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Old 05-21-2015, 11:01 AM   #1
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What roof rack to I buy?

I have a sit on top tandem kayak that weighs seventy-five pounds. So far I have been strapping it to my Jeep roof. It is causing some damage with the paint so I want to attach it to my trailer with a roof rack.

What do I look for in a rack? As I as mentioned, I have a kayak but I would also like to include two bicycles.

My pop up is 84 inches wide.

Is this something I can safely install myself or is it advisable to have it installed by the RV shop?
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:09 AM   #2
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I would get a rack like this SportRack Pop-Up Camper Roof Rack - Square Crossbars - Steel SportRack Ladder Racks SR1020 they are designed for popup roofs. Other manufactures make them as well.
Here as well http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/sp...l#.VV31pE9VhBc
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One of my work colleagues just told me that pop up trailers are not strong enough for what I want to do. Is this true?
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As long as you don't go over your max trailer weight you should be OK. The max on the bars I linked to is around 200 lbs so with a 75 lb kayak you could be close with two bicycles. You should be ok as long as the weight of the bars is on the side of the roof and only load it with the roof closed. I have seen lots of popups with this style of roof rack on them.
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Years ago when I had a pop-up, I strapped a bike rack with 5 bikes on top of it with ratcheting tie-downs. Also walked on it quite a few times. While closed of course. Never had a problem.
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Old 05-24-2015, 11:37 AM   #6
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Iím thinking of this rack.

SportRack Pop-Up Camper Roof Rack - Square Crossbars - Steel SportRack Ladder Racks SR1020

It extends beyond my side to side roof and can hold the weight of two hundred pounds, more than enough for one kayak and two bikes.

Now my question is where to put it. The roof footprint is seven by fourteen feet. The air conditioner is back left of the roof. I found this photo of my popup. Hope it helps. Itís a Rockwood HW 277.

http://toppersrvs.interactrv.netdna-...=600&width=800


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I would get a rack like this SportRack Pop-Up Camper Roof Rack - Square Crossbars - Steel SportRack Ladder Racks SR1020 they are designed for popup roofs. Other manufactures make them as well.
Here as well SportRack Camp Trailer Roof Rack System | Canadian Tire
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As far as where to put it. That may take some trial and error with sitting the bars on the roof and seeing how you bikes and kayak fit.
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I have also been thinking of how to carry a canoe on my popup, and I came across someone who built a PVC rack, that gets strapped down to the frame. Has anyone here seen or tried this method? I'm trying to avoid hard-mounting anything to the roof. Thanks!
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I have also been thinking of how to carry a canoe on my popup, and I came across someone who built a PVC rack, that gets strapped down to the frame. Has anyone here seen or tried this method? I'm trying to avoid hard-mounting anything to the roof. Thanks!

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Old 06-01-2015, 11:40 AM   #10
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What about this instead of drilling in my roof.

I came across this possible solution. Would my popup spare tire mount be strong enough for this setup? My two bikes combined weigh ninety pounds.

OSI Spare Tire Mount 3 Bike Rack by Surco
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