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#1 OffTheGridMaps


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Posted 06 May 2019 - 05:39 PM

I've recently purchased a 2005 FWC Eagle (2-piece roof) and would like to add a roof rack to carry paddleboards, canoe, etc.


What is the optimal front-to-back location to position the roof rack cross-bars?  One consideration I have is loading my canoe (~70lbs).  I thought I might be able to add a roller bar to the rear crossbar, so that I could self-load/unload.  If the roller bar is wide enough (~36") and set far enough back, I was thinking I might be able to flip the canoe upside down, load from the rear, and just push/slide the canoe onto the roof without coming into contact with the camper.


Also, any recommended roller roof rack setups?  I found a couple from Yakima and an off-brand:


Anything else on the market that people have used?



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#2 jimjxsn


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Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:51 PM

I had a FWC Ranger with the factory canoe rack and now have an ATC Panther with the Yakima tracks.  I like having the rack on the tracks because you can adjust the space between the bars to fit your needs.  On the ends works great for a long canoe but not for most other items.


For loading I use a Yakima outrigger which is similar to the Yakima boatloader.  You can get an idea from these pics - 


Thule photo - 



Here are some poor pictures of it on my camper.






I just prop the bow onto the outrigger with the stern on the ground.  Then I grab the stern and swing it over onto the rack.


With my old camper with the factory canoe rack I even made an outrigger out of smaller diameter square tube.


I found that method better than trying to load from the back.


**And it really helps to have crossbars close to as wide as the camper.**

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#3 Vic Harder

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Posted 07 May 2019 - 05:59 AM

What about making some brackets and using one of these?


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