Roof rack for pram

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  1. John Paine

    John Paine Resident fishing dork

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    I'm seeking thoughts and opinions here re: a good roof rack for my 8' Stillwater Classic.

    I just purchased an SUV that is rather tall. Is there some kind of commercial rack ( or system that somebody's devised) that allows one man to easily load a small boat atop his vehicle without completely jacking both car and boat up?

    Thoughts, suggestions, ideas are both welcomed and appreciated!

    J.P.




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    I have a Spring Creek Hopper II and use a front loader. It is built by 4 Boys Manufacturing in Kelowna, BC - http://www.4boysmfg.com/ - . Mine is a front loader as I tow a 5th wheel. It is a self-loader which allows by old bones (71) to launch and load by myself. Great setup.
     
  4. John Paine

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    Both are really nice loading systems but honestly, for my little pram, a bit too spendy and involved. Love the products from Rhino!

    Thanks again!
     
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    Good luck John. You must be younger than me as I need the help in getting the pram loaded. If fact, I'm going to sell next month the Hopper II and buy a 12' Spratley. My wife wants to go out with me, and that's great with me, and the loader can still easily carry the load.
     
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    I have Yakima rack called a "showboat 66"
    ( http://www.yakima.com/shop/water/load-assist/showboat-66 ) that I used to load my Pac 800 onto my Rav4. I'm planning on selling the pontoon boat so I might as well sell the loader. Your pram is 51" wide. I'll have to measure the roller to see how wide it will spread.
    I don't know if this would work, but I'll check it out.

    Greg
     
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    John , check out racknroad store. Its down by green lake 80th? and 99 east side of street.

    Doug
     
  8. Steve Unwin

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    You are correct, Rack and Road is at 80th and 99.
     
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    John, sent you a PM
     
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    John, I'm not exactly sure what your problem is....If you are too short, the boat loader systems like Eide are the ticket. If you are young and not too short, a simple ladder rack or Yakima rack is the answer.....
     
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    Thanks all for your thoughts and recommendations. Narrowing the search.....these ideas were helpful!
     

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