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Old 02-08-2015, 11:25 AM   #29
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Can you design a rack to put the kayaks on the roof of the Scamp???

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The Scamp is not designed to take a weight load on the roof so unless they are VERY light kayaks it could be a disaster. Not to mention the difficulty in actually getting them up there and secure - which could in itself result in a disaster or two to the party trying to do it
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:02 PM   #30
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I have a 2014 outback so I know what you mean about the tongue weight limit. And after looking deeper into the Stromberg rack mount I see it is 49lbs. Add a rack and 2 bikes and things are really pushing the limit! We replaced the factory cross bars with Yakima Racks like in this photo. http://ep.yimg.com/ay/orsracksdirect...ding-pad-1.gif We are able to carry a canoe (or 2 recreational kayaks on their sides) and 2 bikes on the roof. The yakima racks are strong but I will just never trust that factory plastic junk that it is connected to. We have 2 very young kids so as they get older and their bikes get bigger, things will get complicated fast!
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:05 PM   #31
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floyd brought up a good point about turning radius, but I wonder if this would work, at least with smaller bikes... Swagman XP Towing Rack - Folding 3 Bike Rack for 2" Trailer Hitches Swagman Hitch Bike Racks S64955

(With only 2 bikes packed as close to each other as possible)!
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:18 PM   #32
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:52 PM   #33
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The yakima racks are strong but I will just never trust that factory plastic junk that it is connected to.
I would not worry about the factory roof racks! I have owned several Outbacks and a member of my family has tested the factory racks to the extreme on two occasions. Has driven full speed ahead into a covered parking area with mountain bikes on the roof the car. In both cases the rather expensive Yakima and Thule bike components attached to the cars factory roof mounts ripped of in a tangled mess along with the bikes. The factory installed roof racks remained on - although in the latest incident one of the cross bars did twist a little. Was able to purchase a replacement for it from Subaru.
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Until you get pulled over for obstructing your headlights and turn signals, I guess.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:33 AM   #36
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Looks like a solution with bikes up front but to add to Glenn's post you killed the vehicle's aerodynamics.


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Donna, for sure no idea is perfect. We found that with the bikes in the trailer they stay secure, clean, dry, and bug free. I also like the unobstructed view of the road.
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A possible solution for 1 bike at the front....
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:32 PM   #38
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bike carrier

The sky is not blue. The air is blue from the frustration
of trying to add pictures to a reply showing how I
made a carrier for bikes. It will just not work for me.
The carrier mounts on the hitch of the tow vehicle.
Send a PM and I will reply via e-mail. I know how
to do that.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:05 PM   #39
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I put all 5 of our mountain bikes inside. The rear table stays down as a bed and I put old blankets down to protect the cushions then I put 4 of the bikes in standing up with their front wheels on the bed. I put cardboard or old towels in between where the pedals or anything else might scrape on the others then bungee them all together tightly. The fifth bike I put on the front couch, again on an old blanket and bungeed tightly. Sleeping bags in their stuff sacks make great padding, too, then I just pack stuff around them. I've gotten pretty quick at it so that it's actually less time and hassle than putting them on the bike rack and DEFINITELY easier than getting them down from a roof rack on an SUV!
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