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 Post subject: Boat tote question
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:15 pm 
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Location: Palatka, FL
Just got a new to me Ford Transit Connect wagon as my regular driver. So the days of tossing the boat in the pickup are done for now on longer trips. I needed the covered carry space for our business. What is the best topper to carry a kayak or canoe? I've been told about a Thule Hullivator I think it's called but wanted some feedback from folks here. Also where is the best place to go for the right unit?

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 Post subject: Re: Boat tote question
PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:44 pm 

Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:24 pm
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Location: Mandarin
That's a pretty tall vehicle for hand loading onto a rack system, but you are a pretty tall guy. I use Yakima racks, and I have configured their stuff for several different vehicles. Thule and Yakima compete really hard and both have similar systems and lots of different attachments. Either brand has a variety of ways to connect to your vehicle, and then an assortment of pieces to fit you load. Biggest difference that I'm aware of is Thules has square crossbars and Yakima has round bars. BUt the Yakima attachments I have come with a square insert to fit Thules bars, and I think the Thule do the reverse......

That being said, I use the roller assemblies on the rear bar and the pads on the front. There are a lot of opinions about how to tie things down as well.

When it comes to attaching to the vehicle, here's what I did. I have a Ford Flex, and I know this approach works on the Edge as well. I do not know if Yakima supports this approach. At the time I did it, Ford did not offer roof rails on models with the Vista glass roof (they do now). The rain gutter in the roof has a cover that snaps on to some clips that are screwed down in the gutter. On a vehicle with factory rails, the ends of the rails are attached in the same screw holes as two of these clips. So I found the location of the screws I wanted to use, drilled a hole through the trim cover, removed the screw and attached the Yakima base through the trim cover and into the threaded hole in the roof. You can see the whole write up at

https://www.fordflex.net/forums/viewtop ... 5&start=50

The pictures I posted of the process are no longer linked to the post, but I can send them to you if you want. There are pictures of other vehicles in the replies to the post so you can see how it looks. I leave the bars off unless I am using them, so the roof has the four "nubs" on it normally.

Good luck!


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