Spring has sprung here in Upstate, NY. The snowmelt and March rains have brought our rivers to full flow and our ponds and lakes into prime recreation levels. It’s time to bust out those kayaks and canoes! We get many requests on how to carry them to water with your Jeep Wrangler. You’ll need to start with one of two base systems:
1. The first is for 1997-2010 Jeep Wranglers with either no top or with the soft top down, which makes it ideal for sunny days. You’ll need to start with our Jeep Base Rack Kit (Part#45058) by Thule which includes footers (to attach to your Jeep’s roll bars) and Thule 58″ Load Bars (to attach a carrier to.) You will also need either a Jeep Kayak Rack, a Jeep Canoe Carrier, or Jeep Surfboard Carrier (if you live near the beach) to carry your vessel.
2. The other option is for the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-2013) with a hard top. Start with the Hardtop Base System for Jeep Wranglers (Part# 300). This will include the footers that attach directly to the hardtop and the Thule 58″ cross rails. UPDATE (5.15.12)- See this post for more on carrying a kayak on a Jeep Wrangler JK.
Next you’ll need to attach a carrier to the base rack set up. To carry a kayak on your Jeep Wrangler, choose either the Jeep Wrangler Kayak Rack (Thule Stacker #830), which can hold up to four kayaks, or the Thule Glide and Set (Thule #883). To carry a canoe, use the Jeep Wrangler Canoe Carrier (Thule #579XT), which holds one canoe per carrier. For all you lucky dogs on the coast that need to carry surfboards, use the Jeep Wrangler Surfboard Rack (Thule #554XT) to bring up to two boards to the beach.
This is just another way we want to help you get out there and have fun! Enjoy!