How do you carry a kayak on a Ford Escape? How do you carry a kayak on a Ford Escape?
What’s the best way to strap a kayak to the roof of my Escape? I’m going to my boyfriend’s cabin for the weekend, and there’s a lake nearby that would be great for kayaking.
Aw, that sounds like a super fun trip! To carry a kayak on a Ford Escape, you’ll need to purchase an appropriate roof rack and install it according to the accompanying instructions.
Each rack system is slightly different. Some racks are best for cargo or luggage, while others are best for carrying bikes, skis, snowboards, canoes, and kayaks.
The best choice for a kayak is the J-style rack. Consisting of a base and a holding arm, the J-shaped rack will allow you to load and strap in your kayak without purchasing a special kayak carrier.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something even more versatile, then buy a universal roof rack, which is essentially two crossbars that span the roof of your car from the driver’s side to the passenger’s side. From there, you can use tie-down straps to secure the kayak.
To ensure the trip to your boyfriend’s goes off without a hitch, consider getting a roadside assistance membership through the Jerry app. Jerry offers customers a modern roadside assistance membership with traditional benefits like towing and jumpstarts, along with Uber-like tracking for the status of your service and the ability to contact your service provider directly. The best part? Pricing starts as low as $4.16 a month.
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