Originally Posted by rsd
I'm looking for gutter mount roof rack options for my 90' RT versatile. I'd like to be able to put my wife's paddle board and kayak on the roof.
I've seen gutter mount options for ladder racks but nothing tall enough for the high top. In Europe the Thule 420 with 421 or 422 extensions could work, but I can't find them in Canada or the US. Alumness makes nice custom racks, but they are too expensive.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Just a side note. Aluminess will refuse to install their roof rack onto a Roadtrek. Something about having to cut through the finished interior as well as not knowing how strong the attachment of the roof cap is. Said too much liability. Trust me, I know. I begged them to put a roof rack on my 2007 190P.
I ended up installing a rack myself using side plates from Thule, and towers from Yakima with Yakima cross bars. I did not want to install the roof rails on the top of the roof. I was worried about eventual leaking. I opted for the side plates with a heavy dose of silicone to prevent leaking. The rack is very sturdy and currently holds a large cargo carrier that has a lot of stuff in it. Our Roadtrek is a 4x4 which we use on bumpy roads frequently. The rack has stayed solid with some crazy swaying back and forth (of the van) sometimes.
I too started down the road of looking for the gutter mount towers. It ended up in frustration. I even contacted Thule directly for help. I am glad I decided to go the way I did. It has worked out well. It was terrifying to drill the first hole carefully into the side of the fiberglass cap but I got over it quickly. As far as taking kayaks and paddle boards, take a look at my thread in the General Discussion section about my vertical kayak carrier. I don’t know how long your kayak and PB is but maybe it can work for you too.