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Question: My 2000 Ford Ranger regular cab pick up truck has a tonneau cover on the truckbed, so I'm have a hard time figuring out what to use for a canoe rack. It does have a rear trailer hitch receiver if there's anything that'll work on it. Thanks for any help!
Answer: As of this writing (2/18/2011), we highly recommend the following pickup truck canoe rack options for your 2000 Ford Ranger regular cab pickup truck that has a tonneau cover installed...
CAB ROOF / TRAILER HITCH COMBINATION SYSTEM
This is the most popular configuration for pickup trucks that have a tonneau cover installed. For the cab rooftop you will want to go with the Yakima Q Towers Half Pack roof rack system. Includes two Q Towers, two Q4 clips (made specifically for your 2000 Ford Ranger cab roof) and a single cross bar (the 58" length cross bar is the recommended size for your cab roof). The Yakima Q Towers Half Pack roof rack mounts to the cab roof using the pair of Yakima Q4 clips. Likewise, Thule Racks offers the Thule 400XT Aero Half Pack roof rack system. Includes two 400XT Aero Feet, two 56 Fit Kit clips (made specifically for your 2000 Ford Ranger cab roof) and a single cross bar (the 58" length cross bar is the recommended size for your cab roof). The Thule 400XT Aero Half Pack roof rack mounts to the cab roof using the pair of Thule 56 Fit Kit clips.
You will then want to mount either the Yakima DryDock hitch rack or the Thule 997 GoalPost hitch rack to a rear 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. Also select a single 58 inch cross bar to use with the DryDock (option to add cross bar with DryDock purchase is available on the Yakima DryDock product page). If selecting the Thule 997 GoalPost, you do not need to also purchase a single crossbar as the Thule 997 GoalPost includes a single 58 inch cross bar already.
Finally, we then highly recommend using the Yakima Gunwale Brackets canoe rack if you are using the Yakima Q Towers Half Pack / DryDock hitch rack system. The Thule 579XT canoe rack is recommended for use with the Thule 400XT Aero Half Pack / 997 GoalPost hitch rack system. You will connect two Yakima Gunwale Bracket saddles or two 579XT canoe carrier saddles to the front Yakima Q Towers or Thule 400XT Aero cross bar and the other pair of Yakima Gunwale Bracket saddles or two 579XT canoe carrier saddles to the rear DryDock or 997 GoalPost crossbar.
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Thule Car & Truck Racks - Thule 400XT Aero Half Pack Car & Truck Rack System
The Thule 400XT Aero Half Pack is a 1 crossbar roof rack system, serving as an ideal multi-purpose base rack solution for cars and trucks without rain gutters or factory racks and only need 1 load bar and 2 Thule 400XT Aero Feet instead of the normal 2 load bars and 4 Thule 400XT Aero Feet. Especially great for creating car & truck racks to carry canoe, kayaks, ladders, construction materials and more on gutterless trucks and cars when used in combination with hitch mount Thule 997 Goal Post or truckbed truck racks.
Our Price: $192.50
Thule Canoe Racks - Thule 997 GoalPost Hitch Mounted Kayak / Canoe Racks for 2 inch Hitches
The Thule 997 Goal Post t-bar canoe and kayak racks provide easier transportation of canoes, kayaks and any long loads such as ladders, lumber etc on pickup trucks (including camper shells), SUVs and vans. Fits 2" hitch receivers. Use in combination with a Thule Half Pack multi-purpose base roof rack on the front of vehicle.
Our Price: $229.95
Yakima Car & Truck Racks - Yakima Q Towers Half Pack Car & Truck Rack System
The Yakima Q Tower Half Pack is a 1 cross bar roof rack system, serving as an ideal multi-purpose base rack solution for cars and trucks without rain gutters or factory racks and only need 1 cross bar and 2 Yakima Q Towers instead of the normal 2 cross bars and 4 Q Towers. Especially great for creating car & truck racks to carry canoe / kayaks, construction materials, ladders and more on gutterless trucks and cars when used in combination with Yakima hitch mount DryDock or Yakima Outdoorsman 300 pickup truckbed rack 1/2 set.
Our Price: $178.00
Yakima Kayak & Canoe Racks - 2012 Yakima DryDock Kayak & Canoe Racks for 2 inch Hitch Receivers - 8002589
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The 8002589 Yakima Dry Dock is a 2" hitch mount kayak / canoe rack to carry your boat(s) on pickup trucks, SUV's, vans and more. Use in combination with a Yakima Base Rack Half Pack system on the front of your vehicle. You can then connect any of Yakima's kayak or canoe rack attachments. Also makes a great lumber, ladder carrier. Stabilizing straps included. Requires a single crossbar.
Our Price: $199.00
Thule 579XT Canoe Carrier Rack with Straps | Thule Canoe Racks
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The Thule 579XT is a superb canoe rack that comes complete with four L-brackets, two heavy duty straps, buckle protectors and a pair of Thule 855 Quickdraw ratcheting tie down straps for securing the bow and stern of canoe. Attaches to Thule and Inno Racks square load bars only.
Our Price: $94.95
Yakima Gunwale Brackets Canoe Rack | for Carrying Canoes on Car Roof Racks - 8005007
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The 5007 Yakima Gunwale Brackets canoe rack transports all types of canoes by the gunwales. Also an ideal carrier for transporting any boat with an open hull, ladder, plywood / lumber and more! Mounts directly to both Yakima base rack round cross bars and Inno & Thule square load bars. Not compatible with factory installed roof rack crossbars. Includes all four brackets and two 16' heavy-duty load straps.
Our Price: $89.00