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Question: We'd like to carry various equipment, such as kayaks, canoe, bikes, stand up paddleboards etc, on our 2009 Forest River Rockwood Premier tent trailer / pop-up camper rooftop. Looking for recommendations for the best options. Wondering if a roof rack attached to tracks is something we should consider?
Answer: As of this writing (9/12/2011), you have a couple of great choices from Thule Racks and Yakima Racks for 2009 Forest River Rockwood Premier tent trailer / pop-up camper roof racks. And yes using a roof rack crossbars system that attaches to roof tracks is an ideal set up. Additionally, the roof rack optionally removes from the tracks when you don't need it. With the general purpose pop up camper roof rack in place, you can then attach any gear carriers, such as canoe carriers and kayak carriers, stand-up paddleboard racks and bike racks to the base rack cross bars for transporting your gear and equipment.
You will first install either the Yakima 60” roof tracks or Thule 60” roof tracks on your 2009 Forest River Rockwood Premier pop-up camper rooftop. Then, if using the Yakima tracks you will mount the Yakima Control Towers roof rack system (choose the Yakima LP1 #1 Landing Pads and the 86” cross bars) to the Yakima tracks. Likewise, if using the Thule tracks you will mount the Thule 460 Podium roof rack system (choose the 3101 Podium Fit Kit and the 96” load bars) to the Thule tracks. These systems include easy to follow install instructions, ensuring every step of the installation process is performed correctly. Also, both the Yakima and Thule 60” tracks can be easily cut to any shorter length to fit your needs.
Please note that many pop-up campers already have roof tracks installed on the rooftop. If this were the case with your '09 Forest River Rockwood Premier tent trailer - pop up camper, then you'd simply skip ordering the roof tracks and simply order only the Thule 460 Podium roof rack system or Yakima Control Towers roof rack system. Both systems are universally compatible with any style of roof tracks, regardless of manufacturer. In fact, The Thule system will work on the Yakima tracks and vice versa.
With either of the base roof rack and tracks systems listed above installed as a Forest River Rockwood Premier pop up camper - tent trailer rack, you can then connect any gear carriers to the cross bars. Virtually all gear carriers are universal mounting, allowing you to choose the model that you like best, independent of whether it is the same manufacturer as the base roof rack crossbars system. Each product page will specify what base rack system cross bars the gear carrier is compatible with.
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Thule 460 Podium Complete Roof Rack System - fits Fixed-Point Attachments, Flush Side Rails & Roof Tracks
The complete Thule 460 Podium car rack system fits vehicles with flush side rails, factory rack tracks (including all Thule Tracks) and certain newer model vehicles with integrated fixed-point rack attachment locations on the rooftop. The result is maximum safety and ease of installation & use. Sleek, modern appearance with a seamless factory-like fit. Includes 460 Podium Foot Pack, Thule Fit Kit brackets & pair of square load bars.
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Yakima Roof Racks - Yakima Control Towers Complete Car Roof Racks
The Yakima Control Tower complete base roof rack system mounts to cars & trucks with factory racks / track systems, replacing an existing weak and/or incompatible factory rack. This system also works with all Yakima permanently installed Tracks and vehicles with pre-installed fixed attachment points provided by the vehicle manufacturer. Also mounts to #6 Landing Pads (fiberglass surfaces) for fiberglass truck cap, camper shell or tonneau cover & #7 Landing Pads (metal surfaces) for sheet metal roofs that have no factory rack already.
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Thule Track Systems - Thule TB60 60" Tracks (one pair) for Fiberglass Truck Caps, Camper Shells, Tonneaus, Pop Up Camper, Jeep Hard Top etc.
The TB60 60 inch Thule Roof Tracks (packaged as a pair) are for permanent rack installation applications and make it possible to build a multi-purpose base rack system on any fiberglass surfaces. Common, popular solutions include any pickup truck fiberglass camper shells, caps & toppers, tonneau covers, Jeep Wrangler Hard Top, pop up campers and more. Once the Thule Tracks are installed, simply attach to the tracks a compatible roof rack system (Thule 460 / 460R Podium systems & 3101 Fit Kit, Thule 430 / 430R Tracker systems & TK1 Kit etc.) For fiberglass surfaces only.
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Yakima Roof Track Systems - Yakima 60" Tracks (one pair) for Fiberglass Pop Up Campers, Truck Toppers, Camper Shells, Tonneaus, Jeep Hard Top etc. - 8001135
The 1135 Yakima Roof Tracks (packaged as a pair) are for permanent rack installation applications and make it possible to build a multi-purpose base rack system on any fiberglass surfaces. Common, popular solutions include any pickup truck topper, cap & camper shell, fiberglass tonneau cover, Jeep Wrangler Hard Top, popup campers etc. Once the Yakima Tracks are installed, simply attach to the tracks the Yakima Control Towers, LP1 Landing Pads & Crossbars roof rack system. 60" in length and can be cut to any shorter size. For fiberglass surfaces only.
Our Price: $130.00
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