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Also available: Thule 480R Rapid Traverse Half Pack.
(1 bar roof rack system w/ AeroBlade bar, 480R Feet & Fit Kit)
The Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack roof rack system 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 Thule load bar and 2 Thule 480 Traverse Feet instead of the normal 2 load bars and 4 Thule 480 Traverse Feet. The Half Pack system is an especially great component for creating car & truck racks to transport canoes, kayaks, ladders, lumber etc on gutterless pickup truck cabs and car roof tops when used in combination with a rear receiver hitch T-mast style rack (see image below for this configuration) or a pickup truckbed rack. For example, use a Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack roof rack system up front on the car rooftop or pickup truck cab roof and a Thule 997 Goal Post hitch mount T-mast style kayak / canoe / ladder rack (sold separately; see accessory add-ons below) on the rear of your vehicle. Or use the 480 Traverse Half Pack system up front and a Thule Xsporter truck rack system (sold separately; see accessory add-ons below) in the pickup truckbed.
The complete Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack roof rack system includes all 3 components that are necessary to attach two 480 Traverse Feet & one load bar to your pickup truck cab roof or car roof top:
- Two (2) Thule 480 Traverse Feet (Thule 4802 Foot Pack).
- Two (2) Thule Traverse Fit Kit clips (specific to your vehicle; see ordering notes below. You may receive all four Traverse Fit Kit Clips, since a majority of the Thule Traverse Fit Kit Clip models are not offered as just one pair).
- One (1) Thule square load bar. (bar end caps included).
Thule Half Packs are a great solution for creating car & truck racks to carry watersport gear like canoes, kayaks etc. Carry longer gear including construction equipment and materials such as lumber, ladders, piping and more. (Thule 997 Goal Post sold separately; see accessory add-ons below.)
Can be locked to the vehicle using two Thule One Key System lock cylinders (not included; see accessory add-ons below). Protective surfaces on Half Pack prevent shifting and protect vehicle's paint. No tools required for assembly; easy-to-follow instructions manual included. Thule Racks Lifetime Warranty!
Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack Rack Resource Wall
Read the reviews below to find out what other customers are saying about the Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack 1 cross bar roof rack system.
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this Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack review by Skipper
vehicle year/make/model: 2009 Ford F150 pickup truck
item(s) transported: canoe
I got this rack to use with my 09 Ford F150 supercrew for transporting a canoe. Fitting took some time as my actual measurements didn't agree with the instructions, but now installation takes 3 to 5 min. tops. I wish the rack wasn't quite so low profile as the tip of the canoe comes awful close to the roof when loading and transporting (short canoe). Also the rack deflects about 1/4-1/2" from the weight of the canoe bringing the bow tip ever closer to the roof line. The mounts fit *almost perfect* and it certainly feels secure. The tightening system is classy. I am using the Thule 997 Goal Post T shape mount on the back of the truck and while solid, gives a little more than I'd like. Definitely need the securing straps to tighten the mount. My biggest gripe is the Fit Kit clips come in packs of 4 and I only need 2? Bottom line: Works good and looks nice, but it's Thule and you pay for the quality.
Satisfied With My Thule Set Up
this Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack review by D.D.
vehicle year/make/model: 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 4DR Extended Cab pickup truck
item(s) transported: Ocean Kayak Trident
(ATTENTION: Also includes a review of the trailer hitch mounting 997 Thule Goal Post.)
ORS Racks Direct was the only place I could find that sells a half rack setup. Every other place, you have to buy a complete fit kit. The installation took a little while longer than I wanted. The measurements in the fit kit and the ones I used to make it work are not accurate. I had to move the Feet a complete inch inward just so my doors would shut. It is solid and works great with the 997 Goal Post setup in the back trailer hitch receiver. Just make sure you have a 14' kayak or this will not work. Overall, I am satisfied. The only gripes I have are the fit kit instructions. The stability of the Goal Post. This could have been done better to improve stability. A bolt all the way through the trailer hitch receiver would help. Finally the wind noise. Trust me, get the 480R Rapid Traverse Half pack model that includes the AeroBlade bars, the square bar just by itself up there sounds like a wind tunnel. Not good, hauling a kayak for 800 miles!
(This 2008 Chevy Silverado cab rack and trailer hitch upright T-bar mast configuration includes these components: Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack Towers, one 58" length LB58 crossbar, Thule 1532 Fit Kit Clips, 997 Thule Goal Post, two-pack 512 Thule Locks & Keys)
Discuss the Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack 1 crossbar roof rack system. Use the form below to fire away with your questions, answers and general comments about this product.
Ross D. asks - I own a 2010 Chevy Silveraldo ext cab. and am looking for a 1 bar rack to put on the cab when carrying a canoe. Is this the Thule 1 bar roof rack that I need?
ORS Crew answers - Yes, you will want to go with this Thule 480 Half Pack roof rack system (select the 1532 Fit Kit and at least the 58" length cross bar). The 1532 Traverse Fit Kit is designed for the 2010 Chevy Silverado cab rooftop. Your cab roof width also requires that you go with at least the 58 inch length cross bar (or longer if you want).
Steve A. asks - I have a 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab with 6' box and fiberglass cap. There are no factory rails on either the truck or the cap. I want a roof rack with a single crossbar on the pickup truck cab rooftop and also a roof rack with two cross bars on the fiberglass cap. Would be ideal to be able to move the cap rack to different positions depending on what I am carrying. Is the 480 Traverse 1 cross bar rack the correct system for the 2011 Toyota Tacoma cab, and what do you suggest for the fiberglass cap on the truck bed?
ORS Crew answers - Great set up Steve, yes the 480 Half Pack is what you want (select the 1511 Fit Kit clips and the 58”, or longer, single cross bar). The Yakima Q Tower Half Pack would also work (select the Q128 clips and the 58”, or longer, single crossbar). A roof rack mounted to permanently installed roof tracks on the fiberglass cap is a superb solution. Go with the Thule TB60 60" Tracks and the Thule 460 Podium roof rack (select the 3101 Podium Fit Kit and pair of 58 inch crossbars, or longer). From Yakima you could use the Yakima 60" or 54" Tracks and the Yakima Control Towers roof rack system (select the LP1 Landing Pads and pair of 58 inch cross bars, or longer). The tracks can also be easily cut to any shorter length if needed.
Brent asks - Does this fit a 2003 Chevy Silverado 4dr ext. cab?
ORS Crew answers - Yes this is a confirmed and sanctioned fit. The 1522 Traverse Fit Clips are the correct clips to use, and the 58" length load bar is the recommended length for the 2003 Chevy Silverado 4DR ext. cab roof.
Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack roof rack review video & demo by ORS Racks Direct. Demonstration movie of the Thule Racks 480 Traverse Half Pack system that includes a single load bar, two Thule 480 Traverse Feet and Traverse Fit Kit clips. Designed for use on vehicles with nothing on the roof currently (i.e. no factory rack, side rails, roof tracks, fixed-attachment points etc.) This is a great solution for when only one load bar is needed for the roof top instead of the normal two load bars configuration. The Thule 480 Traverse Half Pack is a very useful component for transporting very long items and is commonly used in combination with the trailer hitch mount Thule 997 GoalPost (this video shows the 480 Traverse Half Pack on a pickup truck cab roof and the 997 GoalPost mounted onto the rear trailer hitch receiver). Also commonly used in combination with truck rack towers and load bar in a pickup truckbed.
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To ensure you receive the correct length load bar and proper Thule Traverse Fit Kit Clips, in our "order check out" area we will get all your vehicle year/make/model info. You may receive all four Traverse Fit Kit Clips, since a majority of Thule Racks Traverse Fit Kit Clip models are available only as a set of four.
Thule Racks recommended load bar length will be provided unless otherwise specified when adding system to your cart.
CLICK HERE to view the load bar size chart.
Two pack of Thule Racks One Key System lock cylinders (not included; see accessory add-ons above) is recommended for locking rack to vehicle.
QUICK ORDERING SOLUTION
Alternatively, we suggest using our easy Thule Racks automated fit guide to quickly find if the 480 Traverse Half Pack will fit your vehicle. Please Note: If the 480 Traverse complete roof rack system fits then the Half Pack version will too. Half Pack is not orderable through the Thule Fit Guide. You will need to order from this page.
*please note: Thule Racks fit guide does not always show all compatible options. Please contact us with any additional compatibility questions.