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Load Stops

3.066666666666667 out of 5 stars
15 Reviews
Color:One Color



Thule Load Stops

The Thule Load Stops hold gear on your roof rack like bookends hold up all those rows of books in the library. With quick installation, you can get on the road with lumber, ladders, small boats, or any other big gear you need to haul. As an addition, the separately sold Thule Load Straps can pass through the Load Stops to hold everything down securely during your travels.

Part Number
502, 503
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

3 based on 15 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 5 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 5 reviews

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1 out of 5 stars

July 1, 2022


I bought the Thule truck rack about a month ago that came with one set of load stops. The load stops however would not fit onto the Thule track? So a friend of mine machined them to fit. I order another set a couple weeks back and received them the day before my road trip. They too did not slide onto the truck rack. I am debating sending them back or have my friend machine them as well... Not sure why neither set fit but it's pretty disappointing when you are all set for a road trip with kayak board and bike in hand only to find the load stops are not compatible with the Thule truck rack. Not sure how to rate this - disappointed


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

3 out of 5 stars

August 28, 2021


This load stop is presented beneath the product page for the Probars, with a heading that indicates the pictured accessories are compatible with the Probar. The picture shown with the load stops does not show a probar in use. The probar's top slopes downward. The loadstop writeup states "Compatible with Thule AeroBlade, Thule Rapid Aero, Thule Xsporter Pro, Thule Xsporter and Thule TracRac 'XT' Aluminum bars (sold separately)." So, IS the load stop compatible with the probar? I need 79" bar length so I'm stuck with the Probar. What will work with it???


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

1 out of 5 stars

August 24, 2021

Check compatibility with your Thule cross bars!

The Thule website specifically states that the Aero Load Stops 502 are not compatible with the Thule Wingbar Evo crossbars. One online retailer stated that the Thule Load Stops they stock, with a different product number, are compatible with the Wingbar Evos. This is definitely not the case. I was mislead by the product number, thinking that this was a Load Stop design that was compatible with my crossbars. Thule needs to develop more accessories that will fit the Wingbar Evos! At a minimum they should provide T-bolts in various lengths that will slide into the Wingbar Evo T-slots.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

September 29, 2020

Great design

I purchased not 1 set, but 2 sets as I was impressed with the design of these load stops, that I decided to purchase another set of racks for the cab of my F150 CrewCab and made my aluminum boat more secure on top!


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

August 26, 2020

Awesome peace of mind

Can’t say enough positive things about these load stops. Had mine for over 20 years and absolutely love them!!!!


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

August 18, 2020

Thule end stops - They?re great product!

I've put it through the wringer

These stops work great for securing 2 canoes on top of my truck and they were so valuable to keep the canoes secured while driving through numerous miles of powerful crosswinds.

Mark H
1 out of 5 stars

June 19, 2020


Is it possible that my new load stops are not compatible with my Thule rack?


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

1 out of 5 stars

May 14, 2020

load stop

unacceptable that when you order more as the other ones fell off that you get the load stop but no bolt or knob. luckily I was able to find the knob to order but not the bolt.

thule online

Originally reviewed on manufacturer

2 out of 5 stars

May 10, 2020

Load stop

I was very disappointed with how small the load stops were height wise I’m a plumber when I carry pipe on the truck I need taller load stops. I had load stops from thule in 2012 They were much taller I don’t know why they’re so small I would never get those again if there’s a different option I would prefer that

Load stop

Originally reviewed on manufacturer

4 out of 5 stars

April 25, 2020

Solid, good finish

I haven't used them yet, but I have been setting them up on the racks, measuring, and preparing. When I am ready to go canoeing, I don't want to say "I wish I'd thought of ____". They are bigger than I anticipated, (good) and feel solid and well made. I also like the large size of the knurled knobs, because it makes them easier to grip. Two possible downsides; One, I wish they had some kind of padding (hard rubber, like on a tire) on the vertical side that will face/touch your load. I can see my aluminum canoe rubbing the paint off the Load Stop, and the Load Stop gouging my canoe. Two, they will be too easy to steal. The Aero rack has an end piece that pivots up to allow the Load Stop to be installed or removed, but it has no locking mechanism to prevent theft. I guess I will remove the stops and lock them in the car while I'm out canoeing. Very good product, just not quite 5-star, for the above reasons.

Old Man River

Originally reviewed on manufacturer