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    Stack ‘em up, roll ‘em out

    The Stacker is a standby for hauling whitewater kayaks on your roof rack. Evolved considerably from its beginnings as an undistinguished vertical loop, the Thule Stacker now has a separate upper bridge that makes it easy to tie your boats down. The Stacker holds up to four boats and folds down for a cleaner look and reduced wind profile when not in use.
    • Item #THU0018

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    Boat Capacity
    Recommended Use
    carrying your kayaks

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    Outfitted our Jeep Liberty

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    We've had the Thule Stacker on our Jeep Liberty for three years now, quiet literally it doesn't come off. They fold down relatively flat and create absolutely no excess road noise. It is by far easier to load the Stacker with two people than it is by ones self, however with practice you discover ways of figuring it out. Fits two recreational kayaks with no problems what so ever, it was a great investment I've really been impressed with it as a whole. Added bonus with no shortage of silver Jeep Libertys in the world its nice to have something that sets yours apart in a crowded parking lot.

    Works great!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer. I use this rack with my factory installed luggage racks and it works great! I recommend putting those rubber or plastic screw covers over the mounting bracket screws though. If your boats are heavy enough, or when you tighten the straps, the crossbars will sag down and the screws will scratch the top of your car.

    Perfect product!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Love the stacker! I was hesitant when I bought it because it's meant for white water kayaks, and I own a 10' Pelican recreational kayak & 16' Perception touring kayak. I've used the stacker several times now and the kayaks not only fit very nicely, but are very very secure. The rachet straps that are supplied with the stacker work perfectly.

    Of course because my kayaks are deeper than white water kayaks, I can only fit two boats on my roof rack (on a Jeep Grand Cherokee), but that's exactly what I wanted the stacker for. No more shoving one boat in the back & one on the roof :)

    Easy to use

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Used this for several years for white water, and open water kayaks and everything in between, Done two cross country trips with a kayak strapped on it with no issues at all. (even in very windy conditions) They are easy to install wit one person, fold flat when not in use, and on my Subaru Impreza with Thule bars I can easily lift up kayak and strap it on by myself with these. I have putt 5 kayaks on my car with these (though not recommended). nice when not in use fold down or easy to take off and store at home. would buy again

    Great Little Rack

      I've got two whitewater kayaks up on it. Holds the things solid as a rock. I just did 500miles with them up there and didn't worry about them the entire way.

      Jeep Grand Cherokee with a standard roof rack.

      My only gripe is that you need to be nimble to attach things to it, in that I have to pretty much get up on the roof.

      I used a couple of swim noodles as cushions and they work great.

      I've used J-racks before, and I would say this is as comprable to them and I think in the kayaks sit as snug.

      This is an awesome value rack.

      Kayak stacker

        This is a good solid product. It is stable, easy to use and install, and reliable. The only downside is that attaching the straps around the kayaks when the stacker is attached to a mini-van roof rack can be a bit of a chore.

        The Simple solution!

          This really is a great and simple solution to carrying more than one kayak and not having to buy a number of different holders. You can carry up to 4 kayaks with this thing depending on the size of the vehicle, Now that's some serious bang for the buck!
          It lays down when not used so you don't look like the hundreds of people that have kayak cradles and never have a kayak in them.
          One of the only downsides is it can be hard getting the strips through the top of the holders and around the kayak if you don't have a longer reach since the kayak is standing on its side.

          loyal supporter

            works super well. I also had one kayak on top of my car. I say had because the kayak was stolen right out of the rack.... BUT this rack is still locked to my car so it's not going anywhere.

            This rack is really easy to use and was quick to install with my existing Thule bars. I seriously think it took all of 10 minutes to pull the packaging apart and throw it on top. I love not needing assistance to get my gear on and off of my suv. When putting my Kayak on top and securing it to my SUV it would take about 15 min total. I also have 4 Thule systems and this has been firmly attached to my SUV since 2007 and has seen every weather condition possible. What is great about Thule is that their products are designed to not screw up your gear or your car. I am defiantly a loyal supporter of Thule.

            The Stacker

              The Stacker works great! We easily carry three kayaks (one tandem, two singles) atop our Honda Odyssey. Install the straps through the stacker first and lay them out toward the front and rear of the vehicle. After the kayaks are placed on top a simple flip of the strap and you are ready to secure!

              I love my Stacker

                I've got my Stacker on a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and I'm carrying (2) 10' kayaks on it. I love it. I can single handedly have my kayaks up on the carrier and tied down in less than 10 min. If it's windy, having another person to hang on to the the first kayak while loading the second is helpful. Another helpful tip is to have your straps in place; next up go the kayaks, toss the straps over the top and then tie them down...simple as that. And I'm looking VERY COOL when going down the road, too. : )-

                Unanswered Question

                Dumb question the stacker sold as a set of two (2) or is the price as listed ($159.99) for one (1) stacker and two (2) are required? Thanks.

                I'd like to carry 2 kayaks in the bed of...

                I'd like to carry 2 kayaks in the bed of a pickup. If I mount a roof rack system in the bed of my pick up then use the Stacker or J mounts, do you think it's worth my time? I'll be carrying 2 13' kayaks.

                That seems like an awful lot of work just for they kayaks. If you were going to use the rack for other things as well (i.e. bikes, skis..) then it might be worth it. If your boats are plastic and you're not travelling through super hot and sunshiney places for long amounts of time, you'll probably be good just having them rest on the tail gate and fastening the bottom end to the bed near the cab.

                Unanswered Question

                will these be stable with a 25 inch roof...

                will these be stable with a 25 inch roof rack spread? (subaru wrx) it will be for a maxium of 8 foot creek boats

                Unanswered Question

                I have a 2011 Chevy Traverse with the...

                I have a 2011 Chevy Traverse with the standard roof racks.
                What Thule Kayak mount would work the best for two Hobie 16 foot adventure Kayaks? We always have two people to lift them on the top of the vehicle. So I'm looking for a safe easy way to secure them.
                Could some one give me the model that is user friendly. Thanks Dave

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                What is the size range of stock crossbars...

                What is the size range of stock crossbars that this will go on? My bars on my 1996 Subaru Impreza are about 4 inches wide and relatively thick? Will this still work?

                I have a 2010 Subaru Outback so I'm all...

                I have a 2010 Subaru Outback so I'm all set with the rack, but I have fishing kayaks not white water kayaks. Anyone with experience using the stacker with these type kayaks?

                Best Answer

                I have the stacker (different model but essentially the samething) and use it with none whitewater boats. The only issue is if your boat is particular in ground to top may not be able to stack as many boats together. I'd say on an Outback 3 kayaks would be no problem. If this helped please Thumbs Up. Thanks.

                I want to carry 2 9'8" sit insides and one...

                I want to carry 2 9'8" sit insides and one 9'+ SOT on 50" crossbars with thule stacker. anyone experimented with this combo? ideas on best way? i am normally only carrying 2.

                Does the stacker mount to flat roof rack...

                Does the stacker mount to flat roof rack bars as well as round? I have a Subaru roof rack.

                Write your question here...can u put a...

                Write your question here...can u put a canoe in this as well as a kayak?

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                It's snowing like it means it! MAYBE I'LL...

                It's snowing like it means it! MAYBE I'LL USE THE KAYAKS FOR SLEDS! But seriously, I have a 2007 Suburban Z-71 and haul 3 Old Towns; a 10' Vapor, and a 12' and 14' Dirigo, all on top of the Suburban. I currently use a handmade rack that puts the larger ones on the bottom, and the 10 footer on the top of a "T' post, all cockpit down. I want a factory rack that makes it easier than it now is to load this Clampett rig. (Jed would be proud!) The Subibby has factory rails and cross bars. Any ideas?
                I thought the stacker may be best but maybe not?

                Unanswered Question

                Hi, I have a Holden Commodore VT 1998 4...

                Hi, I have a Holden Commodore VT 1998 4 door sedan, with a 'Prorack' Whispbar roof rack. Would this fit my roof rack with 2 kayaks onboard??

                Unanswered Question

                I've lost one triangular fastener to one...

                I've lost one triangular fastener to one of my stackers and it needs to be replaced because I can't lock it in the upwards position. any help on where I can get replacements would be appreciated

                Write your question here.I am wondering...

                Write your question here.I am wondering if a can safely put four single kayaks on top of my Toyota 4 door Camry? It has no gutter racks. Both Thule and Yakima web sites indicate that their stacker racks will fit on the Toyota Camry. But will they fit four kayaks safely? Thanks!

                Best Answer

                The main thing you will want to consider is how wide all four kayaks will be when positioned on the rack including the width of the rack itself. You'll then need to make sure that this overall width doesn't exceed the width of your bars.

                Since every boat is shaped a bit differently the only way to know for sure is to get the rack and boats and try it out. If you can get all four boats loaded and properly strapped down, then they aren't going to go anywhere in transit.

                To gain extra width you can always use slightly longer crossbars, although I try to avoid this whenever possible.

                Unanswered Question

                I tend to carry both surfboards and kayaks...

                I tend to carry both surfboards and kayaks in the summer, but I don't want to separate racks to take on and off. Does anyone who has this think that you could snuggly fit something as skinny as a surfboard or two?

                I want to buy 3 sit-in Kayaks for Xmas. ...

                I want to buy 3 sit-in Kayaks for Xmas. I have a 2004 Pontiac Montana extended cab mini van with a factory rack. Inside width between rack bars is 38". Outside width of bars measures 41 1/2." Can I carry the three kayaks? What is the best way to go?

                The rack will probably hold the size but weight will be the issue. I have two sit on top boats and a tandem kayak. The sit on tops weigh 60lbs plus and the tandem weighs 70lbs plus. The capacity of my rack is 125 lbs. on my Honda accord. The only way to take the 3 boats is to take 2 cars. You may ne able to increase capacity with a hitch mount rack to help out the roof rack. Hope this helps.

                Unanswered Question

                Is there a big difference in the stacker...

                Is there a big difference in the stacker 520 vs the 830? I have a nissan Xterra, I I need to be able to carry 2 kayaks.

                What type of Fit Kit would I use for my...

                What type of Fit Kit would I use for my Lumina LTZ 1998(yes it's getting old)

                Go to Thule's site and use their 'Rack My Car' function.I'll also put in a shameless plug for Yakima. I think they make a substantially better product…for less money. It's win-win for the consumer.Yakima 'Fit My Car' Tool: