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post #1 of 6 Old 04-27-2010, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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What does everyone use to haul their canoes? I have a 2008 with the factory cross bars. I called the dealer and they sell the canoe carrier package for about $80 and they said it came with two straps, a front rope and is for use with "T-Slot compatible" cross bars. He couldn't verify if my cross bars are this type but if I bring them by they'll look.

My cross bars say "Jeep" on them, attach with a tamper proof allen wrench, and have a long groove (covered by a rubber seal) that goes all the way across. I'm assuming if you pull the rubber out, that's what the "T-Slot" is. They also lock on either side.

Can anyone comment on the factory canoe carrier? I've always used a Yakima system on my previous cars but they require circular cross bars.
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Pretty sure one of our reknown member will answer this one......he is know as the canoe man............
Thanks!

I'm a long time lurker but haven't actually participated with any discussions until today. I have a 2008 Jeep Compass Sport w/CVT. I've put close to 70,000 miles on it with no problems outside of taking a chunk of road debris into the AC condenser last year. It's been very reliable and easy to work on.
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The Canoe Man says . . . Spend the $80

The attachments work great. A bit expensive, but first quality.
The compass is a great canoe carrier, not too tall like some SUVs.
They attach with an allan key in the slots with the rubber strip removed.
If you have a sun roof, with the front bar in the front most position, you get a hell of a whistle when the sun roof is open. An air foil like THULE has would take car of it but MOPAR has nothing of the like available.

The other short coming of your vehicle, is suitable front or rear tie down spots available. IF there are I never found them. I rope bow and stern painters back to the cross bars.

Good luck and happy paddling.

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I bit the bullet and ordered the canoe carrier from my dealer. I already have the crossbars, so the price didn't sting too bad. The parts guy said it shipped directly from the vendor, so hopefully it wont take too long to get.

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Good choice, the attach to the bars much easier than the bars attach to the car.
Good luck and happy paddling.

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