Mini-van Roof Top Racks

Posted by Doug Judd on Dec 29, 2004

Jean and I are considering a replacement for her 1998 Ford Explorer, and we've been considering something like a Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey. Things are starting to wear out on the Explorer, and we are also looking for something a bit shorter in height. Being vertically challenged, loading kayaks on the Ford can be a hassle.

Does anyone have experience with roof racks on either of these vehicles? Did you use Thule or Yakima? And did you utilize the factory racks, and then some combination of added accessory?

Roller cradles look like the ideal solution to lifting the boats overhead at the side of the vehicle, but I wasn't sure about the adaptability to a mini-van. Oh yeah, I did check out both sites, but their information was sketchy for both the Toyota and Honda vans.