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Old 06-15-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Driving with a long Paddleboard/Surfboard sticking out rear hatch

For those living near the ocean...Has anyone done a lot of driving with an 11' Paddleboard or longboard hanging a few feet out the back window? I'm having a hard time getting it to fit because once the rear seats are folded I can't get the front passenger seat reclined enough. Not interested in roof racks because my jeep fits in the garage within about an inch before hitting the door. Any surfboard carrying solutions you have would be appreciated.

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Old 06-15-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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What about soft racks?
I don't have my jeep yet, but have a couple paddleboards. I above carried them on a friends jeep Witt the top off no problem, but with the soft top on I'm hoping my soft racks will work using the sound bar.
I have a nice set of sea to summit racks. Not cheap but neither are the paddleboards....

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Old 06-15-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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Get 2 of those foam pool noodles and use them between the paddleboard and the hardtop to keep from scratching (can cut them down depending on width of your board.) Use 2-3 cam straps to secure. A little harder than using a rack, but when not transporting you have zero clearance issues. It's also just a few bucks.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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Just noticed you have a hard top. Get the racks I posted! Super nice and stable for soft racks. Has a rubberized traction material on the bottom that grabs the roof. I can carry 2 paddleboards stacked on mine on highway.
I also got some nice cam straps made with buckle protector sewn in so it won't scratch boards. All in all a nice quick to set up package.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:54 PM   #5
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Thanks!
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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I'm toting a 8' 6" mini-longboard in my 2-door. Luckily I don't have to go but a mile or two depending on what break I want to get to. I just use my board bag to keep the interior protected from the wax and deal with it. If I could use a soft rack on a two door somehow I probably would get one.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:20 PM   #7
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I have a couple of 10' Stewarts and some shorter one's I haul in my 2013 JKU soft top with I think less than 2 feet sticking out. I only need to use 2 bungee cords to hold my board down. I do have to fold down the rear seats, they stick up higher than the front seats. I made a custom bar that supports the front of them between the seats. It works kick-ass. Later on tonight I will post a picture of that bar that I made. PM me for more info if you like.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:43 PM   #8
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In a JKU with a soft top, wouldn't there be a way to use the bars on the soft top to "hang" the boars inside? Maybe put in some loose straps connected to the bars and slide the board in and synch down one to secure it? I have a hard top so I don't know what it really looks like inside the bottom/interior of the soft top.
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #9
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I've ratchet strapped a Kayak on there on a number of occasions. No brackets needed.

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