Roof Rack Modifications - Canoe, long box, 2 boxes?
Search for canoe/long box options came up empty. Had a Thule rack (narrow and wide bars) on my old minivan & seem to have two problems with the new PacHy roof rack.
1. There is only 1 front location and 2 back locations for the cross bars to be installed. They would work great for short roof boxes, but for my long Yakima Box (ski/snowboards), they are too close together, so the box is wobbly. The box is much more stable, the closer the rack bars are to the ends of the box. This problem is even worse with a canoe (16 or 17.5') on the top. It seems odd to me in that all it would have taken for Chrysler would have been a few more sets of threaded locations in the roof rails to have a lot more options for installing the cross bars - very short sighted in my opinion. Has anyone figured out how to mount the cross bars with more distance between them? I don't want to drill into my roof, but could you drill & tap into the roof rails themselves? Anyone seen what the roof rails look like from the underside before they get mounted and where the mounting points are?
2. The cross bars aren't very wide, so 2 boxes or a box & a canoe are out of the question. Has anyone found a solution for mounting wider cross bars? I note that the Thule site does not list any options for mounting Thule cross bars (which I already have narrow and wide sets.) I'm thinking of trying to find some used cross bars from a scrapper (it looks like any bars from a similar Dodge product would work), cut the mount points off, and bolt them to my wide Thule Bars.
It seems I need some Thule Mount points for "square" bars that attach to the far front & rear of the rails.
2018 Pacifica Hybrid
Last edited by tturkstra; 01-06-2018 at 09:45 AM.