Go Back   TeamTalk > General MasterCraft Topics > Tow Vehicles

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-11-2014, 06:31 PM
shepherd's Avatar
shepherd shepherd is offline
MC Addict
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Boat: 2003 Prostar 197 35th Anniversary Edition
Location: South Coast
Posts: 7,265
Chevy Avalanche Truck Racks

I'm looking to get a rack for my Avalanche to carry a kayak, surfboard, and paddleboard. In addition to one roof rack across the top of the cab (that rests on top of the stock longitudinal racks already there) I'll need a removable rack at the back of the bed.

Can anyone suggest a source?

It's a 2007 LTZ.
__________________
/ \

2003 Prostar 197 35th Anniversary
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-13-2014, 08:38 AM
mzimme's Avatar
mzimme mzimme is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Boat: 2006 Supra 20V
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 2,107
www.yakima.com

www.thule.com

That's where I'd start...

Do you have an REI retail store around you?
__________________
1983 Stars & Stripes w/ PowerSlot
-Mike
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-13-2014, 08:57 AM
JohnE's Avatar
JohnE JohnE is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Boat: 1997 '190 LT-1/ 'slot
Location: Boston 'burbs
Posts: 8,242
Quote:
Originally Posted by shepherd View Post
I'm looking to get a rack for my Avalanche to carry a kayak, surfboard, and paddleboard. In addition to one roof rack across the top of the cab (that rests on top of the stock longitudinal racks already there) I'll need a removable rack at the back of the bed.

Can anyone suggest a source?

It's a 2007 LTZ.
I've never seen one. I'd buy one if they were available. I've thought of having one custom built - but don't have a lot of use for one. Just occasional. I'd have it built so that you remove the 2 rear "hooks" behind the saddlebag lids and use those bolts to mount it.
__________________
'97 Prostar 190 - LT-1

Prior boats - 2009 X14, 2008 X14, 2005 197, 1988 Tristar 190, 1989 Prostar.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-13-2014, 09:03 AM
BrianM's Avatar
BrianM BrianM is offline
MC Maniac
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: 1988 Prostar 190
Location: Mandeville, LA
Posts: 4,921
Technically nobody makes a rack that fits the Avalanche bed covers. That being said it can be done with a Yakima setup without having to drill holes in the bed covers. I researched a lot and came up with this setup. I leave my cross bars on all the time. You can remove the bed covers same as always.

48" Yakima Cross Bars (You could go longer but you would have to mount past the sail panels and your side storage wouldn't open)
Yakima Q Towers
Yakima Q Clip 30

I carry 3 bikes (Frontloader racks) on mine and have the bars mounted on cover 1 and 2 so if needed I can remove cover 3 for long items and still have the rack. You could easily mount the cross bars anywhere on the bed covers moving the rear bar nearly to the tailgate if needed for longer items. Photo attached of mine without the bike racks on. I also have a Loadwarrior basket that I can mount to the bars which allows all kinds of storage over the bed covers. The basket can also be mounted on the roof mounted factory rails or on any other vehicle with factory or aftermarket crossbars

I got all my stuff from ORS Racks Direct who seem to have the best prices and great customer service. Here is a link to them with the links to the Avalanche setup (but I see they have a misprint in the description saying 58" cross bars you want 48").

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/2010-c...ike-racks.html
Attached Images
 
__________________


1997 Prostar 190, TBI 350, 1:1, OJ XMP 13 x 11.5, Stargazer, Hot Shower, Heated Drivers Seat, Reuben/Mountain Rock/Nite Navy



Last edited by BrianM; 02-13-2014 at 09:20 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-13-2014, 09:12 AM
mzimme's Avatar
mzimme mzimme is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Boat: 2006 Supra 20V
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 2,107
^^ If you go that route, I have that exact setup minus the clips that I used to use on my Lexus. That car has since been sold, and I'd be willing to part with the rack. I'd give it to you for 25% less than what ORS racks comes up with. They have locks installed on them, and I even still have the keys! All you'd have to do is buy new clips and swap them out. They're probably 25-30 bucks I'd guess.
__________________
1983 Stars & Stripes w/ PowerSlot
-Mike
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-13-2014, 09:17 AM
scott023's Avatar
scott023 scott023 is offline
MC Master Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Boat: 2008 X45 Switch L18
Location: Canada
Posts: 10,776
Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianM View Post
Technically nobody makes a rack that fits the Avalanche bed covers. That being said it can be done with a Yakima setup without having to drill holes in the bed covers. I researched a lot and came up with this setup. I leave my cross bars on all the time. You can remove them same as always.

48" Yakima Cross Bars
Yakima Q Towers
Yakima Q Clip 30

I carry 3 bikes (Frontloader racks) on mine and have the bars mounted on cover 1 and 2 so if needed I can remove cover 3 for long items and still have the rack. You could easily mount the cross bars anywhere on the bed covers moving the rear bar nearly to the tailgate if needed for longer items. Photo attached of mine without the bike racks on. I also have a Loadwarrior basket that I can mount to the bars which allows all kinds of storage over the bed covers. The basket can also be mounted on the roof mounted factory rails or on any other vehicle with factory or aftermarket crossbars

I got all my stuff from ORS Racks Direct who seem to have the best prices and great customer service. Here is a link to them with the links to the Avalanche setup (but I see they have a misprint in the description saying 58" cross bars you want 48").

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/2010-c...ike-racks.html
Dang Brian, that looks awesome.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-10-2014, 01:08 PM
shepherd's Avatar
shepherd shepherd is offline
MC Addict
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Boat: 2003 Prostar 197 35th Anniversary Edition
Location: South Coast
Posts: 7,265
I ended up getting a pair of Yakima cross bars to mount on the roof (only needed one, though) and an "Extend a Truck" for the rear (http://www.extendatruck.com/). Not the ideal solution, but it works. I was hoping for something a little more permanent so I wouldn't have to bother with installing the rack in the hitch each time before using it. I was looking for something like what JohnE suggested. What the Extend a Truck website doesn't tell or show you is that you also have to strap the arms of the unit to the truck to keep it stiff when using the "tall" configuration.
__________________
/ \

2003 Prostar 197 35th Anniversary
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:35 AM.