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Old 07-15-2009, 11:31 PM
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Putting the activity in SAV

Quick pic from a Biking, wind surfing weekend up in Hood River Oregon. My wife and I were just getting ready to go on an epic ride when I had to snap this picture of my X3 all decked out in all her glory. I LOVE this SAV. Or should I say, I love this toy hauler.


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Old 07-16-2009, 06:45 AM
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:01 AM
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I get jealous of the mountain biking supposedly in the west/Rockies. Here in the Appalachians, really great trails are few and far between. They're not as smooth, long, or flowing as most trails out west.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:44 AM
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That looks nice. Would you mind telling me which bike career and roof box are you using? I have been looking for a good bike career and roof box myself. The base support system does not look like the BMW one though, I have the BMW original one on my X3, got a good deal on it from a lease-return X3 owner but the new bike rack etc are quite pricey from BMW.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:26 PM
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I get jealous of the mountain biking supposedly in the west/Rockies. Here in the Appalachians, really great trails are few and far between. They're not as smooth, long, or flowing as most trails out west.
I used to live in NH and it has great technical MTB trails, as well as easier abandoned carriage roads. That's part of the Appalachians. And the West is not always a cakewalk. Trails around western WA can be technical or mild. Same applies to Canyonlands NP, in which I have made a couple of guided trips.
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:03 PM
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That looks nice. Would you mind telling me which bike career and roof box are you using? I have been looking for a good bike career and roof box myself. The base support system does not look like the BMW one though, I have the BMW original one on my X3, got a good deal on it from a lease-return X3 owner but the new bike rack etc are quite pricey from BMW.
Both Yakima and Thule make systems that should compatible. I actually have a Yakima rack, but Thule box (it isn't as high as the Yakima boxes and fits in my garage on the vehicle. You can check both their websites for ideas and basic pricing.
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:59 PM
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Funny, we just set out to do the same thing this week in Provincetown. Here is our X3, loaded up with two kayaks, two bikes, and two dogs, ready to go last Saturday morning.

I have the Thule aerobars, fairing, kayak stacker and bike racks, and everything fit well. This is the first time I loaded this much up there, and everything went fine.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:00 PM
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Both Yakima and Thule make systems that should compatible. I actually have a Yakima rack, but Thule box (it isn't as high as the Yakima boxes and fits in my garage on the vehicle. You can check both their websites for ideas and basic pricing.
I have two sets of Thule racks (traditional rectangular cross section bars, one with #415 feet, other with #450 feet) and use a Yakima box (which clears the garage by 1.5"), or Thule Hullavator for my 18' sea kayak. The latter clears the garage by a finger width, sans kayak. All fit solidly.

For the kayak I tie the bow and stern to a tow hook in each bumper. Bought an extra tow hook to do that. Will get some pix next time I have it set up, and post them.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:59 AM
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I went with the Yakima bars and base supports and the Thule 1800 space box. The Yakima bases seemed to fit better on the BMW roof bars and the Thule space box had better a attachment mechanism. IMO.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:20 AM
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Another tow hook can easily and cheaply be obtained from a BMW wrecking yard.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:00 AM
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Here is a pic of our trip from Chicago -> New Orleans -> Destin Florida and back last week. 4 Adults, 1 dog, and 1 week's worth of crap. The bag is a definite must to avoid having to purchase a bigger vehicle. My wife liked it so much, she wants a full box for future trips.

BMW cross bar support system with a Thule Ranger bag.

The BMW cross bar support system is simply a Thule Aero Kit custom made to fit the BMW nicely
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:15 AM
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Here's the rig at Alki Beach in West Seattle, with a State auto & passenger ferry in the background. Followed by a series of pictures on how the Thule Hullavator is used to load and secure a sea kayak. It's counter sprung and makes it relatively eash to load the boat. Prior to having the Hullavator I was putting a towel on the rear spoiler and sliding the kayak on, but scratched the spoiler anyway.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:11 AM
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Here's the rig at Alki Beach in West Seattle, with a State auto & passenger ferry in the background. Followed by a series of pictures on how the Thule Hullavator is used to load and secure a sea kayak. It's counter sprung and makes it relatively eash to load the boat. Prior to having the Hullavator I was putting a towel on the rear spoiler and sliding the kayak on, but scratched the spoiler anyway.
That's a sweet setup! And I know exactly where you took the photo. Alas, a kayak wouldn't fit on the roof in the parking garage of my condo...
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:34 AM
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Used to have a Thule Box for my annual trek to Steamboat Springs and back but going from 207 to 180 on my skis allows me to carry everything for a three month stay inside.

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Old 08-26-2009, 10:55 PM
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That's a sweet setup! And I know exactly where you took the photo. Alas, a kayak wouldn't fit on the roof in the parking garage of my condo...
Yeah, actually I can't get into my garage with the kayak on. But the Hullavator without the kayak clears it by a finger width, and I have skinny fingers! Dumb luck.

Thank goodness for Cragslist too, where I got the Hullavator, since they list new for $550.
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Here's the rig at Alki Beach in West Seattle, with a State auto & passenger ferry in the background. Followed by a series of pictures on how the Thule Hullavator is used to load and secure a sea kayak. It's counter sprung and makes it relatively eash to load the boat. Prior to having the Hullavator I was putting a towel on the rear spoiler and sliding the kayak on, but scratched the spoiler anyway.
How far do your bars extend past the foot? I just got some 53" Aerobars, which I now think will be too short (have about 3" past foot now).

Any help/feedback would be great!
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