How many canoes are you planning to carry at a time? Thule does have a T that will mount in the hitch at the back. I have pictures of that up here somewhere in the images section. One thing I would be aware of is that you may not want to buy in Alaska but in Maine because of the tax implications. You have to pay Maine taxes as part of your annual registration renewal. If you pay all the taxes up front in Alaska this can put you out several hundreds of dollars. As to service in Maine it really depends on where in Maine you are going to live. I have found some dealerships are really good and some are horrible, I don't remember many that fit the middle ground.Yooper said:Do you carry your canoes on the Ridge? I hope Thule comes out with a roof clamp for their roof rack system.
There may be a way to get the extension bars on top of the rack eventually but at this time there isn't a kit to do that. As to the T, given the length of your boat it may become necessary. But maybe not. I have a 16'6" boat that I use the T on. One thing you might consider is looking at the Yakima site to see about the wrap arounds they make that can wrap onto the existing bars, not sure if the connectors that can go on top would help or not, but it would be something to consider. If you are going to go this route though and find you need an extension, you need to look at the Yakima hitch attachment. The reason being is that it is a Y instead of T. So it is a little better suited for off center loads.Yooper said:I only carry one canoe but I have a Thule box that is also mounted on the roof rack. I use the long Thule bars (58inches) and the roof rack clamps on my Chevy Blazer. The bars extend out on each side about a foot. I tie down the canoe with a strap at the bow and the stern, with two straps at the Thule bars. My plan is to do the same on the Ridge. If all goes well, I won't need the T support. I have a 16 foot Kevlar Mad River canoe. It's only 58 pounds.
Be aware that most states require you to pay excise tax when you bring a car into another state if you haven't paid taxes on it before. I am pretty sure Maine charges you a nice amount when you bring a car in to register it. You are likely required to register it within the first 3 months if I remember correctly unless you are associated with the base. Of course it has been some 13 years since I have had to register a car in Maine so I can't only go on memory.Yooper said:Since we don't have sales tax here in Alaska, it would be cheaper to buy it here. However, the overall price may be cheaper in Maine, so who knows what would be the better deal.