Originally Posted by rockbender
On the complete dirtbag side of things, I simply have a piece of PVC pipe over the top of my load bar and it works just dandy for the amount we haul our canoe around. The price was right!
I like that idea, but I'd have to have the rear cross-member pretty close to the rear of the vehicle for it to support the canoe during initial loading (if I'm picturing your description right)? I was figuring the rear bar would be somewhere in the neighborhood of the rear tires, or maybe that's where I figure I'll be standing to work the straps.
Do you have a pic of your setup?
Edit: On second thought, the straps are probably going to be out of reach up on top along side the canoe... Gotta put some pool noodles on the gunnels and throw it up there, get a feel for things.