PADDLER'S TRUCK RACK
The Paddler's Truck Rack Fits 95% of all pickups on the road today, including Toyota, Nissan, GMC, Ford and Dodge trucks with conventional fleetside bedrails OR TRACK Systems.
- What are the biggest advantages of the Paddler’s Rack over competing racks?
- Will this rack fit different size trucks?
- Will the Paddler’s Truck Rack fit my standard side bed truck?
- Will the Paddler’s Truck Rack fit my newer model Toyota?
- Will the Paddler’s Truck Rack fit my newer model Nissan?
- What keeps the rack from scratching my truck?
- What keeps someone from stealing the rack from my truck?
- What is this Pick-up Truck Rack made of?
- What is the Paddler’s Rack used for?
- What color is the Paddlers Truck Rack?
- How will the rack be shipped and how long will it take?
- How long does it take to remove this pick-up rack from my truck?
- How long does it take to mount the Paddler’s Rack on my truck?
- How does this Pick up Rack attach to my truck and how secure is it?
- How do I tie down cargo?
- Can I use my truck rack to carry a canoe?
- Can I use my rack with a bed liner?
- Can I return the rack if I don’t like it?
Q: What are the biggest advantages of the Paddler’s Rack over competing racks?
- The Paddler’s Rack installs without drilling and preserves the resale value of your truck.
- It can be installed or removed and stored in minutes without heavy lifting.
- It has an expandable crossbar and can fit a variety of trucks (see instructions).
- It saves fuel because it is light weight and you can easily take the rack off when you don’t need it.
- It can safely carry heavy loads of up to 300 lbs.
- It has aluminum crossbars and legs and plated connector elements to resist rust.
- It has eight different tie-down points for ratchet straps, cords or ropes.
- It can be stored in a compact space or hung on the wall.
- The Paddler’s Rack is a great value. Compare prices. We believe you’ll be convinced!
Q: Will this rack fit different size trucks?
The Paddler’s rack is width adjustable and will fit a variety of model trucks. The standard height rack will fit any pickup of a similar bed type (conventional vs track system) with a cab which is 24” tall or shorter. The tall models will fit all pickups of similar bed type no matter how tall the cab is.
Q: Will the Paddler’s Truck Rack fit my standard side bed truck?
The Paddler’s Rack is designed to fit any pickup truck with conventional fleet side bedrails. This includes the vast majority of pickup trucks. The model 2010-1FSR is our standard height rack which is about 25” inches high as measured from the bedrail to the top of the cross bar. This is the right height for almost all trucks. The Ford Super Duty trucks and the Dodge Ram Mega Cabs have extra tall cabs, however, and require the model 2010-1FST, and this model truck rack measures 27.5 inches tall. Model 2010-1B is also available for standard height cabs. This lower-cost special model is designed to bolt onto rather than clamp onto the bedrails of the truck.
Q: Will the Paddler’s Truck Rack fit my newer model Toyota?
The late model Toyota trucks often have an aluminum rail that runs along the inside of the bedrail on both sides of the truck bed. This is called the Toyota Deck Rail System. Paddler’s truck rack model 2010-TRA is designed to attach to the Toyota Tacoma or Tundra with deck rail system. For Toyota trucks without the deck rail system, use model 2010-1FSR.
Q: Will the Paddler’s Truck Rack fit my newer model Nissan?
The late model Nissan Frontier and Titan trucks often have an optional aluminum rail that runs along the inside of the bedrail on both sides of the truck bed. This is called the Nissan Utili-track system. The Paddler’s truck rack model 2010-1TRA is designed to attach to the Nissan Titan with Utili-track System. For Nissan trucks without the Utili-track system, use model 2010-1FSR.
Q: What keeps the rack from scratching my truck?
The top of the truck bed rails that the base of the Rack rest on are protected by rubbery pads on the bottom of the Rack. On standard side bed trucks, the bottom side of the truck bed rail is padded by a hard rubber nub, which prevents direct contact with the clamp.
Q: What keeps someone from stealing the rack from my truck?
The vast majority of people who see this Truck Rack on a pickup assume that this model rack is actually bolted to the bed of the truck because the integrated clamp is not very visible. However, in order to offer a higher security option for those who are concerned, U.S. Rack offers high security fasteners which include keyed button-head cap screws and a matching keyed Allen wrench. When these screws are tightened neither the clamp bottoms (for the standard side beds) nor special inserts (for trucks with track systems) cannot be removed.
Q: What is this Pick-up Truck Rack made of?
The crossbars of the Paddler’s Rack are a special extrusion of structural aluminum, which has the same exterior dimensions as a Standard Thule Crossbar. The Legs and Bases of the basic model are powder coated black. If you live in a high humidity area, to better resist rust Legs and Bases that are first zinc plated and then powder coated silver to match the aluminum crossbars are also available. All threaded parts are rust resistant. Rubbery padding on the bottom of each base helps prevent scratching trucks surface.
Q: What is the Paddler’s Rack used for?
The Paddler’s pick up rack was designed specifically to carry Kayaks and small canoes, because it is very light weight, can be installed or removed in minutes without any drilling, and because each part of the rack can be installed anywhere along the bedrails to carry loads weighing up to 300 lbs.
Q: What color is the Paddlers Truck Rack?
This rack is aluminum with bases and connector hardware that is either powder coated black or zinc plated and powder coated a silvery color to match the legs and crossbars. Other color options are available upon request.
Q: How will the rack be shipped and how long will it take?
Most products shipped by U.S. Rack are delivered to the customer using standard FEDEX ground shipping. Transit time can take up to 5 business days. Processing time especially during the spring/summer season prior to shipping usually takes 1-9 business days after the order is received. However, this may vary so please assume it will take at least 9-14 days for delivery. If you have a certain date by which you must receive your rack, please contact us at 1.888.877.2257 so we can ensure that we ship it in time. An extra fee may be required for expedited processing or delivery.
Q: How long does it take to remove this pick-up rack from my truck?
Once you are familiar with the Paddler’s Truck Rack, you can remove the rack in 5 minutes or less.
Q: How long does it take to mount the Paddler’s Rack on my truck?
When one is familiar with the rack, it can be installed in about 5 minutes after initial assembly. When it arrives in its shipping box the first time, it will take longer. Please read the general and safety instructions carefully.
Q: How does this Pick up Rack attach to my truck and how secure is it?
After initial assembly installation of the rack on a truck with conventional standard side bedrails will only take a few minutes. The Paddler’s Rack attaches by employing an integrated clamping system. A clamp bottom is drawn up by means of a screw turned with an Allen wrench. For conventional beds this squeezes the bedrail of the truck between the clamp below and the base of the rack above. Photos below show rack installed on a conventional bed.
|For trucks with track systems, an insert is slid into the end of Deck Rail or the Utili-track and secured with a wing knob. Installing the models designed for trucks with track systems will take about the same amount of time to install as those for a conventional bed truck. This rack will safely carry up to 300 lbs. of cargo when properly loaded. See below photos.
Q: How do I tie down cargo?
Four tie-down eyes are provided on the four bases of the rack for use with ratchet straps, one on each corner of the rack. There is also a tie-down cleat for use with cords or ropes on each of the four legs.
Q: Can I use my truck rack to carry a canoe?
Many canoes can be carried without difficulty; however, some canoes are shaped so there is a large curve on the top of the canoe when viewed from the side. If this is the case, when the canoe is transported upside down as it is commonly carried, both ends of the canoe tend to hand down below the level of the crossbar and may strike the room of the truck cab. If this curve is not too radical, it may be possible to buy the taller model rack which will raise the height of the crossbars and provide about 2 inches of additional clearance. It is also possible to order the rack with custom height legs. If you have questions about this, please call us at 1-888-877-2257.
Q: Can I use my rack with a bed liner?
There are many different types of bed liners. Spray-on bedliners offer no obstacle in installing this truck rack. The Paddler’s Rack can be used in any case where the bottom of the clamp can hook around the lip of the bedrail and tighten against the bottom of the bed rail. You can test this by simply putting you palms on the bedrail of your truck and seeing if you can curl your fingers around the lip of the bedrail so your finger tips go up around the lip. The newer style under-the-rail bedliners work easily with the Paddlers Rack because they allow access to the bottom of the bed rails. The older style over-the-rail bedliners, which were a single piece, will require that a slit or a hole be made in the bedliner. U.S. Rack offers a bedliner kit, consisting of a 2-1/2 inch hole-saw to make a hole plus 4 plastic caps to plug the holes again later, when the rack is removed.
Q: Can I return the rack if I don’t like it?
Yes. If for any reason you find that your U.S. Rack product is not what you want, simply call us within 30 days of purchase to get a return authorization number. We will then arrange to pick up the product from you. If there is nothing mechanically wrong with the rack a restocking fee of 20% of the total purchase price plus round trip ground shipping will be deducted from your refund. The rack should be returned in the original box and packaged in a way to prevent damage. Damage caused by improper packaging will require repair to return the rack to a condition where is can be re-sold, and will result in a refurbishing fee. If there is a mechanical defect with the product within one year, U.S. Rack will first attempt to fix the problem by shipping you a replacement part. If there is a defect which we cannot fix by replacing components, you may request a return, and we will not charge you restocking or shipping fees. We will then credit your card or send you a check for the appropriate balance.