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Ski/snowboard rack

Discussion in 'Model X' started by akordz, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. akordz

    akordz Member

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    I know summer is about to start but I'm looking at what kind of hitch ski snowboard racks are available...since it'll influence what bike rack I'll get.

    The Thule and Yakima ski racks "add-on" to their bike racks and don't seem very stable, secure, or nice. But, if there is nothing else available then I'll end up getting one of these bike racks to make my winter rack easier.

    Has anyone been able to find an alternative?

    Thanks!
     
  2. umeshunni

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    The official Tesla Model X hitch rack says that a ski rack is sold separately: Tesla — Model X Hitch Rack
    NOTE: SKI/SNOWBOARD CARRIER FOR HITCH RACK required to carry skis/snowboards. Sold separately.

    Perhaps it will be available soon?
     
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    Also curious.

    If an add on will be available later I assume it will just be the re branded Yakima also.
     
  4. akordz

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    Thanks for the link! I hope a better design will become available....but if the bike rack is looking the same then I'm not optimistic.
     
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    Just buy a Yakima Hitchski it will be the very same thing.

    HitchSki
     
  6. umeshunni

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    Do you have the Yakima? The reviews aren't great.
     
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    No hitch based ski/snowboard rack solution is "great." It's just an awful place to put your gear, especially in bad weather. (This is why you rarely see them in use... and they often hit Craig's List soon after a few attempts.)
     
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    No. My skis will ride inside with me. That's partly why I ordered a 6 seater. :p;)
     
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    Does any one know if skis fit under the second row seats in a 7 seater?

    I leave my skis up at the resort year round so I doubt it will be an issue but I do want the option of bringing them back with me! Rather not buy a rack...never needed one before!
     
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    There's enough height under the seats to fit skis, but there's no way you would be able to find enough length. You would run into the rear axle bump that the third row sits on, and the step is too great to angle anything upright and still fit under the seat.
     
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    Dang. I was hoping the length between the bump and front seats would be long enough. :(
     
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    Not likely unless they're pretty short. Probably the same issue with the across option.
     
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    Since it doesn't sound like there is another, more elegant option. Does anyone have tips on Thule vs Yakima for the ski rack? I snowboard and it doesn't look like more than 2 snowboards can fit (1 on either side) for either model.
     
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  14. Gymee

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    Surely a snowboard fits under those seats, no?
     
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    My car is at the service center now. My bindings are much bigger than ski bindings--hopefully it fits!
     
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    Is your plan to fold the 3rd row and then pass the skis through to the gap in the 2nd row? How do you plan to keep it stable?
     
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    Not a bad idea.

    Let us know if you find something wide enough. You probably wouldn't need quite 72 inches wide for 185 cm skis since you'd be able to lay your longest skis diagonally.

    I've also generally thought about simply using my hard shell case inside my car (to protect the interior) and sticking them through the second row seats (only 2 in our case). We've actually driven that way (to bring the skis to the airport) and it works fine.
     
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    I agree that having snow equipment exposed to the elements (snow, sand, salt, etc) is not ideal and definitely something I will not subject my equipment to again. I'm hoping that I can fit 4 snowboards inside the vehicle and if so, I'll fabricate some kind of protective tray before the next season starts. Hopefully, I can re-purpose some old plastic sleds that the kids no longer use. :)
     
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    #20 akordz, Jun 20, 2016
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    This could work great for me. Thank you for the idea! My snowboard is a 158 and should fit inside without a problem. I imagine the cargo box will also give better aerodynamics, safety, and security.

    I re-read your comment and details on the Thule. Hopefully someone makes a wider one.
     
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