Rack N Road 2018 International Sportsmen’s Expo Booth

24th Jan 2018

2018 International Sportsmen’s Expo

This year’s International Sportsmen’s Expo was in Sacramento, Jan 18-21, Rack N Road partnered with Freespirit Recreation for a booth to showcase their High Country roof top tent, and Overlander Trailer. Their roof top tents are easy to use and can be mounted to many different applications, whether it be on a trailer or vehicle roof rack. The Overlander trailer is great for taking off road and provides 45 cubic feet of storage space. In addition to these, Freespirit also has the Readylight solar powered light. This is the perfect light for any situation, it features four mini light pods and the main + mini pod lights have a high and low feature. The mini pods can also be used as flashlights and emergency beacons. Each mini pod has USB charging capabilities, a strong magnet, and hideaway hook feature and can last 5+ hours.

Freespirit Recreation High Country roof top tent Overlander Trailer

A few other products brought to show were the Kuat NV 2.0 hitch mounted bike rack and the Sherpa 2.0 hitch mounted bike rack. Nebo Tools also helped us out by providing us with some of their popular flashlights to sell.  Another light option we had on display to sell was the MPowerd Luci Lights. These are inflatable AND solar powered lights. Once they are inflated, they act as lanterns for any camping, fishing or hunting trip, and can pretty much be used anywhere since they are lightweight, small and easy to pack with your essentials.

Rack N Road 2018 International Sportsmen’s Expo

Last but not least, we had the Weigh Safe adjustable ball mounts for sale. These are tow ball mounts with a built-in weigh scale to help you tow safely. It lets you know that you are within your capacity for the tongue weight on your trailer.

Yakima Hitch Bike Rack Family Vacation Rack Accessories

21st Sep 2017

Hitch 101

Hitches aren’t just for towing! They can carry rear-mounted bike racks, cargo boxes, scooter or motorcycle carriers, and more. When a roof rack won’t cut it or gets inconvenient (for example, reaching up high to grab bikes off the roof of SUVs can get a little old), hitches come in handy. In this Hitch 101 guide, we’ll cover the basics to help you confidently decide if a hitch is right for your vehicle.

The Basics

Trailer Hitch Towing Diagram Rack N Road

Vendors like Rack N Road provide aftermarket hitches. Generally speaking, aftermarket hitches are custom made for each individual vehicle. You need to know the year, make, and model of your car to get it set up with a hitch. These after-market custom hitches reduce dealership warranty conflict and match the carrying capacity of each vehicle. The type of vehicle determines what you should carry on the back of the car just as much as the hitch’s carrying capacity.

Every hitch has an informational sticker. This will display the gross trailer weight capacity (the amount of weight it can tow), and the tongue weight capacity (the amount of weight that can sit directly on the receiver). Never go over the towing or tongue weight capacity, and above all, never exceed the capacity of your vehicle. Those limits are there for a reason!

If towing is in your future, you’ll need a wiring connection installed. Typical wiring will connect running lights, brake lights, and turn signals to your trailer. If you’re not towing, you don’t need wiring unless you’re carrying a rack that requires an electrical connection or blocks the vehicle’s rear lights. The type of wiring and installation difficulty depends on the vehicle. Certain trailers require a brake control system, a more complicated installation that activates the trailer’s brakes as you brake in your own vehicle.

Rack N Road Outfitters have 25+ years of experience installing over 10,000 hitches.

Hitch installations may require fascia trimming, light drilling, or bumper removal; sometimes wiring needs to be run from the engine to the rear of the vehicle. For this reason, we recommend having a professional outfitter install hitches and wiring. At Rack N Road, we’ve never had a dealership warranty voided on our hands.

Not all hitches or hitch providers are created equal. Look for hitches that have two layers of coatings, inside and out, to prevent rusting and corrosion. Find a vendor that offers (limited) lifetime warranties, guarantee quality work, and are certified installers from hitch providers.

What do you want to carry?

Possibly the most important question at Rack N Road: What do you want to carry? Not every vehicle can handle every accessory, so it’s important to understand your carrying capacity. Use the chart below as a quick reference on what’s compatible with your vehicle.


A little explanation is warranted for how hitch tongue weight capacity affects carrying certain accessories. Imagine you’re holding a bowling ball in your hands close to your chest. Not so hard, right? Now imagine holding that bowling ball at arm’s length. The weight of the bowling ball didn’t change, but it’s a lot harder to hold. The same works for the tongue weight capacity of a hitch receiver. Class 1 and Class 2 hitches usually can’t handle the leveraged weight of platform bike racks, 4+ bike racks, cargo boxes, or motorcycle racks. Aside from the tongue weight capacity, some car frames are too weak and will bend under the weight of those accessories (which is why you can’t just add a higher capacity hitch to a Prius, for example). Sometimes the cars are simply too low to the ground, and the racks will drag and grind on the slightest of road bumps.

With all this in mind, Rack N Road employees have the experience to help you carry your gear safely and efficiently. If the hitch isn’t the best solution, we’ll set you up with a roof rack, or both! We install hitches every day, at every location, and have (probably) worked on every car under the sun.

Getting the hitch, getting on the road

Now that you know the basics and what you want, it’s time to put that knowledge to use!

  1. Call your local RNR. Tell us the year, make, and model of your vehicle, and what you want to carry. We’ll set you up with a quote, and order your products if they aren’t in stock. Ordering typically takes 3-5 business days.
  2. Schedule an installation. Most installation ranges from 1-2 hours, but certain vehicles take 3-4. We promise to get you out in one day. Fair warning, some stores are extremely busy in the summer – try to give yourself a week or two of scheduling time.
  3. Get educated! Our employees will show you what they’ve installed, how it works, and answer any questions you have. Feel free to check out our snazzy product showroom.
Corebar Pic #1

11th Aug 2016

New Yakima Racks – The StreamLine System

Jetstream photo #1JetStream

Rack N Road is proud to introduce and be part of the new Yakima StreamLine system. The new JetSteam uses the JetFlow system, an ultra-high performance aluminum teardrop shape that is not only strong but also quiet and aerodynamic. To ensure a quiet drive on those long road trips, these bars include a WindRidge spec designed to minimize drag and wind noise. The JetStream comes with a T-slot that allows gear to be easily and snugly secured to the bars, further reducing wind noise. Lastly, Yakima increased the weight carrying capacity with added support on the inside of the JetStream, improving the overall strength of the crossbars.


Corebar Pic #1

While not top of the line like Yakima’s JetStream, the Corebar puts a lot on the table! The Corebar has an unbeatable price for the quality. Priced at $119 for a pair of Corebars, you save $80 over the JetStream. The Corebar’s similar style to the Jestream means that wind noise and drag are comparably quiet. The steel Corebar can even hold 60lbs over the lightweight JetStream, perfect for heavier gear or adding even more weight to a cargo box for a camping trip.

Accessories and Installation

Now, whats great about both sets of these bars is what can be put up on them! Being a Yakima product there are plenty of attachments that these bars can hold whether that be a kayak rack, winter racks, a bike rack or even cargo carriers. The Corebar and the Jetstream allow a ton of flexibility and will not limit your choice of accessories.

Be sure to also ask us about our custom installation if you want a permanent rack solution. We would be more than happy to walk you through the perks and benefits of having a rack that is put on landing pads instead of a temporary clip in system through the doors. Most of our locations have these custom mounts on hand, ready for a quick installation to get you on the road for that end of summer vacation.

Find your closest store here and call ahead to check out the StreamLine systems!


31st Mar 2016

Yakima’s new StreamLine Rack Mounts have arrived!

It’s taken some time, but the new Yakima roof rack system has finally come. We are proud to introduce the new Yakima StreamLine system to the Rack N Road lineup. Besides being the newest racks to date, the StreamLine system will change the way people think about Yakima roof racks.

Yakima TumberlineTimberline:

To start, Yakima changed their old RailGrab system, which was unfortunately out of date and inadequate in comparison to the Thule system. Yakima put their heads together and decided in order to get a better raised rail system, they needed to introduce something new and different. That’s where the new Timberline system came into play. The stronger Timberline system has a durable stainless steel strap to accommodate to a wide range of side rail shapes. Not only does the Timberline attach to most raised rails, but it also can accommodate to Jetstream and Corebars. With a load rating of 165lbs, you can be sure the Timberline system is the best fit for your raised rails.

Yakima RidgelineRidgeLine:

Don’t have any raised side rails, but still have something on the top of the roof? In most cases, you most likely own flush rails. The Timberline series wont accommodate your vehicle, but you can take a look at Yakima’s new RidgeLine Towers, specifically designed to grab onto flush rails. The brand new RidgeLine Towers have a more advanced, stronger, and quieter design than the previous RailGrab system. Requiring separate RidgeClips to easily install to your specific vehicle, the RidgeLine works with the Jetstream and Corebars to create a streamlined style that aligns with the overall aerodynamic look of the factory flush rails.


Last but not least: the Yakima BaseLine series. Designed by Yakima to mount to vehicles with nothing on the top, the Baseline is perfect for those who once believed a roof rack wasn’t possible on small hatchbacks, sedans, or most other bare roof vehicles.Yakima BaseLine

With separate BaseClips made for your specific vehicle, the BaseLine series can adjust and morph to most roof shapes. At 165lb load capacity, it gives you that  sleek, secure, load-it-up fit that you’ve been acing to have. The system itself is vastly better and more secure than the old Q Tower system, and is something anyone with a bare roof should take a look at. As with the other systems, the Yakima BaseLine allows you to use the JetStream bars or the Corebars.

Extra Tips:

The StreamLine series lacks in one regard, if you already have Yakima round bars, the new towers require a separate adapter to use them. However if you would like to upgrade to the new high end JetStream or the more affordable (yet still great looking) CoreBars, bring in your old round crossbars to Rack N Road and we’ll trade them in to reduce the cost of your purchase. All in all, if you need a roof rack system, the StreamLine series will blow you away. If you have any questions about fit, price, or extra gear you want to carry on top of your new rack, don’t hesitate to get in contact with any of our 7 store locations. We would be more than happy to help you choose the right rack for your vehicle!

4th Mar 2016

This Cooler is Unbreakable!

Looking to get a cooler soon? Want a top of the line product that goes above and beyond everything you expect out of a cooler? Look no further because the Yeti Cooler is your ideal choice!

Yeti Tundra #1

Besides being virtually indestructible and grizzly proof, the Yeti has plenty to offer that nobody else can compete with. A few of these benefits are the permafrost insulation technology integrated in the cooler, which allows all Yeti coolers to stay cool, which is kinda the point of a “cooler.” So, once your drinks go inside the cooler they will always have that nice cold touch. Yeti coolers also have bearfoot non-slip feet. Plenty of people have issues with their cooler staying put on certain surfaces. Of course it’s convenient to put your cooler on the ground, but what happens when space is limited and you need to put you cooler on a surface that isn’t stable, or slippery? That’s where the Yeti feet come into play, not only will your cooler not budge, but it also gives you the ability to place it on a surface that was once too precarious.

Don’t worry about handles wearing out over time and snapping due to heavy loads anymore. The handles are made of military-grade polyester rope, it’s almost impossible to break them. Gone are the days of having to hold your ice chest from the bottom or pushing it on the ground because your handles are broken or too hot. Yeti Coolers also have a convenient Vortex drain system, allowing you to quickly get rid of that excess liquid.

Yeti offers a lot of choices when it comes to finding the right cooler for the right job. The most in-demand cooler would have to be the Tundra, which comes in their 35 series (28 cans of beer or 28lbs of ice) and goes all the way up to their 350 (220 cans of beer or 329lbs of ice). The Tundra series has the most variety and the most applications across the board, whether it be for camping, fishing, hunting, or just a BBQ. Most of the Tundra series comes in standard white in color or you can go with their sky blue or tan.

However,Hopper Yeti Photo if a standard cooler isn’t something your looking for at the moment then why not take a look at some of Yeti’s other options? The Yeti Hopper is a great portable, small solution. The Hopper is a on-the-go cooler which you can carry over your shoulder. A Hydro-lock zipper keeps everything inside the and ensures that all you drinks and snacks stay cool to the touch – and keep any liquid from leaking out.

If you have a chance, check out Yeti’s website and all their other cool products like the Yeti Ice or the Yeti Rambler. At Rack N Road we are thrilled with Yeti and stand by them, but if you want a second opinion check out the insane amount of 5-star reviews each product receives on their website. Give your local Rack N Road a call to see if they have a Yeti on hand or if we can get one quickly for that last minute summer vacation. Trust us when we say there is nobody out there that can beat Yeti as an outdoor camping accessory!

19th Jan 2016

International Sportsmen’s Expo!

ISE Blog PicIn a couple of days the International Sportsman’s Expo will be coming to the Sacramento area! Rack N Road is happy to say we will be attending the Expo again this year and hope to see some old and new faces! The International Sportsmen’s Expo showcases all the new and popular items and ideas in the outdoor sports world. Having attended the Expo more than once, Rack N Road employees can vouch it has everything outdoor lovers are looking for.

There will be hunting seminars and information about different game, fishing tricks and techniques, a sporting dog arena, and exhibition stations with a wide range of goodies available. Be sure to look for us if you need some way to transport your kayak when you want to go fishing, or need a cargo box to carry extra hunting gear!

When: January 21-24 2016 from 11pm-8pm Thurs-Fri, Sat 10pm-7pm & Sun 10pm-5pm
Where: Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds 1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95815

Latest and Greatest: Special Features

  • Fishing and hunting outfitters and guides
  • Boats, motors, and marine accessories
  • RV’s and campers
  • Truck-aftermarket accessories
  • Offroad Test Tracks
  • Outdoor Product Showcases (OPS)

Check out the International Sportsmen’s Expo website to learn more and purchase tickets. We hope to see you there!

30th Dec 2015

Get the right chains for your vehicle

    Winter is in full flow, if you’re heading up to the mountains it’s probably time to invest in a good set of tire chains! We at Rack N Road know that tire chains can be difficult to understand and to deal with, so we decided it was time to step in. In order to help ease the pain we are going to give you a step by step guide into purchasing the right tire chains for your vehicle.
  1. To begin, in order to get the proper tire chain you need to know the measurement of your tires. This can be located on the front of the tire, typically next to the tire’s brand logo. You should be able to see a 3 digit number (Width) followed by a 2 digit number (Profile) and then another 2 digit number (Rim, sometimes displayed with the letter R before the numbers). Each measurement is necessary to determine your tire chain size, so it’s imperative that you mark down the correct numbers. If you are still unsure where to locate these numbers, don’t hesitate to come to a local Rack N Road and we will gladly check it out.
  2. Do you have a passenger vehicle or an SUV or truck? Different vehicles require different chains. IMPORTANT: Some vehicles require 0mm clearance chains. This is typically displayed in the owner’s manual if you aren’t sure whether you need 0mm clearance or not.
  3.  Once you have the proper measurements for your tire, the vehicle type, and know what clearance you have for your chains; we can now narrow down some actual chains. Now, snow chains come in all different shapes and styles so it is very important that you let your local Rack N Road employee know what your looking for in a snow chain. Do you want more traction or do you want an easy off-and-on chain? Is price a factor? Let us know and we’ll get you set up with a perfect fit.
    Rack N Road supplies Thule snow chains, with a range of styles and price points. We can’t get enough of the Easy-Fit design, it is far and away worth the investment if it saves you from the cold scrambling affair that is installing tire chains. Practicing with these chains first eventually allows you to install them in mere seconds.

    The 0mm clearance K-Summit has some of the highest traction and quality of any chain we’ve seen, offering you peace of mind in comparison to cables (it also happens to be another easy installer). The standard diamond pattern on other Thule chains ensures there will always be chain on the road, again a safer bet when compared with the typical ladder style many other brands have.
    Because chains are extremely tire specific, give yourself some time in advance before your road trip to contact your local Rack N Road and check availability. If we don’t have a chain in stock, we can always order it for you!

29th Dec 2015

Try our rental program this winter!

Are you unfamiliar with roof racks? Never put a cargo box on top of your vehicle? Well, we at Rack N Road have a simple and easy solution for you. Before you spend an ample amount of money this winter, we recommend trying our rental program. Customers come into our stores everyday wondering what roof rack would work best for their vehicle, how expensive will everything be, is this something they will use on a consistent basis, and is it worth the cost. If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge, try the product out first to answer your questions.

If you only need an accessory for a short period of time, renting is a great way to save hundreds. If you want to try something before you buy it, all your rental costs go towards purchasing the item!

Getting Started
Does your car already have the foundation to carry accessories? Almost all accessories need a roof rack or a trailer hitch to carry them. If you don’t have crossbars on the roof, let us know if you have any side rails, fixed points, or a bare roof, and we’ll get you set up with the proper fitting rack. Because non-permanent roof racks require a very specific vehicle kit, the only thing you’ll have to buy outright is the fit kit. The rest of the rack is available to rent!

What Do You Need?
Planning on a road trip and need extra storage? Need an easy way to take your skis up to the mountain? Want to try out a hitch rack to see if you like it before you buy it? Rack N Road has plenty of items to rent, and plenty of possibilities. Narrow down what item you need and how long you need it for. Consider the size of your vehicle while figuring out your needs; a cargo box would be a great space saver for a Prius, but it should be a smaller box for the smaller car and may not fit some specialty items or a large amount of luggage.

Get in Touch
Every store has different rental item availability, it’s always a good idea to call ahead to see if they have an item you’re looking for and to see about pricing. After that, come down to the store with your vehicle and we’ll take care of the rest! We’ll show you how to use your rental to ensure you’re good to go.

9th Dec 2015

Our top 3 Gift Ideas for the Holidays!

The Holiday season is in full swing right now, and we at Rack N Road want to help it go as smoothly as possible. We know finding gifts for adventure seekers can be a tough task, getting them the right gift for the right price can be daunting. That’s where we want to help. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for those adventure seekers in your family that will be sure to make them happy.

1) Thule- Universal Pull Top

This Thule product might be the best Ski rack on the market. Not only can you carry up to 4 snowboards and 6 pairs of skis, it also comes with Speedlink hardware, allowing you to install your ski rack quickly, easily, and securely (the Pull Top is fully locking for your peace of mind).  The oversized buttons are easy to push open, even with the most finger restricting gloves.

92726 Univseral Pull TopWhat really sets this ski rack apart from the competition is the telescoping arms, they allow you to pull the entire clamping mechanism away from the roof – no need to scramble over your car to reach all your gear. The Universal Pull Top is a higher priced ski rack, but Thule’s durable and convenient design will make this a gift well used and well loved. Priced at $249.95, keep in mind Rack N Road also tries to guarantee lowest price and everyone is encouraged to call their local store to check if we can price match for you.

2)  Yakima SkyBox Pro 16

Skybox Pro 16

Know somebody who has a lot of gear and usually ends up just throwing the whole mess in the back of the car? Well, a simpler and more convenient solution to that chaos would be storing it all in a cargo box. Not only will the SkyBox Pro 16 provide you with the space you want/need, but it also has a sleek aerodynamic look which will reduce drag and noise. The Skybox Pro 16 opens on each side of the box, so you don’t have to always load or unload your gear on one side of the vehicle. Available in the sleek gray Titanium, or a glossy black Onyx, the Skybox Pro 16 is available for $599.00. Especially for larger sized items like a cargo box, it’s always a good idea to email or call a Rack N Road to check if we have the size and color you want!

Pro tip: Knowing the year, make, model, and body style of the vehicle you want to put a cargo box on can make all the difference! If you plan on gifting a cargo box, learn the size of the vehicle and if it already has a roof rack system, then ask a Rack N Road Outfitter for the perfect sized box to go along with it.

3) Yeti Rambler Lowball

Yeti Lowball

Want something simple to give your adventure seeker? Look no further because this is the perfect gift for anyone! The new Yeti Rambler Lowball is a life changing drinking companion, at the the top of the slopes or around the campfire. Yeti products have an active cult following; people love the Lowball because of the double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps your hot drinks steaming and your cold drinks icy for significantly longer than any other thermos. The stainless steel won’t suffer any wear and tear, the No Sweat Design keeps your hands dry and comfy. We know it may not look as fancy as a new cargo box or ski rack, but for those that like a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning, you cant go wrong with the Lowball.

The Yeti Rambler Lowball sells for $24.99, with lids sold separately for $4.99. This item sells fast so give us a call to reserve yours today!


We’re hoping for a snowy winter this year, these gifts are ideal for the upcoming cold weather for your loved ones (and if you want to treat yourself in the meantime, we won’t judge). For any questions or concerns, go ahead and contact one of our store locations or our tech center and our employees would be more than happy to point you in the right direction! Remember we try to guarantee lowest price on not only these gifts, but all our items, to make sure you get the best savings this season.

13th Nov 2015

Get 20% Off Yakima this November!!!

Come on down to Rack N Road for our annual Yakima Sale!

The sale is going to last from November 13th-30th and will include all Yakima products except Whispbar products. In order to get the full benefits of this sale all you have to do is go to our sale page and enter your email. We’ll send you a coupon to either present on your phone in store, or print out and bring it down with you.

Once you get down to the store you can check out some of our favorite Yakima gear for 20% off! This includes all cargo boxes, perfect for carrying all your wet skis and boots home from a long day on the mountains or saving space traveling with family for the holidays. We understand cargo boxes can be a one of the bigger investments in the vehicle accessory market, so this is a perfect time to get the best deal on one of the best accessories out there.

Pro tip: if you have skis or boards you plan on carrying in a cargo box, check the length of your longest skis and compare them to the dimensions of the box to ensure they will fit.  We do carry a variety of cargo box sizes and styles, but if you really have your heart set on a particular box it’s always a good idea to call beforehand to see if we have it in stock. If we don’t have it on hand, ask about ordering times or one of the many alternatives!

You can also check out our favorite ski rack we discussed here, the Yakima FatCat 6. The FatCat 6 perfectly marries form and function, and gives you lots of room to carry up to 6 skis or 4 snowboards. Of course, you could check out the FatCat 4 for a lower price point, but regardless you’ll be getting a good price with the 20% off coupon.

Yakima FatCat 6

We still stock summer accessories in addition to the winter gear, so if you missed the Yakima fall or summer sale and really wanted that bike rack – give your local Rack N Road a call to check if we have it in stock. Or if you don’t even have a roof rack that is necessary to carry most Yakima products, the entire base rack system is on sale (including crossbars, Q-Towers, and Q-Clips, although we highly recommend our awesome custom installations) to get you started.

If your unfamiliar with Yakima and products in general, don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our store employees and we would be more than happy to point you in the right direction!