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I have my axle snug just behind the rear bar which allows me to leave the wheels on and still open the back doors. You could take the wheels of easily though. I suggest for any vehicle/bars you have to see what balances and fits best whilst limiting any overhang.
I prefer the right way up. The standard RS gunwale hung triangulated trolley protects the boat and is a solid stable base for it. The axle width matches roof bars nicely. That way you can also fit everything in it; 3 rigs, 3 sails and 2 foils fit nicely in their bags leaving the car clutter free.
In USA smaller 'dollies' are often used rather than the standard RS trolley and they may then need the boat to go upside down on its gunwales instead. If you do turn it upside down be sure to have some good fat padding on the roof bars to protect the decks and do not over ratchet it tight.
Unloading; This is easier. The same process in reverse but without the lift up.
Securing; Once you have tied the boat to the trolley amidships and at the bow before lifting (then easy to lift as one, with or without helpers) you then just need to tie the trolley to the car/rack.
I tie 4 places; each side of the axle at the rear roof bar, across the front roof bar and then the front of the trolley to the front of the car. If any one of those 4 points fail due to a chafe it will still be pretty solid.
This is the second video I've seen of car topping the boat the right way up. I can see how that works when single handed, but what are the pros and cons of right way up v upside down? Strong points on the boat, aerodynamics, security of lashings etc.? Having only trailed my boat so far, and planning to car top it next week, I'd be interested to hear from others.
A nice video by Johan showing how easy singlehanded car topping is as the RS Aero is so light and you are only lifting half at a time. I have done this several times myself when necessary;
- Tie the boat to the trolley at the bow and amidships - Place the boat diagonally overlapping the back of the car - Put some padding under the transom, I use my sailing kit bag - Put some padding on the back of the car, I use some carpet - Taking the wheels off is optional, I leave mine on as they fit nicely and I can still open the rear doors
- I have done this with all the kit in the boat; 3 rigs, 3 sails and 2 foils but then it is getting heavier, so taking gear out will help to keep it light.