Introduction: Stand Up Paddleboard SUP Roof Rack for Chevy Bolt EV (Chevrolet Bolt)
DISCLAIMER: ATTACHING THINGS TO A VEHICLE CARRIES GREAT RISK TO OTHERS IF NOT DONE PROPERLY, ESPECIALLY A BROAD ITEM THAT CATCHES THE WIND LIKE AN SUP. MAINTAIN A SAFE SPEED. EXERCISE GOOD JUDGEMENT AND USE 4 STRAPS WITH 8 MOUNTS IF ADVERSE TRAVEL CONDITIONS. MAKE SURE YOUR STRAPS ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE JUST TO GIVE YOU IDEAS.
Instead of a $620* system or the $160** option to mount a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) ...
How about a $20 solution that EXTENDS YOUR RANGE? (SAVES YOUR BATTERY!!)
A Chevy Bolt is an electric vehicle. It will go 238 or so miles in so-called average driving conditions. Less if cold, Less if you run the heat, etc. Tons of writing on this if you search for it.
I routinely make a 150 mile trip to a parent's house where there is perfect SUP conditions.
Could I make it in one charge?
Test 1 - driving 150 miles with this on 75 degree Fahrenheit day, I had 39 miles to spare. The route was a mix of 55, 65, 70. I drove moderately.
Test 2 - 55 degrees, some rain, did not limit my speed, had 16 miles to spare (reading said LOW!)
So I think if you drive moderately, you have a 10-15% impact.
The main reason I wrote this is that I had a hard time figuring out that the necessary bolts were Metric M6 x 1.00 thread.
*At time of writing it is $620 on chevrolet.com for the compatible Aeroblade Roof Rack Package in Black by Thule
** Newly available $160 Roof-Mounted Watersport Carrier by Thule on https://accessories.chevrolet.com/
Double these if you want to have an 8 anchor / 4 strap system.
- FOUR Metric M6 machine screw with 1.00 thread, 20mm length*
- FOUR Anchor plates
- FOUR Washers
Optional if you do not already have on hand:
- TWO Straps (I like the ones from West Marine that have a rubber piece to protect your board)
- An old blanket or moving blanket to protect your roof
*The M in M6 means metric, but I say metric in case someone does not know this naming convention.
Step 1: Attach Anchors
Screw the M6 x 1.00 thread x 20mm anchors into the existing holes using whatever washers you see fit.
TIP: Make sure the angle is correct so you do not strip it. The angle is hard to get correct sometimes /
It would probably be nice to add some type of lock washers, but I did not.
Step 2: Attach Straps
- Inspect the anchors for any sharp edges which would cut your strap
- Inspect the strap assembly for wear
Clean the roof to make sure there is nothing to scratch the paint
Lay the blanked on the roof and roll up the moving blanket in the back TO PREVENT CRUSHING THE ANTENNA
Put the board on top of the blanket and position so that the board has the greatest security and least drag.
- Strap the boards down and tie down the loose straps so they do not frey
- REPEATEDLY INSPECT THE TENSION AND SETUP EVERY TIME THAT YOU START DRIVING AND EVERY HOUR OR SO
- ATTACHING THINGS TO A MOVING VEHICLE CARRIES GREAT RISK TO OTHERS IF NOT DONE PROPERLY. EXERCISE GOOD JUDGEMENT.