Review by Metamar
I've had my trailer for about two years and logged about 10,000 miles. No issues whatsoever. I purchased the spare, extended tongue, pole, and kickstand.
A few gripes, but none take away from the overall value: kickstand should be standard equipment, the number of wrenches/tools needed to change the tire on the road seems like an afterthought of design, and the heavy duty shocks should be included with both models of trailers. It would also be nice to have a locking storage bin, small enough just to fit small items and the tools required for a wheel change, on the trailer. Also, wheels and tires are not popular sizes so carrying a spare innertube would be wise - i still need to add that to my travelling kit.
The trailer looks great and gets lots of attention. Handling is amazing and is orders of magnitude better than the typical utility trailer. I have carried canoes, bikes, kayaks, paddleboarss, cargo boxes and cages, all without issue. Mileage is great while towing with my FJ Cruiser, 21 mpg or so highway at ~65mph. This compares to ~17 with that stuff on the roof.
I look forward to the next iteration of yakima trailer. I told my wife that i would sell the rack and roll at that point but think i will keep both instead.
Observations on my new Rack and Roll
Review by Steve
Quality quality quality! Shockingly easy to put together. The instruction manual is concise, complete and very easy to follow...unlike those of many competitors. Tows light and straight. It is a quality product.
On the negative, the nuts used to secured the axles are CRAP!!!! Save yourself time and go buy some hardened steel 14mm castle nuts. Both of mine stripped out while attempting to torque them to the manual's specs.
The locks are not well made. Two of mine had broken during shipping/packaging. I was able to repair one but had to order one replacement. They are two part locks, the tumbler portion is ok. The lower locking lug seems to be made from the same pot metal as the axle nuts.
Be sure check all your wiring connectors. Three of mine had been crushed during shipping or packaging which necessitated a trip to the auto parts store for new connectors. This needs a little attention to detail.
Lastly, I wish Yakima had engineered a way to remove the wheel in the event of a flat which didn't require 21 and 22mm wrenches, a pair of needle-nose and a new cotter pin. Just make a note to put these items in your vehicle anytime you're going to use the trailer.
Other than those points it is a nice bit of kit!
Review by George
Bought our Rackandroll a year ago, and kick myself for waiting so long to buy it. It now takes me 5 minutes to hitch the trailer with two 12 foot kayaks to the car, and off we go. Easy to load and unload, great towing. Has made it very quick and easy to go kayaking. Also easy to fold up and store for the winter. Great product.
Review by Drew
I have had a 66" rack and roll for about a year and use it to haul stand up paddle boards and bikes. It had me asking myself why didn't I get this 10 years ago. Super easy to haul, very convenient and light weight. Overall I'd give quality a 9 on a scale of 10. A few running lights didn't work right and were a little tough to replace, although Yakima was quick to send replacements. The cost is a bit high but I bit the bullet since I was tired of lifting stuff over my head to put on a roof rack. We really love the thing and it works great. The only thing that could make it better is if it costs less.
Long Term Follow Up
Review by TechConsumer
Now on 3 years with the 66" trailer. Good news/Bad news. First the good news. It's great for hauling your boats and bikes when getting everything on top of the vehicle is a challenge, towing and tracking at highway and interstate speeds is outstanding and the stand up and fold away for storage could not be better. Using the trailer to walk boats down to the water is a major saver on the challenges of heavy lifting. The bad news, had a few failures clearly due to parts quality, the main wiring harness from the tong, 1 set of wheel bearings and a shock absorber. Yakima covered the wire harness and shock under warranty (the customer service staff are easy to work with, I give them ***** stars), I took the wheel to a motorcycle shop for the bearings. See that heavy duty shock absorber replacements are available, could be a good idea if you often have 3+ boats on the trailer and find yourself on a rough road. Did a lot of shopping around before getting this trailer, the specialized design and performance justify the cost.
Nice trailer....... BUT..
Review by Nick and Debi
This is obviously a well built trailer for towing paddle boards, bikes, etc.... You don't even know you are towing something behind you.. The price is WAY to much for the average customer who is looking for a trailer system to tow their sports equipment. It is a very nice trailer...... BUT..
In for the long hall!
Review by Cmonsta
So glad to have this trailer and tell you about it. I have had my trailer for about 12 years. I bought mine when the Yakima company did not own it. I have travelled all over the country and hauled bikes and supplies with ease. I haul multiple bikes including tandems, mtn bikes and road bikes along with a space case carrying gear. Weight is limited but I have yet to get it close to the limits. A year ago I bought the heavy duty shocks. Last week one broke on a trip to do some mtn biking. First off, Rack and Road in Midvale Utah is GREAT! They saved my trip and were so helpful! Miraculously so! Made it possible for me to get back to Wyoming. Yakima needs to give them a medal. Now Yakima is great and getting me fixed back up to keep going. Warranty is covering the shock and fender. Price is worth it. I plan on this thing being a part of my adventures for the rest of my adventuring days and putting many a Yakima mount or thingy to make it happen.
Glad I bought it
Review by Redbird
I was a little hesitant about buying a trailer for my kayaks but after my wife injured her shoulder and could not help lift our kayaks, I decided to look into it. I am so glad I did, it makes hauling kayaks and bikes so much easier and now I can put my car top box on my SUV and not have to worry about making a choice between taking bikes or kayaks or stuff now. My old bike rack forced me to move it every time I wanted to get my large dog out of the back, but the trailer allows me the freedom to keep everything in place and get my dog out without having to move the bikes when we stop while travelling. Besides the kayak I bought at the same time, this is the best decision I made for supporting my sport.
um.... a little pricey
Review by let'sgo
Hey guys, this is an excellent trailer, but weight is limited to 250 or 350 lbs... not a big problem with this. It's elegant, well thought out, and sturdy, but it is so expensive. There are companies that make small trailers for loads over 700 lbs and they cost TEN TIMES LESS than the Yakima. Now of course, the Yakima is superbly built and looks great behind a $50k vehicle, but at TEN TIMES the cost, it seems to me to be a touch pricey for what you get.
Quality and Utility.. no compromise!
Review by Modav8
Certainly the best trailer for any purpose and built for ultimate performance. Transports like it's on rails, serves as a canoe cart when unhitched plus ideal storage in the garage. I also mount my bike adjacent to expand my exporation options. Hard to believe that anything provides so much convenience and a variety of options. You need this.