Roof rack Crane

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I'm about to buy the Rhino Rack backbone system with the pioneer platform, my question is has anyone ever found/installed any sort of a crane system to a roof rack?

I am a hunter and would like to be able to lift a deer up to the rack by myself. Last year i was able to get it to fit into the back of the jeep with some help and a tarp but not ideal. I have seen crane/lifts that attach at the hitch but i don't think that would do what i am looking for.
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Not exactly what you're looking for, but, there's the RazerLift, which uses 12Vdc to bring whatever you want down to an easier load height (either perpendicular or parallel to the ground / roof). Or, you could modify the Thule Hullavator Pro or the Yakima Showdown to lift a deer instead of a kayak. I modified one to lift a canoe instead of a kayak, so it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch. Food for thought. Malone also makes the "Telos XL" which kinda acts like steep ramps up to the roof rack so you can slowly ratchet the load upward (I think?).
 

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If you live in an area with trees, you could use a pulley over a large branch and use your winch to lift a deer. Not a “crane” but doable.
 
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If you live in an area with trees, you could use a pulley over a large branch and use your winch to lift a deer. Not a “crane” but doable.
That's a cool idea - I wonder if you could build an a-frame with 80-20 or lumber off the pioneer rack to house a pulley for the winch cable, so you didn't have to rely on random trees?
 

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That's a cool idea - I wonder if you could build an a-frame with 80-20 or lumber off the pioneer rack to house a pulley for the winch cable, so you didn't have to rely on random trees?
You might find a hitch-mount solution for holding a pulley, as well.
 
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Ezylift has some cool products - they even show someone using one to lift a hog into a pickup bed. I bet the Impac 500 (they show in the back of Kubotas and Polaris Utility Vehicles) could be used either in the back of the Wrangler or mounted to the roof somehow. Probably more pricey, though, like the Razerlift.

I wonder if you could use a builder's hoist boom mounted to the roof, which you could swing out to the side and use to lift the deer?
 
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There's also the Rhino Nautic Kayak Loader. Sorry for the multiple posts.
 
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Ezylift has some cool products - they even show someone using one to lift a hog into a pickup bed. I bet the Impac 500 (they show in the back of Kubotas and Polaris Utility Vehicles) could be used either in the back of the Wrangler or mounted to the roof somehow. Probably more pricey, though, like the Razerlift.

I wonder if you could use a builder's hoist boom mounted to the roof, which you could swing out to the side and use to lift the deer?
I looked up that eztlift and that is very cool. I will have to look at the cost. Thanks for the tip
 
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