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Old 10-06-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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Kayak carrier ideas

So my wife and I have started kayaking.

We have a 30 ft 5W and Id like to carry our 2 kayaks with us on a couple of trips. I'm wondering if anyone has done this and how did you carry them?

I'm considering putting them on the roof - but then how to secure? Second idea is to use the cargo slide out I have on the back and mount the boats vertically somehow.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:46 PM   #2
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Check this video out. Hope it helps.http://www.ehow.com/video_2357593_se...kayak-car.html
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:39 PM   #3
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I carry two Folbots in the bed of the pickup when traveling. Once they are assembled I have roof racks on the truck.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:20 PM   #4
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Being a 5er, one needs to keep the pickup box open.

With this need in mind, surf:
http://suethomas.ca/images/CanoeRack0003.JPG
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...RDvYeFLpzDqN1g
http://suethomas.ca/images/Alaska/20...Kenai_2192.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-k...0/P1120402.JPG
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/f...carrier008.jpg

Good luck in your custom design...
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:28 AM   #5
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Oops, see you have a 5th wheel (edit).

I did this w/ a Yakima Outdoorsman rack on the bed, and another Yakima on the roof of the cab. Easy on/off. Has worked great for me.

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Old 10-07-2011, 09:51 AM   #6
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We have a 5er also and looked & looked at racks.finally just got a Hobi inflatable 14ft 2person.we love it and it folds up into a large suitcase.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:24 PM   #7
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Depending on your length and weight of them combined. I am pretty sure that they make a t-bar that plugs into a front receiver so that you can tie them from your cab roof and support them over your hood. Although the pictures above look like a more secure support frame with two points.

Other options include getting them in your 5'er somehow.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:36 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input. I hadn't considered using a front mount and going out over the hood. I might go that route because the same receiver could be used for a bicycle mount.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:43 PM   #9
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I use a Yakima roof rack system on the roof of my truck. The 2 kayaks are sitting in hully rollers. I have hauled them all over the country and never had a problem. I can post a picture if you want.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:32 PM   #10
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Thanks Norty but I'm hauling a fifth wheel so the roof rack wont work unless I extend it out and brace from the front bumper.
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