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Old 03-25-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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Canoe ride

For those of you that have a canoe and take it with you camping how do you transport it? Do you carry it in the bed of the truck sticking above the cab or do you have some thing that allows you to strap it down on the top of the cab of the truck? Will you share with me what you use?

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Old 03-25-2011, 11:27 PM   #2
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I have seen people use a contractors rack and carry their canoe on top of that. I have seen a lot of 12 and 14 foot boats on them too.
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Clutch, thanks you are the only one who replied.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:16 AM   #4
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I have not yet set up my truck for carrying our canoe, but have been considering 2 options; one is to get a commercial "ladder rack" as described in the previous post, the other is to make use of the stake holes in the truck bed. I may get some hardwood posts to place in the stake holes, then attach a pair of cross pieces at just above roof height. My truck has the extended cab, and I'm not sure yet if the front stake holes are far enough forward to properly support the canoe over the cab. In worst case, I figure I would need one traditional roof rack on the cab to support the front.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:06 PM   #5
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Clutch, thanks you are the only one who replied.
(FYI - some members can only get time enough to get on every few days or so. I personally haven't been on much in the past three days short of checking for spammers/problems. Your post was barely a day old. When posting, keep checking back. It may be a few days before the thread can get going )

We can't put certain racks over the bed of our truck because we don't have openings on the bedrails on our year model. We have been looking at ones that do work without the holes but are pretty expensive. Given that we have the 1/2 ton and the size of our tt/tongue weight, we are reluctant to add any more weight to the bed of our truck besides the bikes. They now make a rack for over the cab (wasn't available when we bought the newly designed '09). Neither Don or I have verified gcvwr numbers yet, so we haven't taken our kayaks with us yet since getting the Jayco . Sorry can't be more helpful, but if you have a 1/2 ton, maybe this can help a little anyhow
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I have a cap on my truck and racks on top of it.. the canoe goes up there ... it makes a great air foil for the TT too.
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My uncle used to tow a Ford Ranger behind his motor home. The ranger had a contractor rack that held a 12' boat. Below the boat was a mount for his outboard motor and places to hang lots of things he needed. The truck bed held a generator, extra propane tanks, BBQ, tool boxes, etc.
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Thanks to all for the suggestions.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:47 AM   #9
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Yakima makes nice roof & truck bed racks.

http://yakima.com/
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