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Old 02-26-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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PVC truck Rack for my yaks

I started this in another thread but had a request to post here with a more complete description. I was looking for an inexpensive way to carry my kayaks and didn't want to deal with rust. So, I decided to try PVC and it has worked O.K. for over two years. I must admit I have had to replace a couple of T's during cold weather. It seems that the PVC gets too rigid and is more susceptible to crack at T joint. However, that is much less expensive than the cost of an aluminum rack.

Sorry, no official plans, just custom cuts and fit to my truck.

I used 2 inch schedule 40 PVC.

8 - "T's"
8 - 45 degree elbows
small can of cleaner
small can of PVC glue
and several sections of pipe.

I attached it to my truck by cutting sections of 2" x 4" and fitting one end to go inside the 2" PVC and the other to fit the bed rail holes. I left the end that fits into the bed rail slightly longer than the depth of the bed rail hole so the rack rests on the wood rather than the bed rail.

The front and rear bed rail width is slightly different on my truck so measure twice and cut once applies.

I will break the post into several parts so I can show all the pics.









Pictures continued in next post.
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Old 02-26-2010, 06:34 PM   #2
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part 2 of 4





This is the wood stake I cut to go into the bed rail holes.



Wood stake in the bed rail slot.
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part 3 of 4

All 4 stakes in slots.


Sliding rack down onto the stakes.


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Old 02-26-2010, 06:44 PM   #4
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The top of the stake keeps the rack slightly off the bed rail.


The rack sitting on the truck bed.



The complete package loaded and ready. I use rachet straps to go from the tie downs in the truck bed - over the yaks and back to the bed. It holds everything in place. I also run another thther thru the scupper holes to prevent the yaks from sliding forward or back during the trip.


It is not pretty but it works.

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Old 02-26-2010, 09:59 PM   #5
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Nice job, very well thought out.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:29 PM   #6
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Smile PVC cracking problem

Just a thought u may consider......try filling the PVC pipes with foam expansion insulation from cans. it will add ridgity and lessen possible cracking.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:29 PM   #7
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Thanks, I'll have to give that a try. The cracking has only been a problem in freezing temps. I don't do too much kayaking then anyway.

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Old 04-21-2010, 07:39 PM   #8
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I like it , sure beats spending $$$ for a store bought . , Kipper
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