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Old 05-18-2014, 08:44 AM   #1
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Canoe in bed of truck

Anyone here know the best way to strap my 15' canoe in bed of Dodge Ram truck? I am pulling a TT. I have a rack to put canoe on but I am not strong enough to mount it and dismount it.

I was thinking of putting the stern in first, weigh it down with a couple of cinder blocks. Have the bow sit on top of the truck tailgate and strap it down securely. Does that sound like it would work??
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:31 AM   #2
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A lot depends on how far you will be traveling and the type of roads. 25 miles to the local state park / lake and you're fine. 2000 miles across country at interstate speeds and the occasional windy mtn road, not so much.

Any thing that is tied down and secured in place will get you to your destination, but the scratches on your tailgate and dents in the canoe will tell the take. Had a friend whos canoe almost took flight while crossing the Mackinaw bridge will always be a reminder to me that proper loading is a must.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:36 AM   #3
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Dont use the cinder blocks they will damage the canoe.. use ratchet straps and the cargo hooks in the bed of the truck. Make sure the canoe will not hit anything when sticking out the back of the tailgate.. You would not want it to catch the edge of the trailer on a turn..
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Old 05-18-2014, 02:07 PM   #4
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How long is the truck bed? Might be ok in an 8 ft bed but many now are just over 5 ft. The canoe may hit the trailer if it fits at all.
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:39 PM   #5
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If you do have a canoe rack, I would just get help and load it on the rack.
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I've seen someplace a dolly wheel that mounted on one end of the canoe so it could be lifted up onto a rack by one person. Lift one end up on to the rack and and the other end rolls on the wheel. Then lift the wheel end and push it up onto the rack.
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Canoe shops carry roller racks that allow you to push the boat up on rollers. You will need racks on the top of the cab and in the back of the bed. They are available from Thule and Yakima.
A cheaper but less effective option is to buy high density foam pre-cut for the canoe rails to use to stabilize the canoe on top of the cab and on the tailgate. They also sell flat straps to tie the boat down. However, if you have several feet of boat above the cab and you will, there will be a scooping effect.
I always carry my boats in a horizon position to reduce this. Canoes act like sails in high crosswinds.
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Is there any way to mount a boat winch on your truck or rack? Be sure and use several ratchet straps to hold it in place. I have seen a 12 ft. aluminum boat leave a truck bed on the hiway.
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Make sure your tailgate doesn't hit your tongue jack. I have an 8' vinyl pontoon fishing boat that I have to load into the truck, lift up the back, close the tailgate, then hook up my trailer. Oh, and use plenty of ratchet straps to hold it down.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:21 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone. It is about 60 miles to the Lake. My bed of the truck is way too short, I guess.
Got it up on the racks but I don't know how many more trips I will get putting it up there and taking it down. Love the canoe tho. I guess something will have to give. hahaha
Thanks for everyones input.
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