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Old 02-22-2014, 01:51 PM   #1
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Car-top canoe or boat?

I'm looking into getting some type of boat for camping this season. We just go to too many great waterfront places no too! What kind of setup does everyone have for getting on the water (and getting it there with your RV). I have a pickup with a canopy. Does anyone haul a canoe using the thick foam blocks with the ends tied down? I might eventually get a Thule/Yakima rack system, but that's a fair amount of start-up cost...

Ideally, I'd like to get a Porta-bote. They are awesome, but quite pricey! I might have to live with a canoe or lightweight boat for the meantime.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:08 PM   #2
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We have a inflatable kayak from West Marine. It's heavy duty and works for us. It stores under the bed.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:35 PM   #3
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I too am looking for a roof rack to haul my canoes this summer. Our canoes have stayed home since buying our HTT. I have used foam pads in the past until an incident on a very windy day and I lost the pads when the canoe flexed when a semi passed me.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:12 PM   #4
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We both get to drive when we take the boat boats too big to tow behind 5th wheel, other wise it's cheaper to rent a boat on long trips from home.
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I have 3 kayaks I carry on my truck, previously on a Suburban I carried all three using the Thule rack system. I converted the rack system to work for my truck using a commercial ladder rack for the bed of my truck, I mount it using bolts with quick mounts, only takes about 20 minutes to install or remove the entire rack system. I bought the ladder racks for less than $100 on the internet, and already had the Thule system.

The Thule system can become expensive, over the years I have bought components as I have needed them, so overall, there hasn't been a big out of pocket expense all at once, but if you are just starting your investment it can be costly.

Getting a good rack system is similar to paying extra for a good WDH and sway bars, yes you can get by without them, but having them makes it safer and protects your equipment, both the kayaks and truck. It's just smarter.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:29 PM   #6
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I found a good deal on a used Porta-bote and motor today - not much more than some of the kayaks and canoes I'd been looking at. I'm thinking I'll get a Yakima rack for my canopy and keep the boat up there - I can use the same setup when we're not RV'ing. I like that I would have a rack available for a future Kayak as well. I might look into an inflatable kayak too - that's a good idea that I didn't think of.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:45 AM   #7
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I'm thinking I'm going to use the commercial ladder rack with the foam blocks. Very interested to hear what everyone else uses...

While an inflatable boat sounds like a fantastic idea, we already have the canoe. So I couldn't see buying another boat.
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We use a Yakima system. It works well. Click image for larger version

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We have a Thule (ladder type rack) on the pickup bed side rails. I carry 2 kayaks (1, 12 foot and 1, 14 footer) up top and bicycles under, sitting in the bed.
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We have Thule Hulavator and carry a 17 foot sea kayak and also the thick foam blocks for a second kayak if needed.
The Hulavator is a bit expensive but sure saves lifting the kayak onto the roof of our 4Runner suv.
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