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Old 07-14-2018, 08:51 AM   #1
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Do you carry a kayak?

We just finished our first trip with our SLX 245 RLS and I wish I had brought my kayak with me. I have a 12 foot kayak and an F150 with a 6.5 foot bed. I had hoped to be able to carry the kayak in the bed with the tailgate up but it is just too long.

Does anyone else bring a kayak along? How do you carry yours?
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:00 AM   #2
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No Kayak, but I do carry a 12 foot folding "PortaBoat". I would like to get a roof rack. For now with our HTT, we open the bunk and shove it in. It travels nicely on the floor.

Sorry for the dark picture, we were just getting it ready to be washed. I do not have a picture of it in the TT.

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Old 07-14-2018, 09:16 AM   #3
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We just finished our first trip with our SLX 245 RLS and I wish I had brought my kayak with me. I have a 12 foot kayak and an F150 with a 6.5 foot bed. I had hoped to be able to carry the kayak in the bed with the tailgate up but it is just too long.

Does anyone else bring a kayak along? How do you carry yours?
We carry three, my 12' kayak goes on top of the truck. I need longer bars to put my wife's up there too.
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We carry three, my 12' kayak goes on top of the truck. I need longer bars to put my wife's up there too.
What rack is that?
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:01 AM   #5
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I carry 2 Ocean Kayaks on my truck when towing our fifth wheel.

My setup is Yakima.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:10 AM   #6
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Yakima makes a rack that will fit on a ext. cab and holds 2 kayaks or one kayak and a bike. Works great.
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What rack is that?
It's a Yakima. It's the Baseline towers and round bars. I use the Boatloader to get it up there by myself from the side.

I put hers inside the camper and my sons Heron Jr goes in the bed.
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We already look like the Clampetts.
I wish we could.
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Old 07-14-2018, 05:53 PM   #9
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Yes, I carry my Hobie i11s in the back of my tow van. It's an inflatable so it folds up nicely and stows in the van. Avoids the need for a roof rack, etc. and safely locked inside for security. I know this doesn't help with how to carry a rigid kayak but high quality inflatables with the drop-stitch floors are great boats for fishing or cruising.

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Old 07-14-2018, 05:55 PM   #10
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I have a Thule Xporter Pro truck rack system, on that I carry a 12’ kayak and 2 10’ SUP.

It does take some investment in racking to accommodate large/long items like kayaks and SUP ... I probably have $700-$800 into my rack system including kayak saddles. I think with good ratchet straps you could get away without the saddles and save a $150
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