Options for carrying a canoe/kayak

  1. Arrowhead

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    I made a rack for my daughter so she can load and unload by herself. The rack slips into the hitch and is removable. (yea, I know it's a JK but the principle is the same for a JL)

    The rack rotates down so she can strap the kayak in and rotate the whole thing up on top. No ladders or permanent racks needed. Now granted it's a cheap plastic 10' kayak, but it's fine for the short trips she'll do around here. Have to work on a better strap setup for the front though, there's not much to grab on.


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    Those that use foam blocks I noticed that the top is down. Do any of you carry your boards/kayaks and use the foam when the top is up? Also what type of foam blocks did you use?
     
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    That's a pretty slick setup! Nice work.
     
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    how much was that?
     
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    The rack was less than a $100 from etrailer.com
     
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    For those with the hitch mount...
    Is there a quick disconnect so you can open the tailgate without removing the Kayak?
    I need access to the beer :beer:; I mean lunch cooler. :angel:

    JD
     
  7. Bricazo

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    I just converted a 5x8 utility trailer into a 4 kayak holder.. bolted on a set of pickup roof racks from amazon I got for $89.00!! perfect for my 4 hour trip and was able to throw all my gear and poles on it

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    Did similar as @Bricazo. Took a small utility trailer and used 3-4" PVC pipe to allow the Kayaks to slide on using the hull as balance. They hold great and a couple ratchet straps and your good to go. Mine are fairly large Vibe kayaks 11' and 13' that would be hard to put on the roof, etc.

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    Nicely done! I was contemplating making the PVC channels as well but I use the trailer for other things so I needed and easy way to use it for both. My lure 11.5 weights over 100 lbs. with the peddle drive so no way I trust that on a roof.
     
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    We travel with two Native propels and a Jackson so we need a threesome trailer. Also use a Yakima box to store PFD's, paddles, etc. Will look at Bricazo's design and make it work.
     
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    It's been almost a year and a half since I started this thread but I'm happy to report that I finally strapped my canoe onto my JLUR.

    I ended up getting a set of Rhino Vortex bars and paired them with a Thule Portage canoe mount.

    The instructions for the Vortex indicated that I should place the front bar onto the Freedom panels - although I'm not sure how safe that is.

    I also found it a little difficult to find a place to mount my front tie down but that's just another excuse for me to upgrade my bumper in the future.

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    Super nice... clean and simple.. love it.. I will probably follow your model, except I have a soft top.. need something up there...

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    Well I don't think that is going to take you up the Rubicon.. but I am sure it works for non wheeling locations..

    The lakes I am targeting I can not have anything hanging off the hitch..

    With that said.. sweet set up for easy trails - locations..

    Nicely done!
     
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    Great points... I was worried about the same... I did some basic cals at 80MPH to account for gusts and we need serious strong mount for the surface area of 2 kayaks on the roof. Thus I abandon the idea of a hard top mounted solution...

    Great points, thanks for sharing...
     
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    RhinoRack backbone, Pioneer Tray, and Thule dock glide and hullaport aero with a maximus 3 ladder modified to fit just for giggles.

    Just installed today and test drove. Will head 40 miles with 2 tomorrow and report on wind noise.

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