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Old 06-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #1
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Kayak on an Aframe

Have any of you Aframers ever looked into the possibility of carrying a kayak on the roof of their camper? I know it would probably void the roof warranty, but I think it can be done safely. Just like to know if anyone has looked into this.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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I have a friend with a 2005 ALiner Classic. He recently strapped his kayak to his roof using ratchet straps and contoured foam blocks to support the bottom of the kayak.

Remember that the 2005 ALiner has an aluminum rood while we have fiberglass on our aframes.

I would think some sort of brackets mounted to the roof channel (sides) would be required to prevent roof damage.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
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When I waxed my A128 a month or so ago, I crawled around on the roof sections (which were in the down position) on my hands and knees for a half hour or so, applying and buffing. There was no detectable bending and no scary noises were heard at any time. I weigh about 155, so if it'll hold me with no complaint, it should hold a Kayak.
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There ya go. Hamguy comes through again. Good to know. I avoided putting my full weight on the roof when I waxed in the fall. But I weigh 220 so....

I'd say if you can avoid the bubble window(s) then foam supports and proper tie downs would be OK. I'd use a minim of three foam supports if it were me (2 near ends and one middle).
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:07 AM   #5
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If I can't get two kayaks on top of the Tv then 1 may have to be carried on the trailer. The light weight (50 lbs or so) of the kayak spread across the roof section shouldn't be a problem, but it will be a last resort.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:12 PM   #6
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Thumbs down Kayak on A-frame roof

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If I can't get two kayaks on top of the Tv then 1 may have to be carried on the trailer. The light weight (50 lbs or so) of the kayak spread across the roof section shouldn't be a problem, but it will be a last resort.
Hi Toleworks,

Let us know if you do this.

I was researching all kinds of "contraptions" to do just this, and then found the foam blocks in various sizes on Amazon. It seemed to me (in theory) to be the simplest, least expensive, lightest weight, and the best news: an un-permanent solution.

So please let us know how it works out.

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