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Old 01-03-2015, 12:33 AM   #1
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Does anybody have any ideas on transporting a 20 ft. kayak with my F350 (long bed extended cab) towing the fifth wheel? I can use a rack with a front mounted support but that would be a tremendous amount of overhang to clear the front cap of the fifth wheel.
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:28 AM   #2
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I tried with a 12 ft Ocean Kayak Yakima racks moved far forward on a Ford F-350 Crew Cab, 6.5 ft bed. It looked like it would clear the nose of our Crusader 290 RLT when we loaded it and took some sharp test turns. After we got back from our first trip, I noticed a dent in the roof of the truck. Bummer. It must have been a compound of a tight angle and a slope that pushed the kayak hard enough to dent the roof right where the roof rack tower sits. I was lucky I didn't damage the 5er...tough fiberglass. After that we went with an Orukayak.

Don't ask me about the mountain bike handles and the back window of the truck. That was another "unanticipated modification," and why we went with a bike rack custom fitted to the back of the 5er.

I've seen pictures of kayaks on the roof of a fifth wheel, but I don't have the roof, the luck, or the checkbook for that.

You might need to consider a different, shorter boat. Good luck and let us know what you come up with.
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:26 AM   #3
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20 footer would need to be on top of truck with a LOT of Front overhang! This person had more (Standard?) units on the rear of 5/W! Youroo!!
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:19 AM   #4
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Yes getting a new shorter one would make the most sense but our's is a wooden kayak that we built with our blood sweat and tears and we would hate to let it go. I thought about the rear mounting idea but even at an angle would still be too long. And at almost 100 pounds is too heavy to wrestle to the roof.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:32 AM   #5
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Virtually impossible without it being past front of truck. I couldn't do it with a 14.5 footer on a crew cab long bed truck, so I got 2 10.5 footers
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:36 AM   #6
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I made a custom rack to go in front receiver to haul the 14.5 footer, but not easy to load. Image 6 more feet and 40 lbs heavier
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:22 PM   #7
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Long kayak

The roof of the camper is about the only option and I can only imagine what it would take to get it up there. You'd need rollers on the back and 2 people AND for it to not be windy! I imagine a rope tether to the end of it to pull it up.

Or, a second vehicle. That's how we just got two 14.5' kayaks to Key West and back. But we talked about how to transport the boats without the second vehicle and the camper roof was discussed. I can't imagine my wife could tolerate the goal post if we went truck top.

By the way, what kind of wood kayak? What kind of construction (stitch and glue or wood strip?)? From a kit or did you build everything? I've built 2 Tom Yost-style fuselage construction skin on frame kayaks. One was for my daughter at 11 1/2' and the other for me at over 17'.

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Double tow? A lightweight trailer for the kayak (or two) behind the fiver would hardly be noticeable weight wise. But maybe with that length you'd violate some total length regulation I don't know about.
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Double tow? A lightweight trailer for the kayak (or two) behind the fiver would hardly be noticeable weight wise. But maybe with that length you'd violate some total length regulation I don't know about.

Double towing except for the length is a good idea.
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I thought about a trailer. Problem is as you mentioned the length. With everything, I'm looking at over 72'! That's not my idea of a good time. By the way the boat is a Pygmy triple kayak with stitch and glue, fiberglass construction. I'll attach a picture later.
Thanks for everyone's comments.
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