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Old 04-07-2016, 08:09 PM   #1
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Mounting Kayak on RV

Anyone try this?
I am looking at buying a Hobie Pro 14' Kayak and because of its weight (145# rigged) I don't want to have to lift it up and of of my Excursion which has a 5 inch lift.
I was thinking about fabricating up something to be able to mount it diagonally across the rear.

Any thoughts?
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:13 PM   #2
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even diagonally, it would be at least 14 feet high. No way would that work.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:37 PM   #3
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I asked because I had seen another TT going down the road with one strapped on the back. Will have to see what I can come up with.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:42 PM   #4
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the ones that do that are usually 10 foot or less
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Considering that you may have a rubber roof and that anything you may mount on the roof would void that warranty. I would recommend that you not put any holes in the roof of your RV.

I have kayaks also and got bed rail ladder racks to put in my truck for transporting same.
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Research roof loaders for kayaks etc. There are some ideas there that might get you in the right direction. Nothing ruins a trip more when a kayak appears in your rear view on the road, that looks just like yours!
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Try rvkayakracks.com
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:39 PM   #8
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we have a 2015 gmc 2500 with a 5-7" taller cap, even tho I am 6'-7" I could not reach the rack to place our 14.5' 75lb kayak on top. bought a Hullavator from thule, google it, it will lift off roof rack and lower to side of truck for chest high loading then it helps you lift it back on to the rack. not cheep but works GREAT.
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On Amazon search "Malone Kayak Lift Assist Auto Racks K-Rack Load Module".
I put a 13.5' 75# 2 person kayak on top of my F-150 with the tall Lear cap by myself. One unit sits on the hood, just above the grill. The other sits at the top of the windshield. Works great for me. You will like everything about it except the price.
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We use the Thule Hullavator rack to carry the kayak on top of the tow vehicle. It has hydraulic shocks that assist with lifting it to the top roof. The only hard work is lifting the kayak to the rack when it is opened and is about waist high and lowered on the side of the vehicle. You can see a video of how it works on the Thule website. It is somewhat expensive but you can use a 20% off coupon at REI when they have them or look for a used one on Craigslist. I used a tradional roof top rack and it was difficult to lift and wasn't worth a potential shoulder injury! Our Hobies are 10 feet long but I have friends with longer kayaks with the same rack and it will support them. The rack comes with ties for the front and back.
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