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Old 08-12-2017, 03:49 PM   #1
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Kayaks...

How do people carry kayaks while towing?? Curious what all the possibilities are... We have newly acquired a 11.5 foot, a 10 foot, and a 6 foot (kids). We tow with a Dodge Ram with a 6 foot bed.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:11 PM   #2
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If it were me and those boats: truck top rack for the longer boats and truck bed for the shorter ones.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:30 PM   #3
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With our 2007 23SS, that had the old bungees and snaps canvas, we'd just load them into the hybrid, through the tent ends.
Apparently you can't do that with the newer pre-attached canvas.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:46 PM   #4
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We have some J racks on top of the truck. You can enlarge the photo if you need to. As Ependydad said, put the longer ones on top and the short one in the bed.
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With our 2007 23SS, that had the old bungees and snaps canvas, we'd just load them into the hybrid, through the tent ends.
Apparently you can't do that with the newer pre-attached canvas.
Open the window and slide them in??
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:39 AM   #6
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Would very much prefer not to put them in the Roo, but yes you could technically unzip the emergency exit screen and slide them in if needed.

We're hopefully getting "ladder racks" for the truck, and DH is going to attempt to install them with clamps since he doesn't want them permanently screwed into the truck.
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This won't help anyone that already has a hard shell kayak, but we opted to get Hobie i9s inflatables with the mirage drives - deliberately chosen because we always want our boats available, but want easy transportation. We can fold them up and store them under the bed in our fiver. These are the best kayaks we have ever owned.
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TracRac on the truck bed. Holds our (2) 14' kayaks. I taped half of a pool noodle on top of each rack for padding. Kayaks sit upside down and are secured with ratchet straps.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:29 PM   #10
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Check out the Yakima truck rack:

https://www.yakima.com/outdoorsman

Very sturdy and easy to take on & off. You need 2 sets of uprights, cross bars, and cradles or blocks to go on the bars. Very happy with this rack.

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