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Old 04-29-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Question NEED ADVICE Hauling camper and canoe

We purchased a camper over the winter and recently purchased a new to us tow vehicle. It's a 2007 F-150 Crew Cab with a short bed (5.5). On our previous set up, we had a pop up and a Sport Trac with a Yakima roof rack system and we LOVED the stability when we attached the canoe to that rack, it wasn't going anywhere. (When we first bought the canoe, we used the foam blocks and hated them.) Ok, back to the present...

We need some advice. Do we spend $350+ on a Yakima roof rack system for a bald roof OR do we dream up a rack (2x4's?) to go in the back of the truck? Our canoe will not fit in the back of the truck...I think it's at least 12 feet?...all 4 of us fit in the canoe...it's big. Please remember, we have to tow the camper behind...so the nifty ones that go in the hitch are a no go.

If you have pictures of your set up...PLEASE share them. I'm a visual learner. We'd like something that would come apart and store somewhat easily. We have a great place to hang the canoe and don't need to store it on whatever we have to build.

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Old 04-29-2013, 08:03 PM   #2
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Sorry, no pix! We have an F150 Super cab with the 6'6" bed. We already had Yakima racks for our Subaru and were able to get 2 new brackets to fit a crossbar on the truck roof, so one Yakima bar on the truck roof and a home made 2x4 rack at the back of the truck will hold DHs 16' canoe with enough clearance at the back for the trailer.

We used to do the same with two home made 2x4 brackets on our old F150 that had the 8' bed and no second row seats.

The only diff I notice is that with the new setup there is a terrible wind noise, sort of a deep thrumming vibration that sets my teeth on edge, so I would not like a long trip with it! Old setup did not do that.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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Sorry, no pix! We have an F150 Super cab with the 6'6" bed. We already had Yakima racks for our Subaru and were able to get 2 new brackets to fit a crossbar on the truck roof, so one Yakima bar on the truck roof and a home made 2x4 rack at the back of the truck will hold DHs 16' canoe with enough clearance at the back for the trailer.
Ok, so you purchased the Yakima Q towers? Just one set of them and used the round poles you had...am I getting what you're saying? That makes sense...then we somehow rig up something in the back end to hold the back end of the canoe. Would be a lot cheaper to do it that way.

If you do have the Q towers, I read somewhere about issues with the bald roof racks taking the paint off the roof? We sure don't want that to happen...does it happen with your truck?
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:22 PM   #4
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Our canoe is 14 feet long.
I bought a ladder rack from Lowes and used one post in the bed of the truck. It is cut down and highly modified.
I used a Thule Half Pack for the cab roof.





Pics of rear post. Notice the side stops are angled to match the sides of the canoe.








Noise? I think it is from the tissue thin roof of the cab. We get it too, but I soon "block it out" or ignore it.
I wipe the landing gear pads and the roof clean b4 installation.
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This is our setup.
Track Rac from Lowes, 299.99
The canoe is a 14' mad river and the truck bed is just 5 feet long.
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Yes, the Q towers for the F150 with our old crossbar, which fortunately was long enough since we used to put a canoe and kayak on it. The back rack just bolted together with some 2x4 is sturdy enough not to need any special bracing. The 2x4s fit in the holes in the truck sides at the back. Have not yet had any issue with scratching tthe roof. Will watch for it now that you have mentioned it!
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A couple of my parents friends that they camp with a few times a year have canoes/kayaks they bring with. One has a 06ish F150 Screw, he uses a Yakima rack to haul their kayaks and has it all bolted through the roof, nothing mounted in the bed. Another has a 2500HD crew, he uses a ladder/lumber rack that attaches to the bed rails. Both also have tonneau/bed covers, so I think thats the reason they went with the setups they did.
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The only diff I notice is that with the new setup there is a terrible wind noise, sort of a deep thrumming vibration that sets my teeth on edge, so I would not like a long trip with it! Old setup did not do that.
Try putting a twist or two in your straps. The noise you're hearing is likely them vibrating.


To the OP- Yakima or Thule only. Suck it up and spend the money (and man does if hurt! $550 for my first kayak; $450 retail into my first rack).
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ependydad is correct if you turn the straps so they have a twist in them they make less noise and don't "chatter"


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Old 04-29-2013, 11:25 PM   #10
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Our canoe is 14 feet long.
I bought a ladder rack from Lowes and used one post in the bed of the truck. It is cut down and highly modified.
I used a Thule Half Pack for the cab roof.

Noise? I think it is from the tissue thin roof of the cab. We get it too, but I soon "block it out" or ignore it.
I wipe the landing gear pads and the roof clean b4 installation.
WOW!!! Amazing set up. We are not that handy...but are very impressed! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!!

Going to have to do more research and figure out just what we're going to need.
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