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Old 02-19-2021, 12:04 PM   #1
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Transporting Kayak

Thinking of just strapping my kayak to my roof ladder, Seems simple, but I have not seen it done. Any reason not to? Too much stress on the screws holding the ladder?
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Old 02-19-2021, 12:31 PM   #2
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Get a couple Pool Noodles to go on your ladder and you should be good. I'm looking at strapping on two so I'll have to do something different.

The Ladder is built/engineered for several hundred pounds so a 50 lb kayak shouldn't cause a problem.
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Old 02-19-2021, 04:00 PM   #3
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Thinking of just strapping my kayak to my roof ladder, Seems simple, but I have not seen it done. Any reason not to? Too much stress on the screws holding the ladder?

You should be good to go but, just check the screws periodically as the bouncing of the extra weight tends to loosen the screws. It happened to me carrying two bikes.
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Do make sure you don’t stick up higher than the bridges stick down.
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Old 05-16-2021, 01:58 PM   #5
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Personally, I would not trust the ladder to hold a kayak. If you look at the size of the screws holding the ladder to the back of the rig, you'll see they are fairly small and not necessarily going into anything other than the siding. When you figure the additional stress and load created by the normal jostling of going down the road, that adds quite a bit of strain on the ladder. I would consider adding additional support from the rear bumper to carry more of the load.

Can you imagine what would happen if something came loose while traveling at 50+ mph? The poor guy behind you
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Old 05-16-2021, 02:50 PM   #6
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Yes, I decided against it and purchased a blowup kayak
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Old 05-17-2021, 11:13 AM   #7
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Funny, that is exactly what I did. I did not want a big rack on my truck for a hard shell and I did not want to hang it on the ladder. I bought a good two person kayak that I can roll up and put in my big tool box and blow it up when I need it.
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