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Old 10-24-2012, 03:50 AM   #29
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We used to tow our 20' Balboa when we tent camped. We liked Peninsula State Park in Door County Wisconsin because we could park the boat on the trailer in the campsite.
Now, the sailboat is sold and we camp in our Trillium.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:48 AM   #30
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I"m changing the back window on my 19' scamp to throw my 3 kayaks inside.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:32 PM   #31
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This past summer I traveled with a kayak on the Highlander's roof and a bike inside the vehicle. I found that I used and enjoyed the bike much more than the kayak. So I sold the kayak.

If I were to buy another watercraft, the NuCanoe is high on my list. Not too heavy, not too expensive.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:54 PM   #32
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Another canoe on tow vehicle person here.

Jim can you describe the front bar you mounted for carrying the canoe. I will also have a setup like yours with my 2010 Pilot, 19' Escape and 17' Canoe. My 19'ter is on the road right now being delivered here. Steve
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:24 AM   #33
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Jim can you describe the front bar you mounted for carrying the canoe. I will also have a setup like yours with my 2010 Pilot, 19' Escape and 17' Canoe. My 19'ter is on the road right now being delivered here. Steve
I went to Racks Unlimited, and bought a Yakima rack for the front. Any Yakima supplier can outfit you with the appropriate stands, pads and clips. I would recommend getting a set of gunwale brackets too, as they eliminate any tendency for the boat to shift sideways, and keep it perfectly stable.

While we have enjoyed our '09 Pilot a lot for 4 1/2 years now, probably the most frustrating thing is the stupid factory roof racks, and the fact the crossbars are real close together, and at the very rear.

This additional rack solves the problem nicely though.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:54 PM   #34
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:35 PM   #35
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Does anyone have experience with inflatable kayaks? I appologize if it was covered in this thread. I just quickly scanned and didn't see it.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:12 AM   #36
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We have 2 inflatable kayaks (an AdvancedFrame 13' and Dragonfly 2 by Advanced Elements). We've had them for about 5 years. Have used them a lot and they perform well, are well made and more durable than most people expect.
We are somewhat nomadic and would not be able to transport and store a hard shell kayak on our frequent moves and in apartment dwellings.
I researched inflatable kayaks quite a bit before deciding on Advanced Elements because of price, looks and design. For their price, I think they perform better than many common entry-level hard shell kayaks. They do have a few limitations for experienced kayakers, but we are very happy with ours.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:39 AM   #37
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Advanced Elements Inflatables

I'll second Evan's recommendation for the line of Advanced Elements Kayaks.
I've had the single inflatable model for several years now, and I highly recommend it. Very good quality, and it paddles well. Super easy to transport, as it folds down to suitcase size.

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:09 AM   #38
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I researched inflatable kayaks quite a bit before deciding on Advanced Elements because of price, looks and design. For their price, I think they perform better than many common entry-level hard shell kayaks. They do have a few limitations for experienced kayakers, but we are very happy with ours.
Thanks Evan for the info. Just what I was looking for having researched and have several years of experiience with it too. I like the idea that it doesn't take up much room or have to put on the roof. I'll look into this brand.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:21 AM   #39
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With our Tundra there is plenty of room for me to just stick our two kayaks in the truck bed. I bought short kayaks, (less than 9' long), so they don't interfere with towing our EggCamper at all.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:50 PM   #40
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We use Yakima racks on our tow vehicles. We can switch the crossbars from one vehicle to the other as needed, so we only have the one set of crossbars. One accessory we find very useful is the Yakima boat loader, which slides out of whichever crossbar you add it to, and extends out the side to allow easier loading.
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Dislike of inflatable Kayaks

I've had two inflatable kayaks in the past and would hesitant to go that route again. I found they took up to much valuable interior space. They also took a lot of time to set up. Packing away time was worse. They were difficult to get clean and dry enough to put away without having to take them out again once home from the trip. (This is why I went from tent to trailer too.) Once we missed drying the interior tip thoroughly and ended up with mold. On short trips we stopped using them even though we brought them along.

Caveat, The models were very high end but older. They were probably around 45"x30"x15" and 60lbs. The linked ones above are a bit smaller and lighter and may be easier to use....I'm still too jaded though.

Most importantly is user type, it obviously works for some. YMMV.
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After a couple of years of thinking about it and renting, I finally got myself my own kayak, this past fall. I've had it out a bunch of times locally around Philadelphia and the New Jersey pine barrens. I got it in just enough time to take it for two Assateague camping weekends before Hurricane Sandy wiped out those campgrounds (since reopen, though!).

I'm developing a system that works for me, for doing wildlife photography from the boat. Maiden voyage in Florida over the christmas break with the plastic tote setup and 300mm hand-holdable lens was a big success. I picked Old Town's Voyager kayak for its side-to-side stability. It's not lightning fast, but it does what I need it to do: not rock a bunch while I'm pointing the camera at something. Second photo below shot from the kayak.
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