carrying a kayak - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-24-2012, 05:50 AM   #15
Raz
Senior Member
 
Raz's Avatar
 
Name: Raz
Trailer: Trillium 2010
Vermont
Posts: 4,063
Because of the shape of the door frame, no one makes a rack for our Frontier. As such we use the foam blocks and tie down straps made by Yakima to carry our canoe. Two problems with this set up. The first is that with the straps go through the vehicle. If it rains, they drip and you get wet. Second is that the roof is relatively flat, thin sheet metal and there is a tendency for the blocks to dent the roof when you tighten the straps. Travelling within a couple hours from home, this works fine. But I would not try a cross country trip with this set up. Bob's story makes me even more cautious. Raz
__________________

__________________
Raz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 09:26 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Name: P
Trailer: Casita
Washington
Posts: 109
If money is not a problem, there are some folding kayaks out there. Folbot, Klepper and Feathercraft are three brands that have been around for a while.
__________________

__________________
slowpat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 11:30 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Magee View Post
So they do sell foam blocks for carrying a kayak on the roof, eh? Any suggestion on who sells them?
In Canada you can purchase them from Mountain Equipment Co-op - pretty sure you will be able to find them in the US at REI. The ones they sell at the Co-op have a slit in them that is meant to go over the cross bars of the rack. The ones that go right onto the roof IMHO have nothing to prevent them from shifting around. Have used the foam on the cross bars many times (you can also go cheap and just go to a hardware store and buy the foam that goes around pipes as well. As suggested it is important that you take note of your rakes weight cap & make sure you securing the kayak at the front and back to the underside of the cars front and rear bumper if you plan to travel more than a few blocks.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 11:43 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
I forgot to mention that I have hauled kayaks for about 20 years are more and have used all sorts of ropes & straps etc to tie them down at the front and back. Have found the V Straps that are made for doing this (should be able to get at REI) such as the one the photo are the ones that are easiest to use and really do stop the kayak from shifting side to side.
Attached Images
 
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 12:02 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Mike Magee's Avatar
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: Li'l Hauley
Oklahoma
Posts: 5,142
I found a (relatively) good deal on a "closeout" 2011 Hobie Mirage Sport on ebay today, so I took the plunge. (My wife had that disapproving look on her face about spending that much money, but I've decided this will be my "summer of the kayak," and the Hobies really retain resale value well.) I've decided I will get some J racks for roof carry. The Sport is about 48 lbs so it shouldn't be too hard to load and unload. Thanks to all for the suggestions and valuable information!
__________________
How much time do we have left? 2 Chr. 7:14
Mike Magee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 04:54 AM   #20
Raz
Senior Member
 
Raz's Avatar
 
Name: Raz
Trailer: Trillium 2010
Vermont
Posts: 4,063
Happy paddling.
__________________
Raz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 07:15 AM   #21
Senior Member
 
Name: bob
Trailer: 1984 u-haul ct13; 1996 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe; 1946 Modernistic teardrop
New York
Posts: 4,332
Now I'm looking at the Yakima Mako Aero kayak saddles as they will clamp directly onto my Honda's factory rack without using a rack/load bar set up. They sell for $99 a pair and you need two pair for one kayak. I've found them several places for $89.10 a pair. I prefer carrying a kayak in the upright position with a cockpit cover on it, they seem to set better and are easier to load.
__________________
mary and bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 07:25 AM   #22
Senior Member
 
MCDenny's Avatar
 
Name: Denny
Trailer: Lil Snoozy
Michigan
Posts: 551
Watch out for the cockpit covers blowing off at freeway speeds. Don't ask me how I know!
__________________
MCDenny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 07:58 AM   #23
Senior Member
 
Name: bob
Trailer: 1984 u-haul ct13; 1996 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe; 1946 Modernistic teardrop
New York
Posts: 4,332
My cockpit covers have a strap that goes around the kayak, haven't lost one yet! Hope I didn't jinx myself by saying that. I got the covers because on one trip it rained while we were on the road and that made the kayaks real heavy to unload. Bob
__________________
mary and bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 09:31 AM   #24
Senior Member
 
Roy in TO's Avatar
 
Name: Roy
Trailer: 1972 boler American and 1979 Trillium 4500
Ontario
Posts: 4,954
For years I've witnessed many a canoe tied onto a vehicle with it's "bottom" up. Is there any particular reason one does not do that with a Kayak?
__________________
Roy in TO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
Name: bob
Trailer: 1984 u-haul ct13; 1996 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe; 1946 Modernistic teardrop
New York
Posts: 4,332
I have always carried our canoe bottom up, but that's because of the foam blocks sit on the top rails of the canoe. I have a home made kayak rack that sits in the bed of my old full size pickup with the 8 foot box. I sometimes load the kayaks bottom up on that. I've wondered though if wind would more get into the kayak in that position and cause more of a lift effect. Just the hull shape of a kayak makes more of a tendency to load them upright, and the racks that are available seem to be designed to do that.
__________________
mary and bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 12:42 PM   #26
Member
 
Name: John J.
Trailer: 13' Scamp / 34' Sunnybrook Titan
Virginia
Posts: 39
Good Afternoon, This is your Lucky Day. I have a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan, with two beautiful Kayaks sitting on top in their Yakima Saddled Kayak Carriers, one is a 16-17' QCC600XL Kevlar baby with a 21" beam, Turquoise and Creme and the Other is a wonderful Necky Zoar Sport 14' plastic kayak with a 27" beam. You can see them in the featured ads on Paddling.net all for $6.000. That is the Car, The Racks, the Kayaks, paddles and just about any thing else kayak I can find around the house. Just don't haggle about the price. Its fair for what you are getting. I live in Chesapeake Virginia, next to Virginia Beach to the east and North Carolina on the south.
__________________
John J. Norris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 05:03 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
Name: P
Trailer: Casita
Washington
Posts: 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roy in TO View Post
For years I've witnessed many a canoe tied onto a vehicle with it's "bottom" up. Is there any particular reason one does not do that with a Kayak?
Yes. The hull is stronger than the top side.
__________________
slowpat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 06:48 PM   #28
Member
 
lauramoncur's Avatar
 
Name: Laura
Trailer: Teardrop American Outbacker
Utah
Posts: 71
We have been very happy with our Sea Eagle inflatable kayaks. Here is a link to the best one: Sea Eagle: FastTrack

There are cheaper inflatables out there, but these have the best seats and they're super tough.

Here's a YouTube video about them: Sea Eagle FastTrack paddling on Lake Tahoe - YouTube

I love that I can just throw them in the car and not have to worry about them.
__________________

__________________
Read more about camping and travel on Starling Travel: http://www.starling-travel.com/
lauramoncur is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kayak Rack Jim Sherwood Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 25 01-23-2008 06:37 PM
Canoe - Kayak Rack Pete Dumbleton Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 0 07-28-2007 05:02 PM
Canoe / Kayak Trip - the Lower Coquille River robin marshburn Oregon Gatherings 0 07-18-2007 07:32 PM
Kayak Fest- Two Harbors, MN - 8/4-8/6/06 Ken Simon Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 0 07-23-2006 08:26 AM
Kayak Racks Legacy Posts Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 26 08-19-2003 03:31 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.