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Old 04-22-2007, 07:29 PM   #1
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Hello all, I have pulled my trillium out of the back yard and started to get her ready for another summer. Was wondering if any one with a trillium or other glass egg has put a canoe on top. Thinking of picking one up this year. Worried about the extra possible shacking and load on the roof. Thanks Ian
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:58 PM   #2
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Let's see, James Kent talks about his canoe, etc. Hobbies on the Road
BobSmith talks about his canoe here: Pack Mule

Then, we have something from the Legacy Posts: Kayak Racks

maybe that will help until someone else answers up
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:58 PM   #3
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I found this earlier post about adding a roof rack.
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:11 PM   #4
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Hi Ian
A few years back i saw a 13ft Boler with roof racks bolted to the roof and a boat being carried by same.
I dont know how well it worked.
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:13 PM   #5
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I had problems in my 1300 when I installed a Fantastical Fan in place of the vent.
I had to jack the roof up against the weight of the fan,and that is not very much weight.

It concerned me enough that I did not try the same thing with my 4500.
I would think the way to do it would be to spread the weight out to the roof/side area so there is more than just the flat roof surface to provide support.
This of course would imply attaching thru the shell.
My favorite feature of the Trills may have been that there are no real shell thru holes except for the awning supports.

I would be very reluctant to try this.

Just my 2 cents.

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Old 04-22-2007, 08:24 PM   #6
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If all other ideas fail, you may wish to consider something like this, which could probably be even modified for a car:
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Old 04-22-2007, 10:26 PM   #7
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:43 PM   #8
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I've seen roof racks mounted directly to the frame on Jeeps, why not the same thing on an egg. Not to mention the extra attachment points you'd gain front and rear for things like bicycles. You could mount it to the frame rails in front, and the bumper in the rear, and never have to worry about through-hulls. If you built it stout enough, you could make a basket up top (easy on the loading, might get top heavy and tip), or be comforted in knowing that it would offer a little protection from falling branches.
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Old 04-23-2007, 04:33 AM   #9
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Hello all, I have pulled my trillium out of the back yard and started to get her ready for another summer. Was wondering if any one with a trillium or other glass egg has put a canoe on top. Thinking of picking one up this year. Worried about the extra possible shacking and load on the roof. Thanks Ian
Ian,

From reading posts in this thread and others, the Trill doesn't have a very well reinforced roof.

You didn't mention your tow vehicle, but if it's a pickup, van or SUV, it would be better to carry the canoe on the tow rather than the Trill. There are even carriers for sedans.
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:13 AM   #10
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I carry my canoe on a trak rack on my pick up when hauling the camper and on roof racks when I just take the Subaru outback coup.
I also have seen where people have welded 3/4 pipe onto front and rear bumpers of Jeep CJ's and made racks to haul canoes and if there were no other option to haul canoe on TV I would go this route.
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:19 AM   #11
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Hello all, I have pulled my trillium out of the back yard and started to get her ready for another summer. Was wondering if any one with a trillium or other glass egg has put a canoe on top. Thinking of picking one up this year. Worried about the extra possible shacking and load on the roof. Thanks Ian
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Ian I would be glad to build you a Nor"easter Canoe
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I've seen roof racks mounted directly to the frame on Jeeps, why not the same thing on an egg.
Maybe because lots of people aren't tall enough to load stuff easily (and unload) from the top of an egg?
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:03 PM   #13
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I've seen roof racks mounted directly to the frame on Jeeps, why not the same thing on an egg... You could mount it to the frame rails in front, and the bumper in the rear, and never have to worry about through-hulls...
I think this is the type of system which Thomas Haney put on his Skimp, as discussed in the topic linked by Frederick: [b]Roof Rack, on top of a 13 Scamp. It makes sense to me, to the extent that any structure this large on a lightweight trailer, and any rack so far off the ground, can make sense.

For alternate attachment and structural ideas, still in the external structure theme, there's always the awning frame featured in [b]Special awning mount, Rick's 86' Burro.
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I think this is the type of system which Thomas Haney put on his Skimp, as discussed in the topic linked by Frederick:
Yes, but Thomas Haney did [b]NOT put that rack over the top of his Scimp to use it as a load bearing rack...he built it to [b]lift up the shell because it was sagging. If I remember right, it was made out of conduit. Unless an individual carries a ladder, for the most part these trailers are too tall to effectively use the top as a place to carry stuff. Although like anything, it would be possible given enough time/money & effort....
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