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Old 10-13-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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As anyone out there ever put a roof rack on their FGRV? I want to haul my kyack on the Scamp '13, but am afraid of leaks. Any ideas???
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:01 AM   #2
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As anyone out there ever put a roof rack on their FGRV? I want to haul my kyack on the Scamp '13, but am afraid of leaks. Any ideas???
IMHO any "roof" rack should be attached at the tongue and rear bumper.
Many different shapes and types of material could be used depending on the capacity required.
For a plastic lightweight kayak you could consider bonding a couple of dock bumpers to the roof and using rope to tie it down front and rear....Suction cups?
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Dumb question that you have probably already considered: What about a roof rack on your car/truck? That would probably reduce frontal area and improve fuel economy over putting kayaks up high on the FGRV.
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What about a roof rack on your car/truck? That would probably reduce frontal area and improve fuel economy over putting kayaks up high on the FGRV.
Not to mention that unless you always go to the same campground, the best canoe/kayak/bike/etc spots are rarely that close to your average campsite. So having the ability to drive out for your excursions and take your equipment with you is always a big plus IMHO.
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Not to mention that unless you always go to the same campground, the best canoe/kayak/bike/etc spots are rarely that close to your average campsite. So having the ability to drive out for your excursions and take your equipment with you is always a big plus IMHO.
Great point, we have a great bike rack on our trailer and often carry a receiver rack for just that reason!
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I've had good luck carrying kayaks on top of my tow vehicle. I use Yakima cross bars on my Subaru rack, and use the same cross bars mounted on foam blocks on my truck. If I'm only carrying one kayak on the truck, I just use one crossbar and a "T" bar that fits into the hole in the rear bumper intended for a tow ball. If two kayaks, I use both the cross bars with a strap through the passenger compartment. I plan to add Yakima "Q" towers to my truck cab so I can do without the straps through the passenger compartment.
I'd try avoiding putting any holes in the roof of the camper unless there was no other options.
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:51 PM   #7
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Bob, your profile doesn't give the manufacture date of your trailer. Remember, prior to the big Scamp fire, trailers had to be ordered and built for roof A/C weight. If your trailer is older than 2006... it may not hold the weight of a rack and kayak(s). You wouldn't want the roof to meet up with the floor!

Here's a topic you may want to read: Kayak Rack
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Nice to know.. I wasn't aware. It's a '78, so I reckon that's out. Guess I will look for a rack for my Element. Tks.
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