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Old 08-23-2007, 06:22 PM   #15
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Before writing this response, I googled styrofoam canoe supports but found nothing.
The support blocks may well have been expanded polystyrene foam, which many people erroneously call "styrofoam". Styrofoam is extruded polystyrene foam. Anything which is moulded into shape is not made of Styrofoam, which may be why the search did not yield results.

For "foam canoe supports" Google came up with a bunch of irrelevant matches, plus the TenderCraft Boat Shop Accessories page (see the Foam Canoe Blocks in that page).

For "foam canoe carrier" Google came up with a whole bunch of matches for this sort of thing.

My canoe/kayak blocks, like most I've seen, are a softer foam, not polystyrene.

I wouldn't try this on the trailer itself (which was the original question), because it is impractically high (in my case), and because I don't see good tie-down points.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:28 PM   #16
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Has anybody out there in Fiberglass land mounted a Kayak rack on top of a fiberglass trailer?

We have a Scamp 19 ft 5th wheel, so a rack on the Ranger size PU is out!

My wife and I want to be able to take our Kayaks when we head out. These are big water kayaks. Mine is a 17ft and hers is 15.

So far this has resulted in two trips out and back. A limit on how far we can go.

Any and all ideas are chearfully accepted, home made, store bought etc.

Please post pictures if you have them.

Thank you for any and all ideas
Lots of interesting replys to this one.

Went out and spent $483.00 with WA sales tax today.

Solution:

A Yakima Outdoorsman 300 is the foundation of the solution. It mounts to the bed rails so can be moved forward or backward depending on trailer in tow or not.

http://yakima.com/Product.aspx?id=68

Front of Yaks mounted to a regular Q Tower on top of PU. Yes, additional tie down bow ropes will be used.

Spouse is happy, we can take the Yaks when we camp on the coast.

Will post pictures and make a report when I get it all set up and flight tested.
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Old 08-25-2007, 08:07 AM   #17
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Will post pictures and make a report when I get it all set up and flight tested.
Yes, please do. It looks like it's going to be a very good workable solution.
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:12 PM   #18
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I considered that set up (a pair of Outdoorsman on the bed rails and Q towers on the cab roof) to hold my Rocket Box while carrying the ATV in the bed and towing the trailer. Not much storage in the jump seat section of the truck cab. In the end, I felt the box would be too hard to get at while the ATV was filling the bed.

You've got a good sized kayak. I'll be interested to see if you can get them far enough forward that you can still hook the 5th wheel up.

I, too, will be watching for pictures of the whole kit n kaboodle.
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:34 PM   #19
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Brian,

Thank you for the foam canoe carrier info. We're going to be carrying a canoe again at some point, and I now know where to look for the product I mis-remembered from years ago.

Cheers,
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Old 08-26-2007, 12:08 PM   #20
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... I felt the box would be too hard to get at while the ATV was filling the bed.
I had the same concern with a box on the top of my van, which obviously has no pickup bed to stand in for access. I typically stand in the doorway of the open sliding side door, but the rear-most part of the box (I have a long one) is still difficult to reach. This is really only an issue for installation and removal of the box (I must reach hardware inside the box at each mounting point), since stuff carried in the box is normally bulky enough to take out by grabbing the nearest corner.

I have also carried our canoe on the roof racks, and again stood in the doorway to reach the tie-down straps. Actually lifting the canoe on and off is done standing on the ground; the rack does not need to be reachable directly during this operation.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:45 PM   #21
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Has anybody out there in Fiberglass land mounted a Kayak rack on top of a fiberglass trailer?
Here is an interesting rack on a fiberglass roof:
Safari Condo Universal Sliding Rack

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Information regarding the Alto has been deleted from this posting to keep on topic. The discussion on the Alto is found here: The Alto - a new trailer made in Quebec, (It is semi fiberglass)
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:39 PM   #22
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Saw one trailer that the owner had cut an access door into the rear of his trailer under his back window. This was so that he could load his surfboard INSIDE the trailer. He covered the hatch with a swing out gear box over the back bumper. Sorry I didn't get a picture of it.
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:49 PM   #23
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Hi - This is more for anyone else that looks at this thread in the future . . . consider a folding kayak! We have two Folbot's, and they are composed of a snap-together aluminum frame and a rubber/nylon skin. They fold down into two duffel bags apiece, they're easy to carry, and they fit into our Honda Element in many configurations. We use ours in the ocean regularly -- they're very stable. If you want sleek, there are some european companies that make them sleek too, but at much greater cost. Just a thought!
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Old 01-23-2008, 05:13 AM   #24
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Hi - This is more for anyone else that looks at this thread in the future . . . consider a folding kayak! We have two Folbot's, and they are composed of a snap-together aluminum frame and a rubber/nylon skin. They fold down into two duffel bags apiece, they're easy to carry, and they fit into our Honda Element in many configurations. We use ours in the ocean regularly -- they're very stable. If you want sleek, there are some european companies that make them sleek too, but at much greater cost. Just a thought!
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The Folbot looks like an excellent kayak. How long does it take to put it together?
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There are a number of similar designs on the market; I believe FolBoat was the first.
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When someone wants to carry a boat, this thread always comes to mind.
Porta-bote, and I love the name for this folding boat - Origami

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...st&p=194369
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