Kayak rack when towing fifth wheel Scamp - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-30-2016, 09:52 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Name: Jean
Trailer: Scamp
North Carolina
Posts: 18
Kayak rack when towing fifth wheel Scamp

I have a Nissan Frontier crew cab for towing my 19'Scamp. I struggled to find a way to take kayaks with me short of buying inflatables which, upon investigation, was not a good option for me. I saw a Thule T bar for canoes that mounted to a rear receiver hitch and called Thule to see if it would work on a front mounted hitch. As far over my truck bed as the camper comes when I turn, the kayaks were too long for a standard roof rack.

Thule sent me part numbers but made it clear that they had not tested front mounting the T bar and I was on my own. I went to REI and ordered a T bar, roof rack and a roller to help get kayaks on the rack. Another issue is that I am a female with limited upper body strength (and gray hair) so we had to find a solution that my daughter and I could manage without having to lift 50# kayaks overhead.

The installers at REI were great and between us found a way to make it work. I got Nissan to install a front hitch for the T bar. I had to order a standard roof rack which comes with 2 cross bars even tho I theoretically only need one on the roof. The roller was to be mounted on the T bar so kayaks could be loaded from the front. My daughter and I did not have the strength to accomplish this. The installers allowed us to think creatively and we decided to put the extra bar and roller at the back of the cab. I can bring get the boat up from the back and get it on the roller without ever lifting it over my head. My daughter walks the nose to the T bar and we tie it on, then slide the roller over to load the second boat. Works like a charm.

We took the boats to New River State Park this past weekend and had a ball. Again, Thule has not tested this and won't recommend this although it is identical to their rear mounted set up. However, it worked just fine for us.
Attached Thumbnails
1467341261029.jpg   1467341290104.jpg  

__________________

__________________
Weavery is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 07:30 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Dennis mn's Avatar
 
Name: Dennis
Trailer: Scamp
Minnesota
Posts: 261
Looks like a nice installation and a good solution to a problem faced by owners of 19' Scamps that also like to canoe or kayak.
__________________

__________________
1999 Scamp Fifth Wheel, pulled by a 2014 Nissan Frontier Pro4-X
Dennis mn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 12:24 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
kirkman's Avatar
 
Name: Jason
Trailer: 2007 Eggcamper & Homemade Tear Drop
New York
Posts: 656
Registry
👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼


Sent from my iPhone using Fiberglass RV
__________________
Jason
If you think you are to small to make a difference just try sleeping with a mosquito - The Dally Lama
kirkman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2016, 04:36 PM   #4
Member
 
Name: Teal
Trailer: Scamp 16
Arizona
Posts: 48
Nice job! I too am a small woman traveling solo though...I have the Scamp 16 and towing with a Toyota Highlander. Your set up might help me bring my hard kayak along too... thanks for being a problem solver and sharing it with us! Teal
__________________
Teal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2016, 04:42 PM   #5
Member
 
Name: Teal
Trailer: Scamp 16
Arizona
Posts: 48
Hi again... how are you getting the kayaks that high up into the air to reach the roof rack?
__________________
Teal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2016, 04:51 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Name: bob
Trailer: 1984 u-haul ct13; 1996 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe; 1946 Modernistic teardrop
New York
Posts: 4,333
Quote:
Originally Posted by Teal View Post
Hi again... how are you getting the kayaks that high up into the air to reach the roof rack?
What do you think of the Thule Hullavator rack ? I know of a couple people that have them and think they are great.
__________________
mary and bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2016, 06:21 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Name: Jean
Trailer: Scamp
North Carolina
Posts: 18
We bring them up the back through the bed. The roof of the cab isn't high when you stand in the bed.
__________________
Weavery is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2016, 06:24 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Name: Jean
Trailer: Scamp
North Carolina
Posts: 18
I looked at the hullivator and have an acquaintance with one. The problem w my gooseneck is that the boats ride too far back on a regular roof rack or the hullivator. The I corner sharply the trailer would hit the boats.
__________________

__________________
Weavery is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
scamp


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
Towing fifth wheel versus towing bumper hitch drstock Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 67 02-20-2014 02:04 AM
how will carrying a 50lb kayak on my rav4 roof affect towing? lpk49 Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 18 04-09-2013 07:43 PM
Dodge Dakota Quad Cab towing a fifth wheel? Les P. Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 7 08-12-2010 08:41 PM
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

» 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 11:13 AM.


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