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Old 01-24-2014, 11:49 PM   #43
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This what we used until Norma developed a bulged disk and couldn't get into either of them. Her injury prompted us to buy our first FGRV and retire the kayaks.
It was a great rig - queen size bed, but wouldn't help with the get out of the weather requirement.
The double on top is in "Get on the ferry without being over length or height mode". It would normally be extending over the front of the car a bit. (I dumped those goofy Hullivators after this trip).
Hope you get delivery of your new Escape in time for the NOG in April. I'll be there too, but without a boat, since I don't want to pay the over height on the ferry!
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:55 PM   #44
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What you need to consider is the flex between the cab of the pickup and the bed. There can be considerable twisting action when traversing uneven terrain.
You really don't want to strap the bow of your boat to a rack on the cab, and the stern to a rack on pickup bed.
Much easier on the boat to have it on racks mounted entirely on the cab, or on the bed.
Hey Glenn, good thinking! I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for that before I twisted my boats in half!

The problem is the length of the cab roof doesn't give me enough room to place two racks far enough apart to support the boats. In other words too much unsupported boat leftover at either end.

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A 6" hitch extender will reduce his hitch capacity to a point below the weight of the Scamp.
Agree, a big no to the hitch extender.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:07 AM   #46
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Your Element has 10% more HP than our Nissan Van did and weighs 300lbs more than our current TV (car). Loaded ready for travel your Element would weigh 4,500lbs. It also has a very short rear overhang that helps make for stable towing. Thinking a 1,500lb, properly set up glass egg would be no problem for your Element. For sure other properties of the vehicle are up for consideration but it seems to have a lot going for it.
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The problem is the length of the cab roof doesn't give me enough room to place two racks far enough apart to support the boats. In other words too much unsupported boat leftover at either end.

Any other ideas??
Contractors use a one piece rack that sets on the bed rails and extends over the cab, for hauling ladders and long lumber. I have a restored vintage pickup, so didn't want to damage the new paint by bolting something to the bed sides, therefore my reason for building a rack that sets on the floor of the pickup bed. Also have one of those rubber bed mats in it. I'm kinda fussy with that truck.
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You could also do what the hang glider guys do. and install a rack out front of the truck like these.


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Jason, I like that idea. I once started to build a similar rack that would bolt to the front of our car so it would support the front of our canoe. Never did get around to finishing it because with the 23 connected we were already at our payload spec.
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Hope you get delivery of your new Escape in time for the NOG in April. I'll be there too, but without a boat, since I don't want to pay the over height on the ferry!
Barb are you going to go using Washington State ferry? It is cheaper! but if your going BC Ferries no need to worry about over height - they don't charge extra for that anymore. You do need to declare it as over height though when making a reservation just so they keep enough deck space.
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Sometimes towing capacity is related to braking capacity. Getting electric brakes on the trailer may help in that end. It would also allow you to more evenly distribute the weight between the tow vehicle and trailer. Your maximum weights may be the same even if the trailer is empty. Trailers tow better with a bit of a load properly balanced in them.
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Ugh, very long day and no new Scamp. Suffice it to say, that was very unexpected experience. Still in the market, thinking we will just order new and pick up in Minnesota this summer.

MC1, nice looking setup there! I agree, it is a good car if we don't exceed 1500. Problem is, after talking more with my SO, I think we might exceed 1500. :-) He is not as willing as I am to keep things out of the trailer, which surprises me. He would not worry about exceeding the tow capacity, and I would, which would cause friction, so better to just upgrade to towing capacity and not fight about it. I am going to start shopping for a tow vehicle that is also a good kayak vehicle. It's tough, since so many SUVs now have factory racks that can't support the weight of both of our sea kayaks (the RAV4, for example). Will maybe start a separate post on this once I do some research.

Roy, thanks for the advice, it makes good sense. We will definitely get electric brakes, no matter the capacity.
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VicCT.... Thnxs for the updates. Get a pickup if that is what you want or need but there are many other options that may be more interesting, economical, or suitable. Is there any other type of vehicle that you would be interested in?
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Oops MC1, I meant order a new Scamp and pick "it" up in Minnesota. Went to look at a used Scamp a few hours away and it did not work out. Sorry, so tired after the long ride today!

I am all over the place on tow vehicle at the moment, but I do know I don't want a pickup. I was actually just looking up the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. A minivan would be kinda weird, given I am now empty nesting, but it would be functional in so many ways. We could sleep in it on an overnight quick camp if we don't want to haul a trailer, and change in it after kayaking/canoeing. Could be both a good kayak car and tow vehicle. And the mpg is good for both of those. But I definitely need AWD or 4WD, being in the Northeast, which is rare in the Odyssey. And, well, how do I bring myself to buy a minivan? :-)

Also thinking RAV4 (if I can get a Thule or Yakima rack mounts on it instead of factory rack), or Highlander. Jeep Cherokee or Pathfinder would be great for all reasons except daily mpg and long-term reliability, which both suffer in those categories. I won't do Ford - - recent reviews are bad on reliability - - eco-boost is not living up to expectations, apparently. Open to other suggestions.
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I was actually just looking up the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
They are actually great vehicles for your intended purposes. The Mini Van stigma means nothing to me / couldn't care less about such things. We had two of them and still have one to date..... here.. My ParkLiner's (New to me) 2010 Nissan Frontier They are very capable vehicles that the modest tow rating doesn't reflect.

Suv's of all shapes and sizes would work. Or something cool like this guy from SC who is getting his BMW station wagon set up for towing... Post 249 Show us your small Tow Vehicle set-up - Page 18 - Airstream Forums

For towing a small egg there are lots of possibilities. Enjoy the selection process.
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