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Old 04-09-2013, 04:48 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by jen b View Post
HAHAHA! One of the reasons I got the 10-footer instead of something longer is to avoid any unscheduled bonus ventilation of the front of my trailer!
I almost put my 18 foot Wenonah canoe thru the front window of the UHaul, my first time out.

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Old 04-09-2013, 04:52 PM   #16
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jon are you still here? i'd like to talk a little about your rig. kayak

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Old 04-09-2013, 05:04 PM   #17
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I routinely carry a kayak or two on my vehicles when towing and the mileage with or without the kayaks seems to be the same. I think in my case the kayaks split the air a little before it hits the camper, so the impact isn't as great as if the air hit the camper directly.
When not towing, the kayaks drop my mileage a little compared to no kayaks, but I learned that even the crossbars by themselves hurt the mileage almost as much as the kayaks, so I remove them if not carrying anything.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:29 PM   #18
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Last spring I bought a Hobie Mirage Sport and carried it atop my Highlander. Went from OK to MN and MI, then returned. Also did another trip without trailer, to MI and back, with kayak on top. Both times my fuel economy suffered. With trailer, about 1 mpg. Without, about 2 mpg. I have the 3.5L engine. Of course YMMV (literally).
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:43 PM   #19
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The effect certainly is dependent on the specific tow vehicle, trailer, and boat. I found that a 17-foot aluminum canoe on top of our Sienna van (without trailer) added some drag and noise, but adding the canoe to the Sienna plus Boler 1700 made no detectable difference. I also found that the angle of the canoe versus level really mattered: due to the slope in the van's roof rack, I had to use thick blocks holding the canoe up at the rear and thin ones at the front to get the canoe's angle of attack to the airflow right.

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