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Old 07-13-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Canoe Rack

One of those late night silly questions...

Anyone have a good idea for carrying a 15' Canoe somehow on or with my 29' Ambassador?

I have an Apache Popup that we usually carry it on, but I would like to carry it with us when we use the Airstream. Is there some kind of rack or a way to mount it? It looks totally goofy on my Suburban, LOL.

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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If you think it's goofy on the 'burban, your really going to freak out if you put it on (and ruin) your Ambassador! Buy some Yakima or Thule rack for the Suburban,, and take it along.

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:44 PM   #3
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We carry our kayaks and canoe on our TV. Was driving the highways today on a business trip and saw 5 chainlink fence panels strapped on top of an white box trailer. Now that looked funky!!!
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:41 PM   #4
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There's neither the structure nor space to put a canoe on top of an Airstream. That was one of the first things I looked into 15 years back.

Nothing aquatic looks out of place on top of any tow vehicle up here in canoe country. Don't think small. I'm thinking about moving to 78" Yakima bars for my truck cap to give enough space for the his-and-hers canoe and my fishing kayak. I can't think of how many trips would have been enhanced by having both along.

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Old 07-23-2013, 03:53 PM   #5
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You have not seen goofy looking! I have a GMC Yukon TV and Yakima Racks with the 72" bars so I can get my Yakima Sky Box and the 17' Alumicraft canoe on top. Now add the front cargo carrier and BAM that's goofy looking. But it sure is fun once we get there. I would not even consider the AS for the canoe carrier. Much to high to get the thing on and off, plus vents and AC. No bueno!
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:56 PM   #6
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How do you secure the canoes to the rack? Ratchet straps? I'm putting a Thule rack on the cab of my F250 and I came across the 579XT canoe racks. I think I'll just strap them down to the rack. Do you tie off the bow and stern to the truck?

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Old 07-26-2013, 04:49 PM   #7
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I use the Yakima Gunwale Brackets and straps. However the Thule 579xt is essentially the same thing. They will work great for you. No side shifting going down the road, at 70mph they are very secure.
I used to rope off the front and rear. However it is nor neccessary if you space the racks both in front of and behind the center curve of your canoe so it will not slide forward or back, the mounts and straps will hold it nicely without the front or rear rope, even on a bumpy rutted dirt road. That being said, it is always prudent to error on the side of safety. So, rope away my friend.

P.S. these will carry ladders and lumber great also..

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Old 07-26-2013, 05:06 PM   #8
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We used tie-down straps when we put the canoe on my 4Runner. I use two over the middle of the canoe, usually where it rests on the rack. It makes for an easy tie down spot and one at the rear to my hitch. I haven't tied the front down because the strap would rub on my hood and grill. Never had a problem with it moving.
John doesn't want to put a rack on the truck, I'm not sure why, so he's still trying to figure out something more creative.

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