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Old 09-01-2017, 09:45 PM   #15
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We tow a 23ft Flying Cloud with a Toyota Tundra with a 6 1/2' bed and canopy. We have two 10.5' recreational kayaks. I put them in the bed of the truck with the canopy window open and close the tail gate. The kayaks hang out of the truck bed at such an angle (sticking up in the air) that they do not interfere with the trailer connect. Works great and is a lot easier than a roof rack.
I can send a picture if you have this as an option.
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Old 09-03-2017, 08:32 AM   #16
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I had the same problem with my pickup.
I came up with a Thule solution that uses the tracks built into my bed cover from Pace Edwards and the Thule 460 feet.
the Kayaks are 9' long.
I also carry 2 bikes.

Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2017, 08:41 AM   #17
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Can you post a pic of your cover open ??
Just wondering how that works
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:21 AM   #18
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This is the Kayak rack that we use to haul our two Hobie Kayaks built by Spring Creek Outfitters in MN.
It is the best engineered rack period! Works with a tonneau cover. Has loading assist bars that extend out on each side when needed.Adjustable in height and width to fit most applications.Removable in less than 10 minutes.
We have hauled Kayaks over 20,000 miles with these and I am still amazed how well thought out and how well built these are.

https://www.springcreek.com/
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:36 AM   #19
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Here is another shot with the Airstream attached and the Can Am ATV in the box.I raise the back rack to divert the air over the trailer.
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Old 09-03-2017, 10:12 AM   #20
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Towing a kayak

Tundra--Folbot--19 ft Flying cloud + 2 big retrievers
Use Thule pull-down rack: Hullavator
Can easily add 2nd kayak with gear in back of truck
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:22 AM   #21
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I use a third rack with rollers from Thule. Unfortunately, the only way to get just the rollers is to buy them as parts ($$$). I know this because I had my rear rack stolen, so I purchased them (and a complete set of rack locks) as a replacement.

I installed tracks on the shell, made by Thule. The boats are a 16' WS Tarpon 160 and a 13' Hobie Revo 13. I can put them up there myself, using that ladder for strapping them down, without too much difficulty. Much better than having "help" sometimes.

I don't like the complete Thule Roll Model ($200) that's in the pics, as the pads deform my kayaks in the heat, and the straps loosen up. Maybe if you have fiberglass boats, or your boats are really thick and heavy, they work better. The front ears never stay where I set them, and the hardware corrodes and either seizes or snaps off. I've got a set of Malone Sea Wings on order, my paddling buddy really likes them. If they work out, I'll sell off the silly pads on eBay, you can get a good price for rack gear.

Whatever you decide, take your time and make sure that you're using top-notch gear to transport your kayaks. Just imagine how upset you'd be if you had some guy's kayak sticking out of your windshield!
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:29 AM   #22
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We went with the Thule roof rack and a Hullivator to get our big tandem up and down. I was a bit worried about the extra cargo, wind resistance, etc, but the whole rig towed beautifully. The Hullivator, BTW, is worth every penny to save our backs, that yak weighs about 100lbs!
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:33 AM   #23
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Thule works well

Couple of comments...we have a 16.6' Old Town canoe which we used to load on our Tahoe, which was a challenge. Then we got the F150 EB, and a Thule adjustable bed rack along a single Thule roof rack. They typically come in pairs, so we had to purchase 2 of the bed racks...(I later sold one of them.) We found a dealer in Wisconsin who sold us single roof rack from Thule which was great. I can use without removing my tri-fold cover, so it provides some protection for my propane generator and few other items. I use a "stretch net" with a canvas under it covering other items, if I need to due to weather. It works fine.

My experience: The Old Town canoe is almost 95 lbs and is awkward for loading/unloading, especially if any wind. We would put nose on truck bed, as others mention, then I would crawl up into the bed and work it up over the Thule right side up, then turn over. There are several "gadgets" for sale which "supposedly" make this task easier, but the weight and issues with wind don't really change things for loading or unloading a heavy canoe; it can be a hassle.
Fast forward......3 years ago, we purchased a couple Old Town kayaks, while canoeing, as wife thought they would be more fun and easier to handle. (this way, the wife goes where she wants to paddle and so do I!) These kayaks weigh 30-35 lbs each, and use the same racks. We recently upgraded to F250, and we are able to use same racks. We still avoid wind when we are boating, but I can load/unload without any help and I don't need front-end nose ties like I did with the canoe. I use one ratchet tie for the front and one for the back. Very secure. They stay put even in heavy winds, and this set up works well for our use.
We still use the canoe from time to time with the grandkids, but kayaks are our boats of choice. :-)
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We went with the Thule roof rack and a Hullivator to get our big tandem up and down. I was a bit worried about the extra cargo, wind resistance, etc, but the whole rig towed beautifully. The Hullivator, BTW, is worth every penny to save our backs, that yak weighs about 100lbs!
At the Thule site the specifications say the load capacity is 75 lbs, but you say yours is 100. Isn't that a problem?

What tandem kayak do you have ?
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