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Old 09-01-2017, 08:38 AM   #1
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Towing a 2 person kayak

I have a 25 ft Airstream and a Ford 150. Unfortunately, I cannot tow my Airstream with the tail bed down, so this leaves me no option on how to carry my kayak. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can safely tow my camper and kayak?

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Old 09-01-2017, 08:55 AM   #2
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Old 09-01-2017, 09:14 AM   #3
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It depends a bit on just how big your kayak is. Our two person is about 25' long. It's heavy enough that getting it on top of an F-250 is a bit of a struggle.

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Old 09-01-2017, 10:18 AM   #4
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Check out a variety of roof rack manufacturers. Thule and Yakima are a couple great ones. Not inexpensive but well built. Each of them make specialty racks for kayaks and some include loading assists to help you load heavy or awkward boats onto taller vehicles. Some are roller based where you load from an end of the vehicle and others are side loading where the rack actually tips to the side and hangs over the driver or passenger door to help reach taller vehicles. See this as an example:

https://www.thule.com/en-us/ca/sport...-pro-_-1685448

Yakima has a few different options for similar.
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Old 09-01-2017, 10:44 AM   #5
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We have one of these racks in the back of our TV and carry two kayaks on it while towing our Bambi. Works really well for us.
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Old 09-01-2017, 02:09 PM   #6
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I use Malone mounts on the roof racks of my 4Runner. They attach 2 to a side, then I have front and rear tie downs (my straps match now, this was the first year and the Malone straps weren't quite long enough). The kayak is a 2 person Big Tuna by Jackson. Dry weight is 92 lbs. I'm 70, 5'7" and I can put it up and take it down by myself, however I do carry a little plastic 2-step folding ladder.

For a pickup, if you don't have a cap, I've seen them use a 4-point support that puts part of the kayak over the cab, the rest on a cross member support in the back, over the bed.

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Ditto to the Thule and Yakima racks. Works best with a cap so that you can put kayak gear and other misc. gear inside the cap. Be sure to use front and rear tie-downs. A cockpit cover is a must to keep the rain out of the boat. You don't want the extra weight of water inside the boat while transporting. We carry 16 ft AND an 18.5 ft kayaks with no issues. Go to a good rack store for details on the clamps that you will need for your vehicle, and how to mount your boat. We had the truck cap company put "gutter racks" on the roof of the cap.
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:02 PM   #8
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A cockpit cover is a must to keep the rain out of the boat. You don't want the extra weight of water inside the boat while transporting.
Sit on top fishing kayaks have scuppers. No water collects in the boat, but watch that first stop, instant car wash.
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We had the same problem

Here is how we solved it for us: http://https://livinginbeauty.net/20...29/our-kayaks/
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We also just installed a TracRac, and carry 2 kayaks side by side, face down. We use a rack pad, which you don't need (I don't think), but it does make it easier to slide the kayaks on and off of the rack.
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I use this: 14' tandem inflatable

http://www.saturnrafts.com/saturn-inflatable-kayaks

Works very well. I reverse the vacuum I carry for the trailer to inflate it, very fast.

I saw a fellow that mounted 2 kayaks on the rear bumper of his TT. They looked to be about 11' long. They were mounted side by side but were Perpendicular to the long axis of the trailer. That is, they were straight up. Very creative idea.

I thought about putting kayaks on a carrier on top of my truck, but alas, I am not as strong as I used to be.

However Thule has an assisted roof top carrier, Hullavator, which may work, but since the inflatable works so well I have not tried it:
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We deliberately didn't put a camper shell on our f150 but rather put a hard cover over the bed that could support our weight. This allows us to load 2 hobie kayaks in steps as these guys are heavy. We put nose on bed lid then while standing on the bed cover slide em up onto roof rack. We use Thule racks that are made for that weight
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Hobby makes a roof rack where a bar slides out away from the vehicle. You lift one end on to it, slide the back one out and lift the back up and slide kayak over the roof. It comes with secure tie downs.
I am sure you can find it on their website. Its a one man operation.
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