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Old 11-24-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Hoping someone will have information on this topic. Really want to take Canoe and possibly Kayak (if there's room) along in camping trips, but want yo do so without utilizing a trailer.

Any suggestions on where to start would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Derek

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Old 11-24-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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Greetings Derek!

Originally Posted by crazeevw View Post
Hoping someone will have information on this topic. Really want to take Canoe and possibly Kayak (if there's room) along in camping trips, but want yo do so without utilizing a trailer.

Any suggestions on where to start would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Derek
While I don't think that one of those wire luggage racks that fit into a class III/IV hitch receiver would work for a canoe, one might work for a kayak. It would possibly contribute to the possibility of dragging the rack when crossing certain fuel station approaches, and it would also be an addition to the length to consider when maneuvering the coach in reverse.

Just a thought on a possible solution with a couple of potential compromises.

Good luck with your investigation!


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Old 11-24-2013, 02:39 PM   #3
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Personally, I am thinking about a roof mount.
My first thought would be pick a spot that would be good on the curb side above the awning rail, and add a couple of 2" x 24" 16 gauge aluminum strips or even a piece of 2" x 1/2" extrusion riveted to the roof on the main ribs.
Then I would use this kind of kit to strap the canoe or kayak down.
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This company makes nice hitch carriers.
Aerodynamics suck though...
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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Alternative to Canoe/Kayak Racks

Here is another solution. I have 15 canoes at my home, so you can guess my other interest other than my Classic Airstream motorhome. I think for the effort, destruction of the roof and the frequency of paddling on the road, you might want to check out these awesome folding canoes and kayaks made by Pakboats (News from Pakboats). I've own one and paddled the 17' folding canoe above the Arctic Circle in the Yukon and it held up better than the hard sided canoes. This is a very large volume canoe and yet if folds up to the size of an Army duffle bag. A small kayak or his Puffin model is not much larger than a gym bag and weights about 20#s. Alv designs and builds them is a very knowledgable Scandinavian paddler. Hope this helps.

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I came across these photos on Fred's Archive website. Maybe they'll inspire your creative construction for the roof rack. Here's a link.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:29 PM   #6
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That pretty much makes it just another WB!
How much weight would you want to add to the top before you carry anything?


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