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Old 04-16-2014, 11:34 AM   #15
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When we did summer trips into the Yukon in the late 70's and early 80's we took a Gruman 17' on top of the Jeep towing the Airstream. We didn't use it a lot, but when we did it was real of fun. Watch the winds on lakes like Muncho though, we got wind stuck on the far side and had to wait it out until things calmed down enough for the return trip to the campspot.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:10 PM   #16
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We have a raised rail system over the truck bed with an additional rail on the cab. We can take the rail system on and off the rails attached permanently to the edges of the truck bed. It can be loaded by one person. We carry a 17.5 ft Alumacraft canoe, and a 17 ft. Wenonah Kevlar canoe. The Wenonah is only about 42 lb, but keel-less which makes it a little harder to control in windy conditions. The Alumacraft has a keel and is pretty much indestructible. Believe me, that thing has been through a lot! I'll try to find a picture of it all.


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Old 04-16-2014, 01:32 PM   #17
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Here's our set up.

Here's where we bought the rear racks.
Exterior Accessories - Racks, Carriers & Ramps - Ladder Racks

The rack on the cab is from Thule.

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Old 04-16-2014, 07:42 PM   #18
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I'm a big fan of modern inflatables - easy to blow up/roll up. I've got a 14' paddle ski from Sea Eagle with a 2hp air cooled Honda (very important if you want to get back where you started).

It's pretty easy to get carried away with accessories but this setup is still very portable. Good luck
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:39 PM   #19
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Taking the canoe

This is my first post, having signed up to learn more about Airstreamers while planning our first purchase of an Airstream on the glide path to retirement. One thing I do know about is strapping on the boats. We have been taking the kayaks on trips for 14 years. After giving in on boarding our Golden, we started tent camping and added a Kevlar canoe so Baxter could come along. Never wish you could break out the paddle and enjoy a day on the water. The fuel you use to have them up there is little pay for the joy you will have when that golden opportunity to use them comes along!
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:05 AM   #20
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Here's our set up.

The rack on the cab is from Thule.

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Thank you for the photo!


Does the cab roof rack clamp into the door opening or is it screwed/fastened to the cab? I'm concerned about installing screws there since the side airbags are contained in the area right above the side windows.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:52 AM   #21
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It clamps on, so we take the whole thing off when not in use, except the horizontal rails attached to the truck bed. Those are attached permanently and do not interfere with the tonneau cover we have.
We went with this set up since usually when we use the canoes we are also using the truck bed and want what's in it to remain covered. Anything else we came up with needed the tonneau cover to come off which would expose the truck bed to weather.
I gotta say that it was not a cheap set up, but it works very well, and enables 4 not-so-young and spry women to do Boundary Waters wilderness canoe trips by ourselves. We can even refuse the young men who offer to help load our canoes (although usually they only offer to load the Kevlar one!).


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Old 04-18-2014, 07:19 AM   #22
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I have always wanted to canoe in the boundary waters. We are planning to spend a lot of next summer in the north woods. Looks like a beautiful area.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:43 AM   #23
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BW is very beautiful, Shelly and Richard. It can also be treacherous to be in the wilderness like that, even if you are not very far in. We always go very prepared for every kind of weather. You can get day permits to go for just the day, or overnight paddle permits. My BGFs and I go in early August, and have hit 40 degree weather. We love it though. It is a very peaceful place! Chris and I used to take our church youth group in every year.


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Old 04-18-2014, 02:55 PM   #24
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:13 PM   #25
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I just installed a Rhino Rack to haul our 14' Tupperware canoe.
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Since my last post, I ran across this 52 year old Grumman canoe in our local Craigslist. Since I am partial to almost indestructible things, I decided to buy it. I'll pass it on to my daughters in a few years. I know it's not as slick and light weight as the newer canoes, but it suits me. It weighs a bit over 80 lbs. I can maneuver it, lift it, hoist it onto and carry it on my back, then load it pretty easily by myself.

I loaded it and strapped it on top of the truck by myself to bring it home, using the ratchet straps I already had. This week I bought a longer bow strap. I also made two straps that bolt to the fenders to connect the bow strap, in order to keep it off of my bug shield. I think I'm good to go. Any comment or suggestions toward tie down improvement would be appreciated!

I'm going to be crossing ND, MN, WI, and MI on US-2 as I travel west. Can anyone suggest some must see spots along the way? I would like to canoe at least a few times. But, canoeing will be limited calm water lakes, a few hours at a time, without any portage.
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A. W. Warn, here is some more Airstream/canoe eye candy for you!
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