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Old 06-25-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Kayak transport

Has anyone had any experience carrying a kayak on the roof of their AS? We tow a '05 31D with a Silverado 2500 HD diesel. We normally carry two kayaks and a Thule roof box on the roof of the Silverado.

We've acquired a third kayak. How to transport it from Maine to Florida? Is there a rack that works on the roof of the Airstream?

Any advice appreciated, doubly so if you've had experience!

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Old 08-02-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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Hi Art,

did you ever solve this problem? We have a similar set up and kayak need.

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Old 08-02-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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Not an answer, but... on our F350 I bought a canoe/kayak/ladder rack from US Rack. Works great. I have hauled our 16 ft canoe and 2 kayaks with no problem.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #4
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Has anyone had any experience carrying a kayak on the roof of their AS? We tow a '05 31D with a Silverado 2500 HD diesel. We normally carry two kayaks and a Thule roof box on the roof of the Silverado.

We've acquired a third kayak. How to transport it from Maine to Florida? Is there a rack that works on the roof of the Airstream?

Any advice appreciated, doubly so if you've had experience!

Thanks,

Art Wester
With a "J" adapter or two...you should be able to continue carrying on the roof of your truck.
We carry 2 tandems and a portabote up top with saddles, "J" racks would be even better;
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:54 PM   #5
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With a "J" adapter or two...you should be able to continue carrying on the roof of your truck.
We carry 2 tandems and a portabote up top with saddles, "J" racks would be even better;
Hi and thanks for the reply. I do have j racks and a son who works for Thule. I can mount four kayaks under normal situations, but I am using a roof top luggage box that takes more space than four boats. I was hoping someone had a way to put a kayak on the AS roof.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:57 PM   #6
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Hi Art,

did you ever solve this problem? We have a similar set up and kayak need.

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Hi, sorry but no solution yet.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:27 PM   #7
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Would one fit inside the AS somehow?
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:27 AM   #8
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Would one fit inside the AS somehow?
The smallest kayak is 14', too big to get in. My last solution was to open the couch and put the roof top luggage box inside. It worked but not conveniently. Our trip from Maine to Florida takes a month, lots of visits as we head home. We use the space behind and under the couch to full advantage, meaning it is stuffed to the gills.

I was fantasizing about an easy solution " xyz makes a kayak rack that bolts to the roof ". It seems that there is lots of stuff available for pop tops, but so far none seem adaptable or even fit my AS without a lot of modification.
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Trade in two Kayaks for a Tandem ?
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:25 AM   #10
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Trade in two Kayaks for a Tandem ?
We had a tandem, Sue was not fond of it so we gave it to a relative. We've been successful tandem bike riders for many years so I thought a tandem kayak was a natural. Nope!
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My wife and I cannot handle a normal tandem kayak. She has no rythym and disrupts my paddle strokes.....

So the solution for us will be to get the three seater kit from Pygmy Kayaks (or Chesapeake Light Craft) and build a wooden hull. The three seater will allow her to sit up front and paddle as she sees fit and I can sit in the rear cockpit and paddle to my natural stroke. No paddle banging or anything..... Just have to find the space for the build!

Anyway, look up the three seater at Pygmy Boats. They are beautiful. As are Chesapeake Light Craft's.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:04 PM   #12
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install truck canopy

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With a "J" adapter or two...you should be able to continue carrying on the roof of your truck.
We carry 2 tandems and a portabote up top with saddles, "J" racks would be even better;
Why not install a truck canopy and carry your supplies inside out of the weather.The Lear metal canopy is bullet proof. You really do not want to carry on top of your Airstream for the same reasons you shouldn't use the Adco covers.The top is not engineered to carry weight or shear forces from an elevated kayak.
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