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Old 05-08-2019, 07:11 AM   #1
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Thought I’d share my solution to carrying two heavy kayaks.

We just returned to Durango from Key Largo, carrying our pair of Hobie Compass kayaks (about 80 lbs ea.)

I added one more Rhino Rack aero bar to my Undercover Ridgelander hinged hard tonneau system, with kayak mounts. With one bar on the cab roof, the kayaks were easier to load and handle than putting both on the roof. Wind noise was minimal and mpg dropped by less than 1 mpg (13.4 for the trip). Absolutely stable and secure in high winds. No movement issues between cab and bed on the RAM 1500.

My system takes only minutes to reconfigure for carrying bikes (mine a 60 lb. RAD ROVER e-bike, or the hardshell rooftop tent (Bigfoot) that the grandkids sleep in.

The only inconvenience lies in not being able to lift the tonneau with the load on top. I organize gear into Action Packers and push/pull them to the tailgate with a boathook.

The Art of Travel continues to evolve.

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Old 05-08-2019, 08:37 AM   #2
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Kayaks, Bikes etc....

Looks like a great solution. My congratulations for thinking outside the box.

I am glad I only carry one kayak and it only weighs 44 lbs. It may not look that high up but it is.

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Old 05-08-2019, 09:12 AM   #3
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Sea Kayaks on the Hullivators. Bikes on the Fiamama. I wouldn't know what to do without both sets of gear.

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Old 05-08-2019, 09:57 AM   #4
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Great phrase and thread!

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Old 05-08-2019, 10:02 AM   #5
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Using the factory rack...
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:10 AM   #6
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:28 AM   #7
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So, kayak folk — Don't have a kayak yet, but will some day, and want to take that into consideration when I replace my Suburban with another SUV or a truck.

If I go the truck route, I will definitely get a shell on the back. Should I get one that has roof racks built it?

I don't know how much of a load a truck shell can handle.
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:41 AM   #8
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Yes to the built-in roof racks! I have a 2017 Ford F350 with an A.R.E. Cap and it has the built-in slides/mounts. Makes it very easy to attach crossbars, etc. I do still need a crossbar over the cab since my canoe is 15’.
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:22 PM   #9
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Just another opinion. I have a Thule rack mounted on the truck. It works great. I have been from Michigan to Florida and the rack and kayak stay tight. Now it is high up. I open both windows and and stand on the window opening (with the doors closed) to install and tighten the straps.

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Old 05-18-2019, 07:52 PM   #10
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:36 AM   #11
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I use 4 Malone supports on my 4Runner's built in roof rack. We have a Jackson Big Tuna, 13' long, 93 lbs., tandem seating. I carry a small 2-step ladder to help me get it off the roof. I use padding across the back of the roof so the kayak will slide. Bike(s) ride inside.
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:58 AM   #12
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I bought this Xtend & Climb ladder last year and use it for my canoe and I also occasionally use a Thule cargo box on top. It’s not cheap, but worth it’s weight in gold... I keep a beach towel handy to put between the ladder and my truck cap to protect it.

https://www.amazon.com/Xtend-Climb-C...92&s=hi&sr=1-1
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:36 PM   #13
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Kayak alternative

My good friend, who is a Kayak nut and has some fairly expensive kayaks, recently bought a "Sea Eagle" inflatable kayak. I do not know which model he bought, they have several different kayaks and boats, but he LOVES it. These are not inexpensive. His was north of $1k. Weighs less than 50 lbs, inflates in just a few minutes, and he says it performs very well. Big plus is that it deflates easily and has a real decent carry bag.

I am not a Kayaker, I prefer boats with lots of HP! However, this may work for someone out there that can not take a hard Kayak with them. Check out "Sea Eagle". Happy Kayaking!
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:25 PM   #14
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That looks very interesting...aren't you way over the payload on your RAM with those kayaks and gear? I know my kayaks only weighed 40lbs each when I purchased and had my F150, but I found out I was also overloaded on several trips and didn't even know it. I now have a 3/4T so not an issue anymore. What does your payload say on your RAM door sticker, if you will share?

Love to kayak by the way...the picture on the bottom of this post was taken on the Clark Fork just North of Missoula MT...we went on a ladies 3 day kayaking excursion....17 miles one day. Lots of fun on the water with the AS along for sleep!
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