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Old 09-19-2007, 09:41 PM   #15
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Rodney;
I think you need to take a road trip one state west, meet up with Royce and make an "exchange". At least check out his web site to get the drool flowing!!
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:53 PM   #16
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I think you need to take a road trip one state west, meet up with Royce and make an "exchange". At least check out his web site to get the drool flowing!!
Thanks DG, I can live for a week on a compliment like that.
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Old 09-19-2007, 10:08 PM   #17
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Rodney;
I think you need to take a road trip one state west, meet up with Royce and make an "exchange". At least check out his web site to get the drool flowing!!
I dont even want to know what works of art like that cost. It would just make me sad.
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:52 PM   #18
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DG isn't the only one who has drooled over those canoes, he's just a little more open about it...
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:06 AM   #19
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I was quite concerned about my first trip with my kayak in that the kayak was mounted well off center on a Thule Hulavator rack. The picture shows what looks like good clearance but when turning to the right I have less than 3 ins. clearance.

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Old 09-20-2007, 09:32 AM   #20
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I was quite concerned about my first trip with my kayak in that the kayak was mounted well off center on a Thule Hulavator rack. The picture shows what looks like good clearance but when turning to the right I have less than 3 ins. clearance.

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How is that Hullavator rack working? I have been curious about it.

PS. That is one absolutely beautiful kayak on your website. Kudos.
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:36 AM   #21
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With a crew cab truck you can just use 2 Thule load bars...no extensions needed. My 17' canoe and 16' kayaks only reach about 1/2 way over the bed. The rest is hanging over the hood. I like this as I can keep an eye on them while driving. This setup also allows for good head room while standing in the bed. I carry 2 boats on the roof, 3 bikes in the bed along with firewood, etc. If you have a long enough cab there is no need for the extension. Seems to me this would juts get in the way. Thule racks are also easily removable, truck racks (like the Trac-Rak system) are not really intended for easy on/off. I wanted something I can remove in the winter or anytime. Allows me to visit the car wash occasionaly! Also Thule allows for lots of different fixtures...

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Old 09-20-2007, 10:15 AM   #22
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I was quite concerned about my first trip with my kayak in that the kayak was mounted well off center on a Thule Hulavator rack. The picture shows what looks like good clearance but when turning to the right I have less than 3 ins. clearance.

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That is one pretty kayak! Great job, I like the inlay. It would not look good stuck through the front of the A/S.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:43 AM   #23
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How is that Hullavator rack working? I have been curious about it.
Thanks for the comments.
The Hulavator is Great. The kayak weighs 60 lbs. and my wife and I can load it at chect high with no trouble. It uses gas assisted shocks as a lift aid.
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Old 09-20-2007, 02:06 PM   #24
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We carry 2 10' Perception Prodigy 10 rec kayaks on the van using Thule Hydro Slide and Set to Go saddles mounted to standard our ladder racks. I had to use longer carrage bolts top get the Thule parts to fit the 2x2.5 square tubes, but it works like a champ. I carry a small 3 step ladder to make the tie-down process a bit easier. One mod I made was to add some 5/16" eye bolts to the racks for bow/stern tie downs. Instead of using the bow and stern toggles, I installed some small fairleads on the bow and stern of the boats for the tie down lines.
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Old 09-20-2007, 11:32 PM   #25
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Well - on the burb I have thule bars, just carry the ocean 2 tandem upside down. The CLC 14 that I built is carried right side uo on a custom rack I also built.
I load both on the burb with about a foot of overhang aft.
What I did do for the front bow tie down was to cut off about 6 inches of my tie down webbing and doubled it over. This is fastened under the hood using an existing bolt that attaches the radiator mount to the inner fender well. So when it's not in use it rides under the hood, when I need it just open the hood and put the webbing between the fender and hood crack. Then attach the bow painter.
Getting the tandem loaded is another story, at 60 lbs the top of the burb is almost as tall as the empire building- but it unloads fast.
pics of the CLC 14 are on the "need some paint advise" thread.
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:39 AM   #26
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Nice setup!

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Last weekend was the maiden voyage with my 17' canoe. I was a little concerned but it worked perfectly. Even in sharp turns backing into the campsite, the canoe never got close to the nose of the AS.
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Here's our TV with a single 12' Pungo Kayak mounted on the OEM luggage rack. It rode well thru the strong winds in the Columbia Gorge. Just a couple of nylon straps to cinch it down. I'm sure you get just as severe winds in your country as well. My next project is to buy a tandem kayak, which will be in the 16-18' range and mount it on the roof also. We'll have to have a fore and aft nylon rope. We have the same Equalizer set-up as well.
BTW...... I think you're supposed to cross your chains from the AS to the TV....it doesn't appear that you've done that in your photo. Supposedly it's agin the law on the west coast.....don't know about your area.
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Old 09-22-2007, 11:15 AM   #27
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Hello Ty, We have a swivel T-bar on the front of our truck, it makes it easy for one person to load and unload, draw back is you can only carry one canoe. We now have a 17 ft. Old Town Penaboscot, really like that canoe.


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Are these bars made just for trucks or would it be possible to use one on our 4runner? Poodlenut
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Old 09-23-2007, 12:27 AM   #28
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Long kayaks too

Poodlenut,
Your 4Runner needs a front receiver for most T Bars. You should be able to get something to work.
We use a Yakima system to carry boats/bikes/basket with a range of options.
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