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Old 09-24-2007, 05:30 AM   #29
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Are these bars made just for trucks or would it be possible to use one on our 4runner? Poodlenut

They will work on any truck with a front hitch, mine is made by Fulton Co. They come set up for a 1" tube but I changed mine to a 2" to fit the receiver. I just seen 2 of them sell on e-bay for around 50.00. I think you can get a front receiver for a 4runner, if not you can get someone to weld a receiver tube on the front of it.

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Old 09-24-2007, 08:12 AM   #30
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They will work on any truck with a front hitch, mine is made by Fulton Co. They come set up for a 1" tube but I changed mine to a 2" to fit the receiver. I just seen 2 of them sell on e-bay for around 50.00. I think you can get a front receiver for a 4runner, if not you can get someone to weld a receiver tube on the front of it.

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Just keep in mind that you will likely need to add straps/ropes/etc to help stabilize the bar. The receiver mounted T-mounts often have a bit of play in them.

Personally I prefer either the bed or roof mounted racks.

On my current truck I use a combination of Yakima bars mounted on the shell and a bar across the cab. With this combo we are able to carry our three sea kayaks (16.5', 18' & 22.5') while still pullling the Airstream.
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:45 AM   #31
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Cool thread

Here's our rig... includes bikes.
This setup (a Yakima roof rack) allows us to open the tonneau cover by releasing the back rope.

We've put about 5000 miles on this setup so far... no problems.
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:47 PM   #32
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Congrats on the first trip, karma on the way. Here is a shot of what was a fun combination. We don't own the Saturn anymore but Osena is still enjoyed.
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Fine boat, I have always wanted a stripper. I paddled a 14' solo stripper about a year ago it was a great experience. It paddled like a leaf. Wood boats are just so much more aesthetic than the plastic boats I own.

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Old 10-05-2007, 08:02 PM   #33
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Just keep in mind that you will likely need to add straps/ropes/etc to help stabilize the bar. The receiver mounted T-mounts often have a bit of play in them.

Personally I prefer either the bed or roof mounted racks.

On my current truck I use a combination of Yakima bars mounted on the shell and a bar across the cab. With this combo we are able to carry our three sea kayaks (16.5', 18' & 22.5') while still pullling the Airstream.

Thanks for calling my attention to this. I sometimes get in a hurry and I only had the one pic at the time to post. Anyone wanting to use a T bar should get a J pin anti rattle from Draw Tite hitches, they work great and you can lock them. When I put mine on it still moved a little because the vertical post is adjustable and bolted together so I welded a peice of pencil steel on the bottom of the horizontal bar and use ratchet straps, I have never had a canoe move carrying it this way.
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:25 PM   #34
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Our 'canoe' is a jon boat! Cost? I traded a 12 pack for the rack...
I do pull off the 15hp outboard before sliding it up the Aluminum ramp and onto the rack.
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:51 PM   #35
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Our 'canoe' is a jon boat! Cost? I traded a 12 pack for the rack...
I do pull off the 15hp outboard before sliding it up the Aluminum ramp and onto the rack.
Wow! That is a great deal on a very useful water craft. I would send Karma but it is apparent you don't need any after that deal.
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Wow! That is a great deal on a very useful water craft. I would send Karma but it is apparent you don't need any after that deal.
Thanks! BTW - cool wood work, I'll try to post some photos of a wooden strip built kayak I co-built.
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Thanks! BTW - cool wood work, I'll try to post some photos of a wooden strip built kayak I co-built.
Please do so. Always like to see other wooden water craft. Logs lashed together or ChrisCraft doesn't matter it is all interesting.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:22 PM   #38
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Thumbs up Great thread

We originally had the kayak/bikes set up on the cab of our Dodge 2500 with the Yakima Q towers and Q clips but it failed after a year--talk about a hairy ride getting off I-75 and onto back roads til we could figure it out... Solution we put kayaks/bikes on the fiberglass cap on the truck, much better as the tracks and towers hold better. Yakima was very cool about the problem and solution. We still like Yakima.

I would love to see wood kayaks, some folks in our local kayak club make them from kits, they are sweet!!
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Here is a shot of my Mad River Explorer RX 16. It really does fit well. I did not use foam blocks for frontal support. I drove for over 600 miles, it worked well.

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Since we're sharing, here's a picture of our set-up. It's a '96 Suburban, '69 Globetrotter, Old Town Discovery 174 and an Ocean Kayak something or other . . .

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The racks are Yakima and we use two tie downs on the bow of the canoe, one on the bow of the kayak and one each on the stern as well as straps across each and through the holes on the kayak. We've had them slip side ways once in some heavy cross winds that scored the coating off the cross bars where they clamp down to attach. (That was scary.)

Since our kids are getting older (and not camping with us as much) and we are getting older (and it's harder to lift that canoe over our heads to get it onto the Suburban), it's real tempting trade in the Old Town to get a pair of light weight singles.

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We've had them slip side ways once in some heavy cross winds that scored the coating off the cross bars where they clamp down to attach. (That was scary.)

Since our kids are getting older (and not camping with us as much) and we are getting older (and it's harder to lift that canoe over our heads to get it onto the Suburban), it's real tempting trade in the Old Town to get a pair of light weight singles.

Any recommendations?

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Hi Virginia

Did you see my earlier post about the Thule Hulivator. It makes loading a breeze and hold the craft securely. Use the link below to my kayak and you will see how loading is done. The unit has gas shocks built in that take the weight while loading and unloading.

The unit will most likely fit on your rails.
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