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Old 01-20-2010, 10:51 AM   #1
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Kayaks in an airstream?

Are there any reasons why I shouldn't travel with my kayaks INSIDE my airstream?
I have a 1998 25' safari with twins. And I want to bring 2 14' long kayaks.
I think I can put them in through the emergency window in the rear. i think there will be just enough room to stack them in the hallway. I will wedge them in with blankets to prevent shifting during travel.
I understand getting them in and out will be difficult.
Anyone done this?
Any ideas.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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been there- done that

put the yaks on the tow vehicle, if you can.
then again, who cares what I think.
do whatever it takes to get on the water.
here's a pic I posted on the "Kayaks and Airstreams" thread.
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I havent done this with a kayak, but I have put my bike inside. The biggest downside is if you need to get in the camper before you get where you are going. Getting to the john, making lunch, who knows what else can become a big challenge. If you can get a roof rack I think you will be better off.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:31 PM   #4
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put the yaks on the tow vehicle, if you can.
then again, who cares what I think.
do whatever it takes to get on the water.
here's a pic I posted on the "Kayaks and Airstreams" thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ams-41426.html
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:35 PM   #5
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We are also kayakers and Airstreamers but have yet to combine the two.

I am thinking roof racks on the tow vehicle because it does not limit you to kayaking where you are camped. You can set up the trailer on a site and then drive to wherever the water is.

Also, I feel the comment above about accessing the trailer while on the road is very important; we do that all the time for bathroom and lunch.

As with everything, there are no right answers, just choices with pros and cons.

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Old 01-20-2010, 02:20 PM   #6
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We discussed storing our kayaks in the trailer for towing purposes, but we quickly decided that we didn't want to unpack the kayaks from the trailer at each destination.

We use a homemade rack in our tow vehicle. Only change to this photo for our current use: the rack is now painted black. Kayaks are 14' each. Truck has an 8' bed.
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:00 PM   #7
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It worked with a 22 ft '64 and two 11 ft yaks. Was able to stack them with polly V blocks between them and under the bottom one, straped togather, cockpit to cockpit with a zip-strap. Had to modify the ft window screen for a faster access. Only used it for longer stays at one specific spot. We found it more hassel than its worth for road trips with numerious overnight stays. Have to use extra care to remove sand & mud for transport. I use mine for fishing which can bring up the stinky issue. You notice all in the past tense. I just rack-em now, its easyer! I did see a fellow with a set of rachet strap slings in a F/S attached to eye hooks on his interior ceiling for a small canoe. He would draw it UP tight, seemed to work.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:07 PM   #8
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thanks for all the replies.
I think i am going to try it.
I am just going to go straight to the keys and then stay put for 6 weeks.
Maybe a rack for the truck in the future.
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