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Old 03-28-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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How do you carry your kayaks with you?

Any ideas or suggestions that don't include placing it on the luggage rack or roof of the toad are wanted... Any pics? Thanks!
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We purchased an inflatable kayak and carry it in the toad.
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We purchased an inflatable kayak and carry it in the toad.
That's cheating!!!
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Inflatable kayak is the way to go. I have a 2 person one that carries 350 lbs, weighs about 28 lbs, folds up into a bag 7" x 19" x 35". If I have to travel to a portage I just bungy it to the SUVs roof. More maneuverable than a hard shell kayak. It has a 1" keel along the bottom and a 4" fin at the back. I real plus is when paddling alone I can lay down in it and relax. Kayak pic relaxing

I bought a Advance Elements kayak online for $399 including two aluminum (2-piece) paddles delivered. I have now owned it going on 6 years and it was the best money ever spent. Blowing it up takes about 3 minutes with a small Coleman electric pump. It is very durable....I have run over many river rocks, twigs....They have a outer rubber-like fabric which is separate from the two air chambers. If you go inflatable, just look for one that has a stiffer seat, that supports your back. Coleman used to sell a cheaper model for about $150 that only had pads for seats. Here are few more pictures:

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Kent Pond (Rutland VT.)

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Laurel Hill SW. PA.
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I have seen them strapped to the ladder on the back of the coach.
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I will confess to pulling my kayak trailer behind my toad
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The Advanced Element inflatables come with a heavy-duty zipper bag. Just toss it in the back of the SUV or RV...The only maintenance is I take out the inner air chamber from the outer cover at the end of the season and give it a good cleaning and let it dry overnight.

Cost was $299 ( 2007 price) for the kayak and $50 each for the paddles. Purchased online from Austin Canoe & Kayak with free shipping.
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That is a tough one, StevieG. We bought our MH a year ago and didn't bring the kayaks with all last summer because we couldn't figure it out. Searched the internet for good ideas. DH gave up now and built his own roof rack that will actually haul four. I'll be interested to see if anyone has any better ideas.
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Does your rack go on the toad, and if so, what make is the toad ?
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If you look on my profile pic to the left, you can barely see that I have a davit on the bow of my boat. The davit lifts a 12 ft hard bottom (RIB) dink with a 20 hp merc outboard out of a cradle over the railing and into the water. It works great and the davit does all the lifting! Not a cheap accessory, but worth it's weight in gold! I wonder why they don't make them for coaches... unless they do and I don't know about it... The arm almost lays on the deck and is no higher than the AC... so it's not a height issue... Now that would be the set up!
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Does your rack go on the toad, and if so, what make is the toad ?
He made a rack for our Jeep Wrangler. The racks pivot on the back bracket. An extension handle fits into the front end to lift the rack and pivot 180 degrees to the back, sets on the ground for loading and unloading. The custom-made bumpers have 1 1/4" receiver tubes built into each corner of the bumpers that hold the rack.
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Wow!
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I just saw that Camping World has a two person kayak that comes apart so that you can carry it in 3 pieces, although that would take up valuable cargo space. You can leave the center piece out for a one person version. I have not seen one yet and don't know how good thay are, but looked interesting. I will probably look into the inflatable type, just because of the storage issue.
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Seaeagle.com also makes a good inflatable kayak.
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