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Old 08-07-2006, 05:55 PM   #1
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We are out looking for our first motorhome after years of tenting and a ford van.probably will end up with a class C or clas B like the Coachman Concord. we would love to find a way to carry our kayacks. in many years of camping the only kayacks i have seen on roofs seem to be on home made racks/ Does anyone know of a way to carry a couple of kayacks without damaging the roof or anyone that makes racks for an RV?
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Old 08-07-2006, 05:55 PM   #2
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We are out looking for our first motorhome after years of tenting and a ford van.probably will end up with a class C or clas B like the Coachman Concord. we would love to find a way to carry our kayacks. in many years of camping the only kayacks i have seen on roofs seem to be on home made racks/ Does anyone know of a way to carry a couple of kayacks without damaging the roof or anyone that makes racks for an RV?
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Old 08-10-2006, 07:49 PM   #3
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I seem to remember that yakama made racks for slide in campers. There has got to be something that will work on a C or B. You may be able to order one with a rack system. FYI my folks just got a brand new concord 27.5 and it doesn't have a ladder on the rear! All molded glass and big window. Scotty.
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Old 08-14-2006, 04:09 AM   #4
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thanks Scotty, I have been checking the literature and I believe that the Concord may not be built to hold a ladder as I do not even see it as an optio. That has us reconsidering the Lexington by Coachman.Did your folks get the gas or diesel engine, and feedback yet on performance?
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Old 08-14-2006, 10:28 AM   #5
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How long are your kayaks? I have seen a class A like ours with dual ladders side by side and three kayaks bungied horizontaly to the ladders.
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cavareno, my folks just got it a month ago and came up here (MA) from FL for a visit. They left today to head home . I will get the millage #'s from them when they get home. They got the gas one. I also have seen short kayaks mounted verticly on the ladder on some rigs. I am thinking of getting one (kayak) myself so let me know what you find out. Scotty.
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Old 08-17-2006, 05:24 PM   #7
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thanks again. look forward to hearing more about the lexingtons trip home.
Can not believe that so few people seem to travel with a canoe or kayak! there is nothing like discovering a beautiful bay or lake and having the ability to just stop and go for A ride across it.
Are we missing something here?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by AkTrek:
How long are your kayaks? I have seen a class A like ours with dual ladders side by side and three kayaks bungied horizontaly to the ladders.
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What the HECK would you need TWO ladders for?

I don't even have ONE!!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rebelsbeach:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by AkTrek:
How long are your kayaks? I have seen a class A like ours with dual ladders side by side and three kayaks bungied horizontaly to the ladders.
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What the HECK would you need TWO ladders for?

I don't even have ONE!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Two ladders to tie the kayaks too, what else
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:30 AM   #10
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on the subject of ladders, we are looking for our forst rv. one of the models we like does not come with a ladder. This seemed to turn me off to the vevicle since there is a lot of equipment on the roof and the possibility of putting a pod or small kyack up there. how important do people think a ladder is ?
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Don't let not having a ladder put you off on your dream RV. Almost all rv's can have a ladder attached for not too much money.A ladder can be usefull for a lot of reasons. Some bike and lawn chair racks are designed just for rv ladders. I'm not sure I would encourage much walking on some of todays rv roofs because of damage to the roof substrate and also because of safety issues..slip-go-boom-oowww!! That being said, on our previous rv with a steel roof, we used our ladder for vantage point photography, both landscape and wildlife. We've taken some wonderful Grizzly and Moose pictures from up there!
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cavareno my folks tell me they averaged 12 mpg for the whole trip! not bad for a gasser. Scotty.
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thanks a lot Fxrscotty, that helps to know. We have spoken to a lotof dealrs and in general find that they are poorly informed about their products and so it is hard to believe a lot of what they say especially when much of it contradicts hat some other dealer told us.
Also I have had a hard time fnding info from Lexington owners.so thanks again
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We have two 12' kayaks (that weigh 49lbs each) and even if I could have found a way to put racks on our class A and our high-top conversion van, there is no way I could have lifted the kayaks up high enough without ladders or freaking scaffolding. This being the case, I bought a used 4' x 6' utility trailer on eBay (under $200), u-bolted 3 pressure treated 2x2s (5' long) across the frame and zip-tied some strips of foam across the 2x2s. I added a few upright poles (from the plumbing section at Lowe's) down the center to keep the kayaks from rubbing against each other and just returned from a trip to Cedar Key, FL. The trailer worked great and the entire thing cost under $250.00
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