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Old 04-11-2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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How do you carry your kayaks

I have a GMC Sierra crew cab and was wondering how campers with kayaks transport them, looked at roof racks and truck bed racks, but don't really want to give up using my bed cover, if you use roof racks what type do you use?

Thanks for any suggestions..
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I carry my kayak on roof racks on my toad. On a very windy bit of western Interstate, a trucker motioned me to pull over. The sun was blinding my rear camera, I pulled over and found the kayak was 30 out of alignment. This with two straps across the top and a third one through the windows of the car and over the top. That evening I stopped and got bolts to hold the kayak from moving from side to side by putting the bolts in the roof rack tracks. No problems after that.

We got stopped for invasive species checks in Idaho and Montana, they wanted to be sure the kayak wasn't carrying any hitchhikers to contaminate their lakes.

With a pick up you could add ladder racks on top of the cap to hold the kayaks, or roof racks on the cab.
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I carry mine rolled up on the basement

http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Big-Ba...ilpage_o00_s00

It's actually a good kayak for $325. My wife and daughter and I just used it this weekend. Had it a year and so far no problems
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Sea Kayaks or Whitewater? It depends on the length of the kayaks you are carrying. You can find ladder style racks that work with many bed covers. I have a diamondback bed cover and I just priced out a Yakima system (for bikes) that will work with it. I'm still trying to find a less expensive option though.

More options for a shorter whitewater boat or sit-on top. Does your bed cover support any sort of load? The diamondback cover I have is rated up to 1600lbs.

If you have a receiver on the back of your trailer, there are vertical mounts that you could use off of that. My trailer doesn't have one.

Ben at Rack Attack in Portland, Oregon might be a good resource.
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..but don't really want to give up using my bed cover...
We have the same issue. We've been looking at www.usracks.com They have racks that clamp securely into the the bed post holes. Our issue is that the truck has an 8' bed and our kayaks are 10 feet long. I called them and they said they could make a rack that used the front and middle post holes in our bed. We will probably take them up on that offer. I've only heard good things about the company and my dealings with them so far have been great.
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I have a GMC Sierra crew cab and was wondering how campers with kayaks transport them, looked at roof racks and truck bed racks, but don't really want to give up using my bed cover, if you use roof racks what type do you use?

Thanks for any suggestions..
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:09 PM   #7
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We have two 9.5' kayaks that go into the 6' bed of our truck, had no problem pulling the camper 100 miles last year to a campsite. I believe DH used ratchet straps to secure them. When we had the motorhome, a couple times we put them inside the coach while traveling. These were short trips under 500 miles to the campground traveled in one day.
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We use Yakima roof racks on our crew cab roof, for one soon to be two, ten foot kayaks.
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I have two Advanced Elements inflatable kayaks. One single one double. Best money I ever spent. Just throw the two duffle bags in the truck
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We have 2 sit in kayaks the longest is 10'4". we just flip back the tonto cover and strap them in the back of the truck. We leave the tailgate up so they dont bother the trailer at all.
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Be happy that you have a TT. There are lots of options for you. I have an 18' canoe and a 5th wheel. That sort of limits the choices.

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Without trying to sound negative or hijack this thread... but why are roof racks and kayak racks worth more than gold. They are just bits of bent metal but I don't get it. Why are they THAT expensive. Please don't tell me it's R&D because 99% have none.
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Without trying to sound negative or hijack this thread... but why are roof racks and kayak racks worth more than gold. They are just bits of bent metal but I don't get it. Why are they THAT expensive. Please don't tell me it's R&D because 99% have none.
If your vehicle has rain gutters, the Quick-N-Easy racks are fairloy inexpensive. You just add a couple of pieces of 2x4. Quick-N-Easy Car Top Racks - Set at nrs.com

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