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Old 08-02-2006, 06:08 PM   #1
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I have a 93 Chieftain and was wondering if anyone has ever used the factory railing that surrounds the rear of the roof as a support base to add a rack that would support the transport of kayaks?

The 2 kayaks that I have a combined weight of approx. 100lbs.

Would anybody be able to tell me if the factory railing that is secured through the roof be strong enough to support this type of use.

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I have a 93 Chieftain and was wondering if anyone has ever used the factory railing that surrounds the rear of the roof as a support base to add a rack that would support the transport of kayaks?

The 2 kayaks that I have a combined weight of approx. 100lbs.

Would anybody be able to tell me if the factory railing that is secured through the roof be strong enough to support this type of use.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 08-03-2006, 01:19 AM   #3
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Bill, I would not trust it. I would be sure to secure the base to the roof joist under the roof sheeting. Good luck and be safe.
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I think the hight might be a problem too. Low bridges in New England there many with 13' clearance, I think that is a concern check hight with Kayaks just laid on roof.

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I do see this set up on the road once in awhile,but I would go with a rack on the toad.I mean loading and unloading looks like it would be a bear.
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A local sail and board club the meets here in the Tampa Bay area uses a vertical carrier that is mounted by the ladder on their Class A. They have a pocket at hitch height that they put the stern into and then up-end the kayaks and boards and strap them into place. Looks fairly easy when they load and off-load with everything easily reached from the ground.

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