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Old 07-22-2018, 07:11 AM   #1
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Question Kayak Vertical on Ladder??

Has anyone found a way to safely haul a 10' kayak, weighing 45#, vertically on the ladder on the back of a 40' DP? We tow a Chev. Colorado with a small Cricket golf cart, so we have no other way to bring BOTH the kayak AND the golf cart. Any ideas? Suggestions?
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:18 AM   #2
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Ya know I was thinking about the same thing about hauling a kayak. A couple of problems. First, that 10 foot kayak is going to be 12 feet or higher once you secure it. Second, how do you transport it once you get to your destinations?

Why not just tie it down to the roof?
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:46 AM   #3
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Get a roof rack for your tow and secure it properly. If your truck isn’t big enough to haul your golf cart as well, either your truck is too small or you have too many toys.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:25 AM   #4
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Get a ladder rack for the truck- I had on on my ranger and now one on my F150. I put the motorcycle in the back and the kayaks on the ladder rack.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:27 AM   #5
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Best bet is get a roof rack for your toad. If the golf cart interferes or is hitting the kayak get a rack for the golf cart or figure out a way to get a folding windshield and/or fold down roof. Or perhaps turning the cart around in the bed of the truck. I don't agree with Luvlab you don't have to many toys, you just have to figure out how to get them to play well together.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:12 AM   #6
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So what did you decide to do? Any pictures of your set up? I too have a 9' kayak and am trying to figure out how to take it with us on our motorhome. We are not towing a car. Using a motorcycle instead so we don't have many options. Ladder was what I was looking at as well.
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One thing you might want to consider is getting an inflatable kayak. There are some really nice, durable inflatables. That way you don't have to worry about strapping it down to any vehicle. Just a thought.
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I don't remember who makes it but there is a company that makes a rack that installs into the hitch receiver. It carries two kayaks vertically. My friend modified it to also carry two mountain bikes.
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Has anyone found a way to safely haul a 10' kayak, weighing 45#, vertically on the ladder on the back of a 40' DP? We tow a Chev. Colorado with a small Cricket golf cart, so we have no other way to bring BOTH the kayak AND the golf cart. Any ideas? Suggestions?
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First off, if he gets back here, I wouldn't even think about it. Second, that Kayak maybe around 45 lbs. or so but, that's static weight. Once that thing get's BOUNCING and wanting to move in ANY direction, it will wreak havoc on those ladder mounts. Not to mention, what's already been mentioned that, it's gonna be seriously high and potentially close to over head obstructions maybe in some fuel stations, some not-so-cooperative regulation bridges and more.

As has been suggested, get something for the truck. A ladder rack, a rack on the golf cart, anything that will accommodate that kayak ON THE TOAD, not the coach. Your choice.
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Try this...

https://www.rvkayakracks.com/
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So I've had the same challenge, wanting to take along our two kayaks along with our two bikes.

So we have a Hollywood bike rack like the 1st and 2nd picture.

The top of the rack is the open 2" tube. I built a sort of 'cross' made of 1/8" matching steel tubing and welded flanges on the top cross section that two kayaks can 'hang' on. Well, I actually haven't finished it...working on getting the guts to rent a welder and try my hand at welding..but that's what I'm planning.

I did a mockup with wood and it worked great. The top of the kayak height is below the top of the air conditioner and the bottom is just above the level of the receiving hitch, so there should be no worries with the wind or the bottom scrapping.

Here's some pictures that should hopefully help. The whiteboard ones are conceptual and keep in mind I have zero artistic ability, so the one with the RV and kayaks in the back...is...laughable. But it gives you the idea of how it will look.

Oh, and to be clear, there is 13.5" between the RV and the inside of the bike rack vertical post and the kayaks are 11" deep (outside dim) so they shouldn't rub up against the RV.

And I'm not sure if it's clear, but when I but the two pieces of 2" steel tubing together, there is an insert that is bolted together to give it more strength. I am planning on also adding some 1/4" steel plating the same width as the tubing, on the outside, to give it more strength.

Of course..this 'plan' won't work if we ever decide to pull a dingy....sigh
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