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Old 09-15-2019, 07:42 AM   #1
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Roof anchor points for kayak tiedown

I want to transport a hobie mirage kayak on the roof of my Holiday Rambler 35wds. Can anyone help me with how to set up anchor points for tie down?
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How will this affect your overall clearance height?
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Old 09-15-2019, 08:33 AM   #3
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I am not a fan of pocking holes in the roof but your MH should have 2" wide rafters in the sealing but finding them is another problem. Remember every hole you pock in the roof is another place for water to come in.
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I agree - there will be some type of rafters - possibly square tubular aluminum or steel, but I don't know how you'd locate them either.

How do you plan to get the kayak up there?
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I transported 2 Wilderness System Sea Kayaks on the roof of my Class C.

I was hesitant to install anchors and came up with a method that worked.

I made a set of 4 cradles using Styrofoam panels and canned insulation foam. They were sturdy enough to support the kayaks. I actually embedded rope in each to be able to secure the kayaks. I also made a spacer to keep them separated.

In the front I would run straps down the side of the motorhome and used the foam blocks used to transport a canoe on a vehicle roof, the blocks held the straps off the top corners of the Class C room. I installed a solid anchor at the bottom of the side directly below the front strap location.

In the rear I secured one side of the kayak to the roof ladder, this kept the kayaks from moving side to side. I also ran a strap down the back and tied it off to the trailer hitch.

I transported the kayaks from TN to FL, Maine, Wisconsin without a problem.


That being said I never considered trying it our current coach but strap them to the roof of the Jeep I tow.
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Won't be any taller than a.c. unit, so no increase
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Thought about straps all the way down the sides. They tend to buzz on the slipstream.
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A trick to keep them from buzzing is to put a couple twists in them. It will reduce the effect quite a bit.
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