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Old 11-26-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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Question To carry a canoe atop a rag top

I am interested in carrying a canoe on the top of my Jeep. And, yes it's a clothy. I am thinking of a frame to sit the canoe on or a combo of the hitch/frame to carry the load. Pulling a trailer is out as I have plans to tow a small camper/popup. I even have a friend that carried his piroe on top his camp trailer. Any good ideas will be considered and even build or bought.
I already have one of the "T" bars to hold one end of the vessel. I guess I can get another one for the other end... but a nice frame could hold something else eh? lol thanks' ahead for any and all input.

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Old 11-26-2013, 08:39 AM   #2
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Lange makes a rack that is suitable for kayaks up to 150 pounds, possibly limited to weight strain on the spare tire since the T-bar at the rear is strapped to the tire rather than connected to a hitch receiver. But using their design concept of having a horizontal bar connected to the a-pillars similar to a light bar and then modifying a hitch receiver extension with a vertical T-bar could possibly work. Keep in mind that any weight from the canoe on the T-bar needs to be factored into the tongue weight from the camper/pop-up. Also to reduce possible movement of the T-bar, it would be best to at least use a strap to connect it to the spare tire.

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Old 11-26-2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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Maybe a dumb question....just remember what we did when we pulled camper/ pop-up...since you are gonna have trailer, why not carry canoe on top of it? doesn't need to be lifted as high, and if "too long" hang a red flag on the end....in theory you should be able to push it forward almost even with your hitch.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:39 AM   #5
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I am interested in carrying a canoe on the top of my Jeep. And, yes it's a clothy. I am thinking of a frame to sit the canoe on or a combo of the hitch/frame to carry the load. Pulling a trailer is out as I have plans to tow a small camper/popup. I even have a friend that carried his piroe on top his camp trailer. Any good ideas will be considered and even build or bought.
I already have one of the "T" bars to hold one end of the vessel. I guess I can get another one for the other end... but a nice frame could hold something else eh? lol thanks' ahead for any and all input.
Here is a page full of different Roof Racks. Some of them are a little pricey and will hold way more weight than you're looking to handle, but they'll at least give you some ideas.

You might be able to get away with the "T" bar on the back and resting the the canoe on the top of the windshield frame (with some padding).

Just a few ideas for you. Let us know what you decide to do and if you have any other questions!

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Old 11-26-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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I'm surprised more people don't put racks on their pull-behind campers and pop-ups, actually.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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One reason to avoid the canoe on the popup is what to do with canoe once I find a camp spot? That would work in many state parks that have sites next to water, but that is limited. Wonderful suggestions all!
I will investigate all options and report back when I commit to one.
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One reason to avoid the canoe on the popup is what to do with canoe once I find a camp spot? That would work in many state parks that have sites next to water, but that is limited. Wonderful suggestions all!
I will investigate all options and report back when I commit to one.
We used to just put canoe behind camper......if you mean the hauling it question....drop the top and tie to roll bars...I would show a pic but all my files are too big....
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Another option for the open top transport would be Olympic 4x4s Quick & Easy Rack. With this set-up you don't put any weight/strain on the windshield frame. This rack does require the removal of the soft top surrounds in order to bolt down. Yes, I realize it looks like I'm trying to send business to Quadratec, but its just a simple matter of their site having the easiest accessible info and photos.

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Old 11-26-2013, 06:36 PM   #10
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Heres another pretty cool option. I think I could make this thing out of any old ski rack found on CL.

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Old 11-27-2013, 10:51 PM   #11
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I posted a similar question a few months ago, I think it was kayak on a soft top. Best suggestion I got was to just fold the top down and set it on the roll bars.
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I hauled with my TJ, I would just take the soft top down, I hit rain once, canoe did a good job of keeping some of the rain out. So you can do it.

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