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Old 02-06-2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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kayak transportation

hey all just wondering what some ideas you guys use to transport your kayaks are. right now all i do is strap it to the roof with tie downs, works decent for short distances but i wouldn't trust it on a long drive. ive hear people use pool noodles but any ideas with a soft top or no top on. post pics as well.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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You can do it two ways. My dad and I found a nice T bar that sticks into the hitch. We take the soft top off and lay the kayack on the roll bar with some nice pads on there. We let the back rest on that T bar. Then you gotta tie it down front, back and sides. The other way we did it was flip the seat up and slide the kayack in the tailgate. It sticks out far but our kayack isn't the biggest. It's about medium size (can't remember the length). You need to secure that really well though. And you need to find a good way to keep the tail gate from flopping around. I would not use a soft top when driving with a kayack on top. Sorry I don't have pics and it's winter now :/ without a hitch it's a little harder IMO

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Old 02-06-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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Without the top on, just rest the yak on the window channel and the rear roll bar/speaker bar. Tie it down just like if it was on a roof rack. Tie down the front and rear too and you should be just fine. done this plenty of times, works just fine.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:33 AM   #4
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And a pool noodle or small towel on window channel
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I just added a bar accross the rear (pre-fab bolt on) and it works great.


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Old 02-06-2012, 04:51 PM   #6
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I am thinking of making something like this Smittybilt Jeep XRC Light Bars, LOWEST PRICES on Smittybilt Jeep XRC Light Bars to rest my Sportspal Canoe on. Spacing the lights right and I could install 4 lights and the canoe fit over them. For the back I'm going to install a "T" bar from the 2" trailer hitch.

The other option is a direct bolt on "Congo" rack and addition of a cage too.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:17 PM   #7
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here's what I do , made it out of an old jon boat trailer
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:19 PM   #8
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here's what I do , made it out of an old jon boat trailer
I need me on of those!!!
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:26 PM   #9
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:05 PM   #10
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I just bought my kayak yesterday. A couple weeks ago, I bought a Kargo Master Congo Cage, not just for the kayak, but with that in mind. I got some pipe insulation from Home Depot to put on the cross bars to protect the yak.

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Old 02-17-2012, 07:10 PM   #11
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Here is my setup. Expedition Rack, holley rollers on the back and mako saddles on the front. Nice setup for sure.

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Old 04-19-2012, 02:45 PM   #12
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here's what I do , made it out of an old jon boat trailer
Nice trailer, is that a Hobie Quest?

I'm looking for something just like that!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:58 PM   #13
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My problem isn't so much in the transporting of a kayak, but in the storage at home.
The lack of has me looking at inflatables......... at least transport will be easy. lol
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here's what I do , made it out of an old jon boat trailer
I've got two of the Hobie Mirage Outfitter tandems. I trailer them too.

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My problem isn't so much in the transporting of a kayak, but in the storage at home.
The lack of has me looking at inflatables......... at least transport will be easy. lol

I say you put a kayak on the side of the bed where your girlfriend sleeps.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:33 PM   #16
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The yellow one is a hobie revolution and the other is an outback





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Nice trailer, is that a Hobie Quest?

I'm looking for something just like that!
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:31 PM   #17
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Kongo cage is awesome...love it. Plus it makes a great mobile hog hunting platform

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:16 AM   #18
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I just strap it to the top ive gone to a put in 1 1/2 hours away no problem
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:32 PM   #19
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dooyld- It looks like you have rod holders off the back. Do you have any pictures of how you set that up?
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Transportation and storage issues resolved.

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Old 08-03-2012, 02:29 PM   #21
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I've got the same question. Guys who strap it directly to the roll bars, do you tie it down to the roll bars too, or just the front and rear bumpers? What kind of padding do you use to protect the roll bars if any?
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:57 PM   #22
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here's what I do , made it out of an old jon boat trailer
Fun Trails sells a trailer with a bike rack, kayak rack and Thule carrier....lightweight perfect for traveling
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:26 PM   #23
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I made a rack to carry my whitewater boat for my sons Nissan Frontier What I done was use the 2" receiver hitch I had a piece if square 2" tubing go in the hitch then another piece was welded to go straight up untill it was higher than the tailgate by about 4" Then another piece was welded to go over the bed. Next two pieces of 1.25 x .75 welded cross ways to mount the kayak saddles on. Then I used 4 nylon tiedowns so it would not wobble in the wind. I plan to try the same thing with my TJ. It looks sort of like a scorpion with his tail over his back. Sorry I dont have a pic.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:34 PM   #24
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did my very own Roof Rack... looks beautiful... easy to put it on/off... secure... and i don't have to remove/damage my SpiderWebShade... what else can i ask..??

hate those ugly pipes all around my Jeep...

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:10 AM   #25
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Today I'm going to attempt for the first time to strap one of my kayaks to the top of my jeep. Got a hard top, so I'm going to pad it with pool noodles. The kayak is longer than my jeep I think, it'll be interesting.
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I've got the same question. Guys who strap it directly to the roll bars, do you tie it down to the roll bars too, or just the front and rear bumpers? What kind of padding do you use to protect the roll bars if any?
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Tie it to the roll bars and tie it to the front and rear. Trust me, its not going anywhere. I use a pool noodle on the windshield area to pdad the boat a bit. I recently drove a 6 hour round trip on the hwy with no issues at all.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:37 PM   #27
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Yakima makes cross bars that attach to your roll bars. With 58" cross bars and 2 sets of j cradles i can carry 2 old town otter kayaks and a 12 foot canoe in between them. The kayaks are only strapped to j cradles. The canoe i do tie to both bumpers and the cross bars
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #28
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Kongo cage is awesome...love it. Plus it makes a great mobile hog hunting platform
Let's see him try that in the kayak!!!
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:15 PM   #29
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Totally going to get a cage (thinking the Garvin) and putting rollers and saddles on this before I take long trips to the major spots I want to hit... woked fine for a few mile trip with one of the kayaks...
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:20 AM   #30
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Kongo cage is awesome...love it. Plus it makes a great mobile hog hunting platform
Do any of these cages work with both soft tops and hard tops?
We will be getting the dual top option...and we do kayak quite a bit...

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