Anybody have a recommendation for carrying a Kayak?
I just picked up my first Jeep, an 02 Wrangler. I will be towing it behind a motor home and my wife wants to take a kayak along on our first trip. It appears as if the hard top is not terribly strong and would require some mounts to be bolted thru the top to install a roof rack. Has anybody that has done this have any recommendations for a roof rack to hold one or two kayaks? Also has anybody just used foam pads to carry a kayak?
Thanks in advance for your replies.
07-14-2009 09:33 PM
Yes just use the foam pads
straps thru side windows and front and rear rope
or just do like I do and put in the jeep
07-14-2009 09:35 PM
I was gonna say something like: "lift with your knees" or something, but...
Check the turning radius with the jeep in tow and the boat loaded. It can seem to have enough clearance but may hit the corners of the RV when in a tight turn.
07-15-2009 07:30 AM
why dont you put them in or on top of the motorhome.
07-15-2009 09:42 AM
We just used foam pool noodles to carry a canoe on Amy's old Jeep. Worked pretty well.
07-15-2009 01:09 PM
The argument against using foam is that if you cinch too tight you risk deforming your boat. If you don't cinch tight enough, you risk other problems.
We finally got the Yakima specific brackets and love them. But it's on a WJ, so making the rack work wasn't an issue.
07-15-2009 06:08 PM
I looked at the Yakima, but the dealer was trying to sell me the style posts that mount to a rain gutter. There is no rain gutter on the hard top. If I could get my hands on some extruded alluminum rails I could bolt those to the top and then use the style post that would fit in the rails. Looks like I will make do with the foam pads untill I can find something better.
07-28-2009 11:32 PM
Noodles and Bungee Chords
I carry a 10 foot kayak on my Jeep all the time. I put two noodles underneath the kayak, and then I have three bungee chords that I wrap around the top of the kayak and pull through the window and connect to each other inside. I put two bungee chords through my kayak's front handle, and connect the other end of those bungees to the hood lift handle on the front. On the back end, I run two bungee chords, connected to the kayak handle, around the spare tire and connect them back around to the kayak handle. That system works well for me, and I've had no problem going 70 mph with the kayak on top.
07-28-2009 11:39 PM
Run the Jeep with the Kayak on it all the time. The hard top will handle the weight, you can pick up foam blocks that actually fit over the lip of the Kayak, then when you set it in the roof it sets on the blocks, then just strap it down.
07-29-2009 01:35 AM
check the yakima web site.i saw mounting brackets that mount to the roof.
That's a great set up.
You can haul the Kayak with the top off that way if you want to.
07-29-2009 11:19 AM
I have this (KargoMaster - Congo Cage Jeep Racks) on my 2002 Wrangler. I have Yakima bars mounted on it. It bolts on under your tail lights and the windshield hinges and holds up to 1700 pounds. It's a great product and I would recommend it.