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shoeless 11-15-2013 10:43 PM

Looking for canoe hauling options
As of earlier this year, I am the proud new owner of a 03 DC.
I dont plan on doing any wheeling. I just needed a truck to get me places my modded VW couldn't.
Like many of you, I enjoy getting outdoors. I climb, mt. bike, backpack/camp, and just sold my kayak for a canoe. I managed without a rack system over the summer, but looking to change that next year.
I originally thought about a shell but am not crazy about losing the ability to occasionally haul. Ive been looking at the Thule Xsporter system. Cant seem to find any pics on a 1st ten though.

So, tl;dr……show me how you haul. Mainly canoe but also bike and car camping gear. Shell with rack? Xsporter? Other options?
What Im working with:


Janster 11-15-2013 11:39 PM

I haven't done it on my truck yet....but I've researched the options.

For me...I'd buy a roof rack setup for the top of the cab.
I have a hitch....so, I'd probably get a rail setup that utilizes the hitch and telescopes high enough to support the kayak, This would allow you to have full usage of the bed..... (I have a tonneau cover)
Something like this:

But for now, I haven't needed to pull the plug on anything like this yet. I'm not sure I'll need it.

shoeless 11-15-2013 11:46 PM

Damn…..shouldve mentioned I have no hitch.
Thought about the roof rack option too though. Only really liked the OEM.

Thanks for the reply though!

Janster 11-15-2013 11:49 PM


Originally Posted by shoeless (Post 7715795)
Damn…..shouldve mentioned I have no hitch.
Thought about the roof rack option too though. Only really liked the OEM.

Thanks for the reply though!

Search Google images ... "Tacoma kayak rack" and you'll see a lot of different ways / rack setups / etc.

shoeless 11-15-2013 11:58 PM

Already have…various times. Looking for advice of what members have used.
Searched other related threads as well.

BDBSoCal 11-16-2013 12:13 AM

Shells can be taken off. With help. I did get the Thule tracks built into my shell in case I ever need to put something up there. The diagonal way you have the canoe mounted would give me the willies. I would want it horizontal.

You may want to talk to someone at REI, as they sell both rack systems (Yakima and Thule) and kayaks and canoes.

Frkypunk 11-16-2013 07:14 AM

This is my cheap alternative...these cost me 60 bucks off Craigslist. They have paid for themselves already. I am a carpenter and use them all the time. Might not be the look you are after but they are cheap and come off with eight bolts.http://i967.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps737600e5.jpg

offrdmania 11-16-2013 08:43 AM

Try a Backrack headache rack and ladder rack

TIPICOTACO 11-16-2013 08:54 AM

I have a cap and Thule system, but I also have a factory roof rack (Perry Craft) on my cab which could easily haul a canoe/kayak. Many guys have added a rack to the top of their cab by either drilling into the roof or utilizing the rain gutters, Thule/Yakima/Inno all make good products. If you are ok w/ drilling into your roof you could always find a roof rack in a junkyard and make it work, If not, check out Thule xsporter

Here's my setup:

BuddyS 11-16-2013 09:07 AM

Funny, I'm in the exact same boat (no pun intended). I just sold a modded vw and now have an access cab and want to carry my kayak around. My current thinking is either a hitch-mounted goalpost thing and a yakima bar on the rear of the cab, or maybe fab up some kind of rack to mount via the track/rails toward the end of the bed (mine is a second gen taco) and then the yakima bar at the front. My goal is to keep it simple and as light as possible so that it is easy to remove/store in the garage when not in use.

wenkev 01-21-2014 08:59 AM

I have a set of Thule Xsporter for sale.
Now $300

phs2dent 01-21-2014 12:10 PM

Transporting a canoe on vehicle without rack:
1. Place pieces of foam pipe insulation on gunwales of canoe
2. Flip canoe and place on roof of truck or car
3. Balance canoe to where it doesn't fall forward or backwards.
4. Tie down the canoe, front and back, with rope creating a triangle from the frame, to handle of the canoe, to the frame.
5. Use ratchet straps over the center of the canoe to keep it centered on the roof.

If everything is taught and tied properly (taught-line hitch) the canoe will stay in place at highway speeds with crosswinds. Until you get the hang of it, adjustments will need to be made to keep the canoe from moving around.

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