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Can my roof rack carry a kayak?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by scshtx, May 19, 2017.

  1. May 19, 2017 at 10:22 AM
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    scshtx

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    Considering buying a kayak in the future and was wondering if the roof rack that came with my ARE shell could transport a kayak. Brand is nomadic, not sure what model. And if not, how much trouble would it be to remove and add something like a yakima rack?

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  2. May 19, 2017 at 10:37 AM
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    How are the rails mounted, i'm sure the racks could hold the weight, but the up draft from your kayak catching the wind might pull the rails off if they are not bolts with backing plates. I have a Thule rack on my shell and it held my RTT no problem.
     
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  3. May 19, 2017 at 11:02 AM
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    Not sure if this helps

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  4. May 19, 2017 at 11:17 AM
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    Just put your tailgate down and secure the kayak in the bed. That's how my son transports his.
     
  5. May 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
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    I'd rather not let a fully capable rack go to waste...
     
  6. May 19, 2017 at 11:25 AM
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    If it's fully capable why did you ask your question.
     
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  7. May 19, 2017 at 11:34 AM
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    So long as it doesn't exceed the racks weight limit and you can strap it down securely then I don't see why not...

    Also your thread title rhymed which compelled me to click on it for some reason
     
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  8. May 19, 2017 at 11:34 AM
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    If you didn't have an answer why did you even post in here?

    Looks capable to me, would just like some more insight. Even if it turns out that the rack is not able to fit my needs, I'd still purchase another rack that can rather than let the kayak hang out of the bed.
     
  9. May 19, 2017 at 11:44 AM
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    Look inside the shell, do you see screws, bolts, Etc.. sticking through the inside? It looks like it will hold the weight of a kayak, what are they 50-70ibs, but when it catches wind and pulls up could be a problem. Or run a line from the front bumper to the bow, and a line from the rear bumper to the stern to hold it down.
     
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  10. May 19, 2017 at 11:49 AM
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  11. May 19, 2017 at 11:49 AM
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    I would guess that would hold a kayak no problem but not sure where you would tie it down.
     
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  12. May 19, 2017 at 12:12 PM
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    Looks good
     
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    I had an Ocean Prowler 13' sit on top kayak that I would load on mine. It weighed 56# bare and it went up there just fine. I got tired of manhandling it because I'd go fishing by myself.

    It's easier with two people.....
     
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  14. May 19, 2017 at 12:18 PM
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    Any chance you know if the yakima saddles/rollers would fit on my rack or are they specifically made for yakima racks?
     
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    maybe add a roof rack for the truck as well for extra security and as well as another posted tie down to the front and rear bumper if possible
    id say yeah yes the racks will take the weight of the kayak the only issue is the up wind
     
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  17. May 19, 2017 at 12:22 PM
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  18. May 19, 2017 at 12:29 PM
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    Not your question, but here's how I carry mine. Nothing like being out on the water in a kayak!20170120_080035.jpg 0423160846.jpg
     
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  19. May 19, 2017 at 12:40 PM
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    The Yakima Deckhand and Handroll will fit pretty much any rack, including aero style like yours. If you wanna get fancy, the Showdown should also fit.

    You should be good to go. Just be sure to tie down the bow and stern while in transit.

    https://www.yakima.com/activity/boat?landing=1
     
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