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canoe/kayak rack options w/shell

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by whiskey101, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Jun 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    whiskey101

    whiskey101 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I got a double cab, short bed with ARE shell on the bed and the shell was a craigslist deal without a rack on top. I love to boat and I need to find a way to keep from having to haul boats on a trailer.

    Does anyone know if I can add a rack to the topper safely?

    What other options should I look at? I have been thinking about going custom fab. I have a stainless tube ladder rack that was made to fit an F150 that I might could cut down and make work, just not sure where to start.

    Thanks
     
  2. Nov 5, 2011 at 9:49 PM
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    Rocknroll

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    Whiskey101, What did you end up doing? I am looking into a set up to load canoe/kayaks as well.
     
  3. Nov 6, 2011 at 6:48 AM
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    whiskey101

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    I haven't done anything. I did learn that if I want to install a rack, it can get dicey. There are two layers of fiberglass with a soft foam between them and you have to make sure you put the bolts through at the right spot or you get leaks.

    I decided to just get some of the foam rooftop blocks for now.

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  4. Nov 6, 2011 at 6:52 AM
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    4.0L V6 DOHC 24V 236hp 5 Speed Auto trans Part Time 4x4 2 Speed Transfer case Auto LSD, 16" TRD wheels, VSC TRAC TPMS, TRD OFF-ROAD EXTRA VALUE PACKAGE.... OFF-ROAD TUNED Suspension, Bilstein Shocks... Locking Differential.. VSC + ATRAC , HAC, DAC, SKID PLATES TOW HOOKS POWER INVERTER,FOG LAMPS , WINDOW TINT, RUNNING BOARDS ROOF RACK DOOR SILL PROTECTORS hot plug for my cell phone... A R E camper shell
    This is what i did
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    I have kayaks this works good for me
     
  5. Nov 6, 2011 at 9:16 AM
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    whiskey101, If you have a rear tow hitch, here is an option, "Extend-A-Truck" for your application you would need both front and rear tow hitches and two of the extend-a-trucks. Yes, they make a front hitch. With front and rear hitches, you carry the kayak overhead, like ladder racks on your roof without touching your truck. You will see in photo what I am suggesting. Also "HarborFreight" has a less expensive version of the extend-a-truck ($55). If you have access to a welder, you can easily make your own out of 2x2 and 2-1/2 tubing.

    With one extend-a- truck you could carry your kayak half in the bed of your truck, half on the support arms.

    extend-a-truck.jpg
     
  6. Nov 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM
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    wolftree

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    whiskey101, If you have a rear tow hitch, here is an option, "Extend-A-Truck" for your application you would need both front and rear tow hitches and two of the extend-a-trucks. Yes, they make a front hitch. With front and rear hitches, you carry the kayak overhead, like ladder racks on your roof without touching your truck. You will see in photo what I am suggesting. Also "HarborFreight" has a less expensive version of the extend-a-truck ($55). If you have access to a welder, you can easily make your own out of 2X2 and 2-1/2 X 2-1/2 tubing.

    With one extend-a- truck you could carry your kayak half in the bed of your truck, half on the support arms.
     
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