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canoe tie down with out a rack

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by boghobo, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Apr 8, 2011 at 6:18 AM
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    boghobo

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    On my old ford truck I used to rest my 12 foot canoe up on a diagonal with the bow resting on the cab and the stern resting on the tailgate (tailgate up). I would put foam pads under the gunnles then strap it down tight. Never had a prob even at high speeds for extended periods.

    With the summer season only a few moons away, I am thinking about doing the same on my new 2011 reg cab Taco, but am hesitant. I bought the extra pair of D ring tie downs and am considering installing them in the front of the bed where the factory recommends but it worries me to put all that torc to the plastic bed. I would also throw some straps to the tie down cleats and maybe if I have enough rope left tie the bow.

    any thought out there on the strength of the d rings mounted where the factory recommends?

    Thanks, Boghobo
     
  2. Apr 8, 2011 at 6:32 AM
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    AndrewFalk

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    You can add extra d-rings up front using the bolts that attach the bed to the frame. These are very strong and you'll have no issues holding that canoe. You could even add the d-rings with the backing plate anywhere in the bed, and I'm sure they will also be strong enough. The composite material is tougher than people think.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2011 at 7:11 AM
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    Danosabre

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    I have the D-rings in mine and have tied down the wifes motorcycle ( Shadow 750) with no problems at all.
     
  4. Apr 8, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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    I thinking about what to do too. I wonder if I can just tie into bed with gate open and put a red flag on the end sticking out into traffic.
     
  5. Apr 8, 2011 at 10:08 PM
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    boghobo

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    Will post pic of tie down on first run down the river!
     
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