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How to haul long kayak

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by switchbackjr., Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Jan 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM
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    switchbackjr.

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    I have a 08 double cab long bed...I am wonder how y'all haul your long kayaks around (I have a ride 135..it's 13'6")...I have a yakima outdoorsman 300 from my previous truck and was thinking of drilling a hole in the bed rail system as I have seen done on here but would like to get y'alls opinion on the matter...thanks for your time and consideration
     
  2. Jan 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM
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    I bought a flat baja rack to transport my 12' paddleboard. I had the bag manufacturer make pads for me so it doesn't get dinged up.
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. Jan 31, 2014 at 5:29 AM
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    Thanks for the idea...I was thinking more along the lines of a bed rack of some sort...I don't have a roof rack on it now as it did not come with one from factory...I kinda want to stay away from messing with the cab if possible...any one else?
     
  4. Jan 31, 2014 at 5:32 AM
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    I bought a trailer and put racks on the top of it. I always end up taking camping stuff and fishing stuff with me. I have a toolbox in the bed and a short bed to boot. So not a lot of room.
    I also use the trailer to haul a lot of other stuff.
     
  5. Jan 31, 2014 at 6:56 AM
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    moondeath

    moondeath The answer to divorce...... Tequila!

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    I have a 12' kayak and just put it in the bed with the tailgate down. Strap across the top and strap the front handle on the yak to where the chain would hook to the tow package.
     
  6. Jan 31, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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  7. Jan 31, 2014 at 7:13 AM
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    robssol

    robssol If it ain't broke, leave it the eff alone!

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    This is how I've always hauled longer kayaks. For shorter ones check my avatar:D
     
  8. Jan 31, 2014 at 7:17 AM
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    Thanks for the replies...I have a set of blocks I used on the factory rack of my old truck...Are yall talking about straping it by the tow hooks front and back?...anyone have pics of mods for a yakima outdoorsman 300 bed rack for the bed rail system on 2nd gen tacomas?
     
  9. Jan 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM
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    I have a double cab and had a factory roof rack installed just for this purpose. In addition, I use the Yakima SoulPad on the crossbars of the factory rack. These pad are very dense so you can tension down quite a bit. I've carried a 14 foot Ocean Kayak that weighs 45 pounds. Fortunately I only have to travel a couple miles. But additional tie downs on the fore and aft of the boat would make this system freeway worthy.

    I think the factory rack investment is worth it. The design is nice, and when not in use, the stow away crossbars reduces the wind noise considerably.
     
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  10. Jan 31, 2014 at 7:28 AM
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    I had to do this once... BAD idea. one 11ft kayak and 2 13 ft kayaks. All were Hobies so about $6K worth of kayaks in the back.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Jan 31, 2014 at 7:30 AM
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    Yes, except the trailer hitch in the back for me... they must be good and tight knots. The triangle formed by both tow hooks keeps it from wanting to move side to side much.

    I drove 9 hrs on the highway with my 14.5' yak like this and it didn't budge. I use a trucker's hitch to cinch it down.
     
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    In my last Yota I built a rack to go in the bed out of 2x4's. Worked real slick. Like a contractor rack that instead of sitting on the bed rails, it sat inside the bed.
     
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    I know it's a crappy pic, but I haul my 16' buffalo canoe on my rack me and a buddy built.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Jan 31, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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    This to go down to the coast:
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    or

    this to go down the street to the lake:
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    Search Tracrac on here or go to the official kayak thread.

    I never trust roof racks on a Tacoma for long stuff.
     
  18. Jan 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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    Tracrac FTW.

    My 12' and another 10' on my rac. Several on the trailer.
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  19. Jan 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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    I use the OEM roof rack with foam blocks attached to the cross members with velcro straps. THen strap it all down to the anchor points on the rack rails. For short, local trips that's all I need. For more stability on the freeway I shift it back and add an additional support I built from 2x2s in the bed (pictured). It also doubles as a loading ramp to get it on the roof by myself (its a bit heavy). my yak is 17 feet. More pics on my profile page

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Jan 31, 2014 at 8:02 PM
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    I think I've built the same design, CLC boats? chesapeake 17? Looks great! Good idea with the bed support.
     

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