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Kayak hauling--Thule bed rack or cheaper options?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by OmahaJeff, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. Mar 26, 2019 at 11:10 AM
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    OmahaJeff

    OmahaJeff [OP] Well-Known Member

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    We will be traveling this summer with a small camper, bikes and 2 12-foot kayaks. I have Yakima carriers (universal fit) I previously used on the roof on my CRV but would like to go the bed rack option with the Tacoma. The kayaks weigh about 50 lbs each btw--no problems using OEM roof racks with previous vehicles.

    The Thule racks look awesome--saw a TON of them in Hawaii last week--but pricey ($1000 or so).

    I have my eye on this TracRac system--the price seems reasonable, looks like a quality product.

    https://www.amazon.com/TracRac-Trac...coma+bed+rack&qid=1553623666&s=gateway&sr=8-3

    Another option is to make my own with wood and plumbing pipe.

    Anybody have experience with these racks for kayaks and such?
     
  2. Mar 26, 2019 at 11:13 AM
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    jethro

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    I made one with all 1x3's I had laying around. It worked pretty good for years. Cheapest option would be to just throw them in the bed, I did that quite a bit.
     
  3. Mar 26, 2019 at 11:36 AM
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    I put the Rola ladder rack on my Access Cab and works very well for lumber and kayaks. A bit of a pain to install but worth the effort.
     
  4. Apr 7, 2019 at 8:05 PM
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    Is this a genuine Thule rack? This same rack on Thule's website is nearly $140 more expensive. I'm also looking for a Kayak rack and am curious to know if you end up going with this.
     
  5. Apr 7, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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    I'd say a hitch mounted bed extender but that wouldn't work with the trailer and bikes. A sports rack like you mention might be the best to get them up high for trailer clearance and room for bikes.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2019 at 8:33 PM
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    I'm going to do something like this eventually but with the bars wider and quickly removable. I haul dirt bikes, kayaks and mtn bikes on a tailgate pad. This gives options to haul different combinations of those.

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