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Old 09-07-2016   #1
 
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I'd like to know what vehicle kayak racks and transport techniques people prefer. Anything beyond the standard Yakima/Thule setups people have come up with? Gear takes more abuse getting to the river than on the water oftentimes and I'd love to know what creative means folks have come up with. Trailer hitch racks, many boats setups, long haul/permanent setups, ...?


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I use the longest Thule cross bars available. Then stick a stacker bar in the middle and wrap the cross bars in the thickest foam pool noodles I can find.

Lately I have seen several dirtbag vehicles with lodgepole pine cross bars tied to their factory roof racks with cam straps.... seems like it works.
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Went with a ladder rack that mounts to my topper, been happy with it and feel it is better and more versatile than the Thule I had previously.
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I'd like to know what vehicle kayak racks and transport techniques people prefer. Anything beyond the standard Yakima/Thule setups people have come up with? Gear takes more abuse getting to the river than on the water oftentimes and I'd love to know what creative means folks have come up with. Trailer hitch racks, many boats setups, long haul/permanent setups, ...?


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Old 09-07-2016   #5
 
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That old tread is pure gold. I'd love some rack schemes that protect the boats well. Bonus points available for extreme long distance transport (driving to Alaska say), and minimal wind resistance. I used to have a ladder rack, am currently running Yakima bars w a stacker, but even with padding both out my boats get beat (bent) pretty hard. Looking to save the abuse for the boofs...


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You can go the custom route and be only limited by your imagination and check book. I like having beefy metal on top versus yakima rails screwed into the topper. I know people don't have issues but I'll feel better going 80mph with 5+ kayaks on top.
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I have seen that same camper shell roll cage set up but with flip out bars near the bed rail. Then a kayak was strapped right to the side of the camper shell. It was cool for short carries were you didn't want to get up on top of the shell.
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I used to have a ladder rack, am currently running Yakima bars w a stacker, but even with padding both out my boats get beat (bent) pretty hard. Looking to save the abuse for the boofs...
If you are having trouble with oil canning just mount your boats on their side. I went to this a few years ago and haven't had oil canning issues since....
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Out of everything that I have seen people use. The best and most efficient is an older white water rafting frame, it has the most hookups the most durability and is the cheapest way to get an all-around awesome roof rack to hold anything.
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Old 09-08-2016   #10
 
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More specifically, my setup is padded crossbars and stacker and I do rig boats on their side. For an extended road trip that could last weeks and cover a few thousand miles, my boats show a fair bit of wear from transport. My current setup, which many use, is quick, & convenient and perhaps doesn't need improving upon. If anyone has addressed the boat abuse issue with success I'd love to hear how. Any other creative DIY kayak racks are great to see too. Thanks for the responses so far, that custom rack looks amazing!


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