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Old 08-17-2013   #1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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ideas for a rear mount rack for rv

Anyone out there have experience transporting a load of kayaks with their rv. Just got my first rv (1989 Holiday Rambler class A 30') and I'm trying to figure out how to stack the six kayaks I'll usually be taking with me. To be more accurate it will be mostly 5 with the sixth only occasional. I'd like to keep it off the roof if I can to avoid being too tall and to keep from putting too many more holes in an old roof. If anyone out there has a similar rig to show off or some materials to work with. I'm all ears. And thanks in advance for any advice.

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Old 08-18-2013   #2
Costa Mesa, California
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Get one of these and stack them rigging them to the Ladder that I am assuming you have going up the back of your RV.


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Old 08-18-2013   #3
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I've seen stuff like the one pictured with taller vertical sides like the Ski vans that would be self contained. You can stack them width wise too, if they are not much longer then the width of the rig.

Its nice to be able to strap them separately if they are your personal boats that tend to get used one at a time vs, group boats that go all on and off together.

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Old 08-18-2013   #4
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I should be more specific

There are a couple of things I would like to avoid concerning the rack. One thing would be obscuring the brake lights. The other would be using the hitch. The brake lights for obvious reasons, the hitch for my shuttle vehichle. Which is a small motorcycle. If I could mount the boats somehow off the back, keep the roof for the flat stuff and strap my bike to the hitch we would be totally self contained. Every time I go to a festival, or just a busy day on the river I see people with some pretty ingenious ways to get their crew and gear to the water. I know your out there, so lets see 'em.
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Old 08-18-2013   #5
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How about put the bike on the front of the vehicle? I've seen lots of RV's with hitch mounts on the front. Mainly at lakes when they are trying to put their boats in the water. Much easier to push them in then back them in with a big RV.
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Old 08-18-2013   #6
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if you can set up a tow car carry your boats on the toad. That's the way we do it. Try not to put any new holes in the roof. I assume that your roof is not a glass roof. If you do put your boats on the roof make sure you anchor into some of the roof support system. Good Luck

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