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Old 05-06-2019   #1
 
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Transporting rafting gear with a pickup

I have a 16' NRS oar rig. I don't have a trailer or a place to store one, and have always transported the oar frame and oars strapped to the luggage rack of my Ford Expedition. Unfortunately, that vehicle needs a new engine and I am considering replacing it with a short bed crew cab pickup, possibly an F-150. I'm having a hard time figuring out how I'll be able to haul the frame and oars. It seems like a topper may be an option. What do other people do?

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Here is my solution. I built this for less than $50 on a Saturday. Oars on top, frame on top of oars. With the lock box for small stuff and chains to secure the big stuff in back from being lifted out, very secure. This rack is about 6 years old and still going strong.


I would suggest the long bed crew cab and key pad entry for shuttles.
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I run a topper with a rack, works well.

On my last truck, without a topper, my father in law built a rack for me to haul 12' kayaks. Basically it had 4 posts with crossbars that were just above the height of the roof of the truck. You could build your own or look at those racks either Tule or Yakima make.
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Just put it in the ship! Do donít need to spend a bunch of money on racks and systems but it does make life easier.


Speaking of easy why does the photo uploaded rotate images and not allow you to rotate it back?
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Old 05-06-2019   #5
 
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I used to have a tri-fold hard tonneau cover. Frame and oars on top of cover, all gear and rolled boat underneath. I've since gone trailer and will never go back.
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Old 05-06-2019   #6
 
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Roll boat and place in truck bed pushed up to back window, put dry box and cooler also in the bed and leave tailgate down strap frame on the truck and strap oars to frame. Strap other stuff on top. Fill back seat with extra gear and 2nd dry box. This is how I do it for a Tacoma
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$12 gutter mount system from goodwill, $40 for the gutter track and heat shrink tubing from ebay, $10 for 2pcs of 3/4" sch. 40 from work for the cross bars.
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I went "light" to the Middle Fork last year - leaving my trailer and canopy behind. I have a 10' welded frame and my truck has a long bed. I used 3 2X4's across the stake pocket holes to and toggle bolts mount them and then put all my gear underneath. Frame on last and strap to go.
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Old 05-06-2019   #9
 
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Simple pocket stake rail system to keep my frame up off the truck bed rails so I have access to the bed below even with the frame attached.

The height of the posts can be set by you to whatever you need when you make it... I only needed a little more space and I like keeping things below the roof line for aerodynamics... And ease in loading the frame by myself.

I will strap the frame down to the truck bed tiedowns and not just the wood rails.

My truck is a double cab so it has the full size 6.5' bed... I wouldn't recommend the short bed option... I pretty much fill my bed for each trip. Click image for larger version

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Buy a 6.5 foot bed. The hauling is nice but the ride is also nicer with a longer wheelbase.
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