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Old 07-06-2016   #1
 
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Oar Transporting

I have a snowmobile trailer for my raft and I've been strapping the oars to the roof of my truck. I know some people have storage compartments on their trailer, but that's not an option.

I'm curious to see if anybody has rigged up way to transport/tie down oars a bit more securely than just strapping them down. For instance, I keep thinking about how people transport fishing rods...

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Old 07-06-2016   #2
 
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I store oars in an old Karhu cross country ski bag I had laying around. 3 oar shafts slide in snugly. Makes it easier to carry them, provides some protection, and makes them easier to strap to my roof rack. Without the bag the shafts, because they're round, are difficult to strap to my roof rack.
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I strap my oars to the frame on each side by the oar tower and cinch the oar tether so it's not flapping around in the wind, & leave the spare oar attached on the boat just like it'll be when I launch. I put the counter balances on the front end for tongue weight. Been doing this since I got my trailer in March '03. I've probably got tens of thousands of miles traveling like this, and have never had any trouble or unusual wear on the oars where they rest on the frame.

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I bought a van, problem solved.
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Leave mine rigged, and run a 1' strap to the forward D-ring on each side. Go through the slot on the blades of the spares, as well, and leave them in place.
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I bought a van, problem solved.
So have you parked it down by the river yet Buddy?
If so, I'm jealous!
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Only when the wife let's me.
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I hear ya, sometimes I get in trouble, and G.F. thinks about banishing me to sleep in my Tipee, but then she realizes that I would like that!
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I simply drilled holes in the deck of my flatbed about 8-10" from the side rail. and just cinch them straight to the deck with a cam strap. They don't budge. Leaving them rigged isn't an option for a 2-stack, you can strap a set down on each side.
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Three oars fit nicely in my Thule ski rack. Took the mounting hardware off my Titan rod vault and stick them Up there too
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