kayak pvc rack

Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by dogfish 1, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. dogfish 1

    dogfish 1 New Member

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    I have seen pictures in past of kayak rack for a coleman camper using pvc pipe. The camper had an air conditioner on top. Has anybody seen this pic or made one?
     
  2. The Nuthouse

    The Nuthouse New Member

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    dogfish,

    Here are some pictures of the canoe racks I made for my Rockwood 2280.

    Maybe this is what you had in mind. If not then maybe this will give you some ideas.

    <img src="http://inlinethumb06.webshots.com/36613/2962318480103986688S425x425Q85.jpg" border=0>

    <img src="http://inlinethumb15.webshots.com/43214/2982865120103986688S425x425Q85.jpg" border=0>

    <img src="http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/30927/2459870020103986688S425x425Q85.jpg" border=0>

    <img src="http://inlinethumb01.webshots.com/43584/2578458290103986688S425x425Q85.jpg" border=0>

    Eric

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    Peanut & Cashew (our traveling JRT's)
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    dogfish 1 New Member

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    nuthouse

    Yes, it is something similar to your pictures but for a pair of kayaks. Are you using 1.5 inch pipe?

    thanks.

    Edited by - dogfish 1 on January 22 2009 01:08:46
     
  4. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    Eric, nice rack! How do you have those tied down?

    Steve
    Camp Director
    2/3rds of a Camper is better then no Camper at all.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_neon.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Fleetwood-Element-Neon"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">
     
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    JoeCamper Eastern, Pennsylvania

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    Eric,
    Great looking rack. I've been trying to design a 1.5" pvc rack for 2 bikes, 2 kayaks and 1 tote. I hope to have it done for the March rally.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper"> Joe '71, <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper"> Ashley '97 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_kayak.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Kayak"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle">
    '00 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_jeep.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Jeep"> & '00 Westlake <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> http://www.thebrennans.us
     
  6. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    Using Schedule 80 would make it much stronger.

    JJ

    Wichita Falls, TX
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    Found this one. I remembered it because I'm in the process of finding kayaks to buy and I'll need to build a rack. In the past we've always rented them. Now that I'm retired , we will get more opportunities to use them so I'll be buying kayaks this year.
    http://www.gallery.pstartech.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=55752&g2_serialNumber=2

    Built for comfort...not speed.
    97 Coleman Niagara 87 Coleman Sun Valley (project) 08 Chevy Trailblazer

    Edited by - RhinoDave on January 24 2009 11:58:17
     
  8. The Nuthouse

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    Hey Everyone,

    Sorry it has taken me a couple of days to answer but here we go.

    dogfish: I only used 3/4" pipe because I could get the fittings I needed to construct these racks in that size. The design makes them inherently rigid and there was no need to up-size the pipe.

    Steve: I don't have the racks attached to the pup in any way. The foam pipe wrap that I use to pad the rungs of the rack is so grippy that the rack's do not move around once I strap the canoe down.

    Joe: That sounds like an ambitious design you are working on - I will look forward to seeing it if you have it done for French Creek.

    JJ: I did not see the need for the increased cost of Schedule 80 PVC pipe and fittings nor did I want the extra weight. I have logged over 3000 miles to date with the system I built and have not had any issues.

    RhinoDave: Thanks for sharing. That design gives me some ideas for the rack system I might build when my wife and I buy two kayaks. We kayaked for the first time on our recent trip to the West Coast of Florida. After that experience I said to my wife, "I have got to get me one of these!!!".

    Eric

    The assorted nuts: Eric & Moria
    Peanut & Cashew (our traveling JRT's)
    '95 Chevy G20 Conversion Van '05 Rockwood 2280
     
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    dogfish 1 New Member

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    rhinoDave:

    Yes, this is the rack I had seen in the past.
    Thanks
     
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    You know, I've been looking at all these great ideas and I think I will go back to the basics. The old foam blocks that fit into the rim of the cockpit and fore/aft tie-down lines. It worked on the roof of my car when I first got my kayak so it should work fine on the roof of the camper.

    Steve
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    2/3rds of a Camper is better then no Camper at all.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_neon.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Fleetwood-Element-Neon"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle">
     
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    I made mine for the back of my truck with schedule 40 PVC

    <img src="http://inlinethumb58.webshots.com/44473/2865440240104651303S500x500Q85.jpg" border=0>


    <img src="http://inlinethumb40.webshots.com/41831/2149304480104651303S500x500Q85.jpg" border=0>

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    I've been studying Erics design and I think it would also work pretty easily as a canoe or kayak dolly as well. All you need to do is drill a hole in the ends of each top peak and run an old wagon wheel axle through the top rail and put the wagon wheels back on. Then when you need to cart the canoe or kayak any distance with gear you just need to flip it over and strap the kayak to it. I would add cradles to the lower cross supports to match the contour of the kayak or canoe. What do you think? good or bad idea?

    Built for comfort...not speed.
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    Edited by - RhinoDave on January 27 2009 15:30:38
     
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    dogfish 1 New Member

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    I finally finshed the Kayak rack for my coleman camper. It is made from 1 1/2" PVC pipe. Cost me about $38 to make. This rack is for a Ocean Kayak Malibu 2XL. When spring arrives, I will post a picture of the rack and kayak on the camper.

    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3153/3284029590_57ca45ce74_m.jpg" border=0>

    2003 Carmel by Coleman
     
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    dogfish.

    How'd that work out for you? I have a Coleman Santa Fe that has an AC unit and I need to transport two yaks, so I'm looking at designs. Some good ideas on this thread. [KK]
     
  15. Davylee

    Davylee Camping = Life is Good

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    Hi all,

    We just use the foam blocks and strap the bow and stern and one crosswise ratchet strap, the foam bloskc sometimes shift depnding on how bad the roads are and I have lost a couple.

    Anthony: Do you have a sketch of that PVC rack for the truck? I was going to make a clone of the yakima sportrack 300 but I like your PVC one.
     
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    Interesting. I just spend some $$ yesterday for a yakima system for my truck. I will be using my yaks with or without the trailer. They have 20% off through today at rei on yakima and thule.
     
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    Sharon Dover, FL

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    This is an awsome thread. My daughter wants a kayak, and this will be helpful in carrying later. Thanks for the pics. Great Job every one!

    Sharon
     
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    I don't need one for the roof of the PUp or the TV but that gives me an idea for making a stand for putting my kayak on at the campsite. I hate just leaving it on the ground.

    If it weren't for Velcro, Duct Tape, & PVC Pipe, we would still be living in caves.
     
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    I finally have a picture of my kayak loaded on the new rack I built for the coleman pop up.

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    This rack is very stable and of course carries the kayak over top of the airconditioning unit. The front rack is slightly lower than the rear for reduced air drag. The kayak is a Ocean Kayak 2 XL whcih is a 13.5 ft tandem. It tows like a charm.

    [PU] 2003 Coleman carmel
    [TV] 2006 4 runner
     
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    Nice job. Looks very stable. [KK]
     

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