Kayaks on PUP Opinions needed.

Discussion in 'Canoeing / Kayaking, Boating, & S.C.U.B.A.' started by RhinoDave, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. RhinoDave

    RhinoDave Active Member

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    I needed to make up some way of transporting the kayaks with my current roof style since my roof replacement is on hold so I made up some PVC and pool noodle bases to use. I would like some input on what you all think about the design. I've hauled bikes and canoes before but this is the first time out with Kayaks onboard. Any suggestions or ideas would be appreciated. The strapping will be front and rear on each as well as two each from the bases around the kayaks. I also plan on using one or two long straps across the top of both kayaks and fastening under the sides of the PUP. I just didn't have any to use today.
    First pic is the PVC base design without any padding. One side is made higher to compensate for the roof slope so the kayaks will sit level.
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    The bases with the padding added.
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    Base with kayak set on top.
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    Front view with both kayaks.
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    With most of the straps in place.
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    Built for comfort...not speed.
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  2. fishguy1313

    fishguy1313 New Member

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    That looks pretty good. I wouldn't tighten the straps too tight though. Just enough! Good luck!

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  3. TCF

    TCF Van Alstyne, Texas

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    This worked great for us.

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    TCF, where did you get the rear storage area....and how is it mounted?

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    BiXLL Chippewa Twp., Pa.

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    I think you have done a great job of figuring a design and then making it happen, CONGRATS!!!!!

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    TCF Van Alstyne, Texas

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    binky,
    I assume it's factory installed.
    It was on the trailer when we got it.
    It's welded onto the frame underneath.

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  7. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    RhinoDave,
    What size PVC pipe did you use? Our son has a 10 ft kayak and I am trying to figure a way of carrying it on the pup roof that will not harm the roof. So far your idea is at the top of the list.

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  8. RhinoDave

    RhinoDave Active Member

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    It's all 1/2"
    BOM is:
    4 pcs 1/2" PVC cut 24" long
    3 pcs 1/2" PVC cut 12" long
    6 pcs 1/2" elbows
    6 pcs 1/2" Tees
    6 Pcs 1/2" PVC cut 1.5" long (I cut three of these at 2.5 to get an angle to match my roof)
    one large pool noodle
    4 pcs of 3/4" pipe foam cut 24" long.
    one roll of electrical tape.
    2 pcs 1" camlock straps 5' long.
    I cut the top lengths so the total length would match the length of the flat area of my kayaks. Since they are 12' the flat area under the cockpit is about 4'. The straps go through the ends and around the kayak to hold the base to the kayak.

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  9. nhcaveman

    nhcaveman Barrington, NH

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    Hey Binky,

    You can do that to most any popup, well, TCF's does confuse because you cannot see a bumper. But if you do have a bumper, just go to Etrailer and look at this:
    http://www.etrailer.com/p-E-100.htm
    then it's just a matter of a luggage rack for use with any 2" receiver.
    Ive thought about this myself, but I'm already at my max weight for my TV, and don't trust myself, I can already invision myself putting an extra LP tank, extra battery, portable generator, or something else too heavy on there. So think about what you would put on there first, you really don't want a lot of extra weight back there, too much and it could effect how you handle on the road.

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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Excellent, thanks!

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    Looks great! When we purchased our popup last fall I had thoughts about carrying our kayaks on our pup. But most of the trips we take we have to travel to where we are going to paddle from the campsite, so we still carry our boats on top of the car.

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  12. Yellowkayak

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

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    Great design but I only have one concern. Look at the fourth picture. Notice the under edge of your AC unit. When you put straps over the yaks it will push the roof down a tiny but and MAYBE cause the seal around the AC unti to come loose a bit and leak during a rain storm while driving down the road.....notice I said MAYBE. Just something to look at for possible problems, but the rack and idea is sound a great...I like simple, simple always works. Two thumbs up and enjoy your yaks like we do.

    JJ

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    Once again, brilliant.
     
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    Have I mentioned....i LOVE this site!!!
    Thanks for the ideas!
     

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