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Old 06-30-2017, 06:24 PM   #1
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I was wondering if any one has ever carried a kayak on the side of their Roadtrek?
I installed some D rings just under my awning. They seem very secure and stable.
Thinking of carrying my kayak on the side of the van bottom side out.
Would still be able to use front passenger door. Double side doors would not be usable.
Should still be under the Max. width allowable?
Am I forgetting about something important? This seems like it would be way easier,than roof mounting.
I can not find a photo of a Yak being carried this way? I must be over looking something?
Don't want to do any thing that might be dangerous ? Or risk damage to van or kayak.
If you have any suggestions,please let me know.
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Old 06-30-2017, 06:38 PM   #2
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Okay.
Found a company that makes a system for mounting yaks on the side of the van.
So, I guess it must be legal to do so?
Think I will modify a set of gutter mounts to make a side rack.
Considering putting them on the driver side? Any thoughts?
Was going to modify the gutter racks to use over the roof........but ,the roof is really kinda up there.
Not real easy to load a 14 foot kayak solo on the roof.
Again please,any thoughts or ideas welcome.
Thank you and cheers
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Old 06-30-2017, 06:48 PM   #3
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oh, I'm watching to see how you make out...

I do and have seen paddleboards, surf boards on side racks...one of my pals just had a BIG rack installed on his sprinter to carry kayak on roof.

we have tried the other way...a 7' plastic kayak mounted vertically...the square-ish tail sits in a plastic cradle ( cut down milk crate really) attached to a rear hitch mount carrier- the mid of the yak is strapped to spare tire.

for out most recent trip...an inflatable which fits under the bad.

neither are awesome as kayaks go, but they float and carry people...

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Old 06-30-2017, 10:41 PM   #4
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Hey Mike.
Will keep you posted.
Right now I have a couple sets of drip rail mount racks.
Going to modify them one way or another.
On top is great, but it's hard to load them that high solo.
And I do have solar panels which would then be blocked and not very effective.
Right now I am considering mounting them on driver side at the drip rail.
This would make them out of the way as far as my ability to see clearly.
And would make it a snap to park in the average parking space.
I have a nice trailer I made just for this kayak and it's great.
But that means .....another tag....more maintenance .
And it can be a hassle to park a lot of the time.
Will keep you posted.
If you have any ideas or suggestions....let me know .
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:01 PM   #5
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I had 14 foot hard shell kayaks and for years explored ways to carry them on my Bs. No 14 foot kayak in my opinion is worth carrying around like a 17 foot high performance sea kayak. So, I relented and got inflatable kayaks for recreational purposes and not serious kayaking for taking in our B. They fit inside, two of them, under our beds.
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:16 PM   #6
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We have 2 kayaks that are 16' long, I did look at mounting on the sides, but it really didnt seem safe to me. For 2 reasons I didnt do it, first was the blocking my vision while driving, they really do stick out alot, and the second reason was for width reasons, The Roadtrek is wide already going down the road, the chances of being side swiped, or side swiping someone else really made me nervous. I did as you said and used the gutter rails and made my own racks on the top of the van.It really is the safest way to go in my opinion.,,,,,, good luck with it,,,,
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This is doable by one person with one ladder, but it's not fun and I wouldn't do it again. I'd get an inflatable. Those are 10' boats.

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Thank you for the pics.
That is exactly what I was thinking.
Just trying to figure a way to get them up there .
It can be a chore for one person. Especially after paddling ,and fishing/diving all day.a few years ago ....no sweat,just throw them up there.......not so easy to do.
I am thinking of maybe using a small boat wench in the front to hoist it up.
Something quick and easy to attach/detach to the upper core support?
Thanks again for the pics.
Where did you find those awesome racks?
I will probably modify a set to do what I need.
Maybe if I mount the yak on it's side. It will not cover too much of the solar panels ?
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Wow! How tall it that?
Nice looking rig,Really dig the bright red paint!
I thought the roof of the RT was high? That's up there!
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Those are Fiamma racks supplied by Winnebago if you spec that option. Good high quality stuff. The problem is the roof of that van is almost 9.5' off the ground.

If you're doing this alone, imagine carrying your kayak in one arm while making sure you don't fall off a very tall ladder with your other arm all the while trying not to bang the boat along the side of your shiny red van. It's dangerous work .

It also takes a lot of trips up and down a large ladder that itself needs to be re-positioned quite often to lash everything securely. And you get to bring that ladder along. It takes about 1/2 an hour to put both boats up there.

That van is now over 11' tall. Kinda scary. As far as your solar panels are concerned I would think they'll be just about worthless with boats over them.

Like I said, for me, it's a dead end. I'll never carry my kayaks up there again.
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