Kendon trailer for a kayak challenge

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  1. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    I really don't want to put the boat up there.
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  2. MrBob

    MrBob Pressure washed insides. Supporter

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    I love drilling holes in stuff so I'm quick to do so.
    Look up "U" bolts, also called muffler clamps.
    I couldn't design an adequate mounting system via the internet using tiny photos on my phone. If the project feels like a bit much get competent assistance. There are a number of stresses that need to be compensated for but I don't doubt that this could be done.
    Or come to Boulder and hire me to build it.:-)
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    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    yakima rack mounting points on the roof
    easily removable yakima rack with kayak attachment (I know, you don't want to put it on the roof but...)
    ladder mounting points on the back door of the van (sockets up top that the ladder drops into, anchors on bottom to secure it?)
    easily removable ladder so the HOA doesn't get bent out of shape
    trailer hitch
    hitch mounted bike carrier for the bike
    Done.
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  4. Luke

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    How about this? Weld 3 receiver tubes onto the trailer. Put a T on the front tube and a hoop in the back tube. Maybe brace the rear hoop with guys to the tiedown points. Everything except the receivers are removeable with pins. Nothing is attached to the floppy tail and your bike can fit underneath. 20161204_204017.jpg
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  5. FredBGG

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    Don't get muffler clamps. They are not strong and should not be trusted for much structural integrity.
    Much better is find the u clamps used to attach axels. They call them leaf spring axle u bolts.
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  6. MrBob

    MrBob Pressure washed insides. Supporter

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    I could see them used if they can be had short enough.
    I also envisioned a gusset system to stabilize the bases of the racks, and the U bolts would just be a part of the gusset system.
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  7. Little Bike

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    Hmmm, interesting.......I'm liking this idea!
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  8. FredBGG

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    You could also make the rack using windsurfing masts.
    They are high quality fiberglass or even carbon fiber and can be found cheap used.
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  9. RVDan

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    It will track better when it is longer.
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  10. 9mm

    9mm Been here awhile

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    I realize a longer kayak glides and paddles easier. But a shorter kayak would stow so much easier.
    Compromises.
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  11. Little Bike

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    It would have to be a REALLY short kayak to fit in the van!:lol3
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  12. VX Rider

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    Get a folding kayak . .. done
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  13. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    This!

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    See if one of these will work for you if you haven't already done so. It's on my list of things to get for two big reasons -- I'm not a hardcore kayaker and the convenience of being able to bring it along on almost every trip trumps any downsides for me. Heck, you can probably velcro this to the ceiling of your van and have it live in there full time.

    Get one and bring it to next year's WMRC and we can add watersports to the fun list. Provided you don't lose a paddle or something of the sort. :)
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  14. gmk999

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    This
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  15. gmk999

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    I have 10 kayaks the longest one i have is 6’8” Most hover near 5’10” Problem is they are slow in still water. But they are like Ferraris in moving water. The faster thr water the better they perform
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  16. Little Bike

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    I looked at a version of that rack - I think it's called a Kerrick. There is one US distributor back east, I've been thinking of seeing how much money....
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  17. Little Bike

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    I USED to have a very high quality one - sold it when I moved and didn't need to save space anymore (had a different car then, a Prius looks pretty funny with a 17' boat on it....:lol3)
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  18. Little Bike

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    I saw those come out - I think the company started on GoFundMe (or the other website that does the same thing). It's a cool concept boat, I'd like to try one out sometime.

    My problem is I used to be a hardcore kayaker - I'm used to my long fiberglass boat and Greenland paddle. Roll it over baby!!!

    Buy one Jose so I can try it out!
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  19. gmk999

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    FWIW there are tons of companies that make pull down ladder racks, should be an easy search if your Google-fu is strong.
    If you are handy....
    It would probably be better to adapt one of those to fit your boat you could get a lower profile and a longer drop down on the side of the van.
    Also they have been on phone company trucks and vans for years. Probably much cheaper used
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  20. Little Bike

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    Hmmmm, I did not know that....:D
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