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Auto Help. Have Jeep, Need Advice on How to Attach a Kayak??
10.09.17 | chickensoup

Posted on 10/09/2017 6:13:11 PM PDT by Chickensoup

Ok boys and girls.

I bought the Jeep Sahara Unlimited Altitude Wrangler that we discussed last spring. I love it and I smile all the time that I drive it. Yes I am a Pavement Princess.

Great vehicle.

Now I have a conundrum.

I want to buy and transport a kayak. I have wanted one of my own for years, and heck, it is my birthday this week.

I smile when I kayak.

I went out and looked at them and I can get a 10 foot 38 lb injection molded cute kayak at a decent price to paddle around the lakes and streams in my area.

Problem. It is too long for my vehicle so I cannot stuff it inside. I cannot remove the spare to have it hang out the back, for that cannot happen. It is too heavy to remove, and it looks cute back there.

I am way too short to put the kayak on the detachable roof. It will never get up there. That is a fact.

I have a trailer but transporting the kayak in the big trailer that my son uses to transport big things like snowmobiles, lawn tractors etc. seems like overkill...and I cannot back up with a trailer. It is encoded in my female DNA to be unable to back up the trailer.

I have been looking at some of those little trailer-ettes that hang off the trailer hitch. They are little platforms that hang there and they stick out a bit. I am trying to see whether I can somehow strap a kayak to the back of the vehicle standing upright sitting on that hitch platform. Would this be a good idea. I would not be going on highways, just back roads here in the area. Never more that 50 mph.

I don't want to harm the Jeep, the kayak or anyone else.

Your technical advice would be appreciated.

Thank you!

chickensoup


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Ok boys and girls.

I bought the Jeep Sahara Unlimited Altitude Wrangler that we discussed last spring. I love it and I smile all the time that I drive it. Yes I am a Pavement Princess.

Great vehicle.

Now I have a conundrum.

I want to buy and transport a kayak. I have wanted one of my own for years, and heck, it is my birthday this week.

I smile when I kayak.

I went out and looked at them and I can get a 10 foot 38 lb injection molded cute kayak at a decent price to paddle around the lakes and streams in my area.

Problem. It is too long for my vehicle so I cannot stuff it inside. I cannot remove the spare to have it hang out the back, for that cannot happen. It is too heavy to remove, and it looks cute back there.

I am way too short to put the kayak on the detachable roof. It will never get up there. That is a fact.

I have a trailer but transporting the kayak in the big trailer that my son uses to transport big things like snowmobiles, lawn tractors etc. seems like overkill...and I cannot back up with a trailer. It is encoded in my female DNA to be unable to back up the trailer.

I have been looking at some of those little trailer-ettes that hang off the trailer hitch. They are little platforms that hang there and they stick out a bit. I am trying to see whether I can somehow strap a kayak to the back of the vehicle standing upright sitting on that hitch platform. Would this be a good idea. I would not be going on highways, just back roads here in the area. Never more that 50 mph.

I don't want to harm the Jeep, the kayak or anyone else.

Your technical advice would be appreciated.

Thank you!

chickensoup

1 posted on 10/09/2017 6:13:11 PM PDT by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

Get a rooftop carrier rack.


2 posted on 10/09/2017 6:14:31 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup

Get an inflatable kayak


3 posted on 10/09/2017 6:15:18 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Chickensoup

I hope you have a roof-rack. Otherwise, you will need a roof rack.

As for the muscle problem, that was difficult for my wife too, which is why she keeps me around.

An alternative, unusual for a kayak, would be a mini-boat trailer, but that too has its drawbacks (hooking up, license plate, makes backing up difficult, etc).


4 posted on 10/09/2017 6:16:22 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (White is the new Black.)
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To: Chickensoup

I hope you have a roof-rack. Otherwise, you will need a roof rack.

As for the muscle problem, that was difficult for my wife too, which is why she keeps me around.

An alternative, unusual for a kayak, would be a mini-boat trailer, but that too has its drawbacks (hooking up, license plate, makes backing up difficult, etc).


5 posted on 10/09/2017 6:16:22 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (White is the new Black.)
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To: Chickensoup

Er, hit send too soon - you can get a rooftop carrier rack of many different designs - some will also allow for a ladder to be mounted so shorter people can access the rack.


6 posted on 10/09/2017 6:17:12 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Chickensoup
"Tire is too heavy..."

"I'm too short...Fact..."

"Cannot back up a trailer..."

my advice would be to buy or rent a male to do 1 of the above. Choose carefully. Some models of male are deficient in certain areas -- for example, I am a male, and I cannot back up a trailer either.

7 posted on 10/09/2017 6:18:42 PM PDT by Wyrd bi ful ard (Flag burners can go screw -- I'm mighty PROUD of that ragged old flag)
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To: Spktyr

Go out and purchase any vehicle other than a Jeep. Then, attach it to the roof of that non-Jeep vehicle with a standard carrier.

Easy peasy.


8 posted on 10/09/2017 6:18:48 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: Chickensoup
Look around these links
9 posted on 10/09/2017 6:19:46 PM PDT by deport
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To: Noamie

10 posted on 10/09/2017 6:21:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Spktyr

I am too short. Jeep is too tall.


11 posted on 10/09/2017 6:22:05 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftists today are speaking as if they plan to commence to commit genocide against conservatives.)
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To: King Moonracer

I want something more durable than that.


12 posted on 10/09/2017 6:22:39 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftists today are speaking as if they plan to commence to commit genocide against conservatives.)
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To: Chickensoup

Do an image search on “kayak carrier”. Many types available, the ones listed for an RV look like what you want, and they fit in a standard hitch receptacle.


13 posted on 10/09/2017 6:22:57 PM PDT by wrench
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To: Spktyr

The way to use a roof rack is to avoid trying to lift the whole kayak at one time. You do this by getting the kayak’s bow on to the rack and then pushing the rest up onto the rack. That way you only have to lift a part of the board’s weight at one time. If you have any good sporting goods stores near you, go to one and seek their advice.


14 posted on 10/09/2017 6:23:49 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Pearls Before Swine

There are no men to put the kayak on the roof. I could hire a galley of slaves to carry the kayak to locations for the cost of a good man.


15 posted on 10/09/2017 6:24:41 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftists today are speaking as if they plan to commence to commit genocide against conservatives.)
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To: Chickensoup

My friend is able to get his 8 footer inside his Suburu Forrester, have you tried to see if you could make it go into the Jeep? Not sure what kind of rear door it has, but lots of people carry 12’ kayaks in pickups and SUVs with the top glass down or open and the kayak sticking up at an angle.

It’s a challenge to get a rotomolded plastic kayak up on a roof rack, but if you go to sites like rackwarehouse.com you will find racks that load from the side, so all you need to do is lift the kayak up to about waist height. Unfortunately they’ll cost more than the boat! It’s not a bad idea to paddle with a friend(s) anyhow and many hands makes for light(er) work. Have fun!


16 posted on 10/09/2017 6:25:28 PM PDT by bigbob (People say believe half of what you see son and none of what you hear - M. Gaye)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

The mini boat trailer probably wont work for I suspect that the backing up part would be disastrous.


17 posted on 10/09/2017 6:25:47 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftists today are speaking as if they plan to commence to commit genocide against conservatives.)
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To: Chickensoup

I also have a Sahara Unlimited and use the Hullavator from Thule (https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/sport-rack/kayak-roof-racks/thule-hullavator-pro-_-1685448). It allows the kayak cradle to be lowered to the side of the Jeep. It also make putting it on the roof a piece of cake.


18 posted on 10/09/2017 6:25:57 PM PDT by DataDink
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To: Chickensoup

Just use a lot of duct tape.


19 posted on 10/09/2017 6:26:18 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

“I cannot back up a trailer either.” LOL

I managed to have to back up work trailers with my 3500 express, no rear or side windows, just mirrors. If I use a pick up, all the windows that allow me to see behind me are confusing.


20 posted on 10/09/2017 6:26:22 PM PDT by foundedonpurpose (Prayers for Gods People! Salvation & Restoration!)
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