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Kayak racks for fifth wheels


charlyhors

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I'm getting ready to buy my first of maybe 2 kayaks. Anyone have any knowledge of rigging up a basket off 2" box hitch, and then maybe a center vetical welded pole that comes up and T's once or twice to make bracing points. Sorry I can't describe it better. Anyway, is anyone knowledgable about options in mounting 2 kayaks to the back of a 5er. I imagine it'll have to be a customization of a basket on a hitch, with a vertical center pole. Kayaks would ride belly to belly facing the centerpost, to which they'd be strapped. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Just a thought....IIFC kayaks can be pretty long 14'+ in some cases. Watch the total height (kayak plus what ever the distance of the hitch to ground). They won't hold up to a bridge of tree.

Ray & Deb - Shelbi the Aussie & Lexington the cat
2004 Volvo 630 500HP ISX "Bertha D" - 10 Speed-MaxBrake -ET hitch.SOLD
2009 Designer 35RLSA SOLD
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Depending on what your tow vehicle is, you could get roof racks on the vehicle to hold the kayaks. When we full timed, I had a Thule Rack on top of the cab of my crew cab truck, and I had two bicycle racks and two cargo boxes up there. Length could be an issue, if the kayaks are long. You could cantilever the kayaks out over the front of the vehicle, and use a front mounted hitch carrier to support the front of the kayak.

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We used to carry kayaks and no way would they fit on the back of the fiver...they were 14'. Unless you are going for the really short white water type. Then it would work. Otherwise I'd go for the rack that sits on top the cab of the truck and extends out over the front of the truck.

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I have 2 kayaks 10 1/2' long that I put on a simple roof rack on my F350 crew cab (It also worked with my old extended cab). I have to make sure they are out over the hood a little extra, but that works fine. The rack doesn't ride well without the kayaks on them, so I have to take them off when I'm not hauling the boats. If and when I go full time I hope to invest in a better system like this one, https://www.usrack.com/responsive/fifth-wheel-truck-rack.php. Good Luck.

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Anything you hang on the back of your fiver is going to take a beating - lots of up and down motion. I had a 2" receiver installed on a previous fiver with a bike carrier. the bike carrier broke damaging/destroying bikes. Also had one of those bike carriers that hung from the ladder - broke the ladder!

 

Will NEVER consider hauling anything back there again!

 

Lenp

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