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Old 12-03-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Kayaks and Bed Liners

I'm looking for options to carry whitewater kayaks. So far I just have the factory roof rack. I tried a kayak stacker on it, but it was a pain to reach the roof standing on the side rails, so I ended up returning it.

First off, I'm looking for a good soft bed liner, since the factory coating is like sandpaper on a plastic kayak. I've been throwing in some workout mats, but I'd like something more permanent. Any suggestions?

Also, I was thinking about some sort of rack in the bed. I remember seeing someone that bought the Vantech siderails and then mounted a Yakima rack onto the rails, so the rack sat just over the bed, instead of sticking up at roof height. Anyone tried that or know where I can find that post? I haven't had any luck finding it again.

Any other suggestions on carrying whitewater kayaks (6 to 10ft long)?
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Re: Kayaks and Bed Liners

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I'm looking for options to carry whitewater kayaks. So far I just have the factory roof rack. I tried a kayak stacker on it, but it was a pain to reach the roof standing on the side rails, so I ended up returning it.

First off, I'm looking for a good soft bed liner, since the factory coating is like sandpaper on a plastic kayak. I've been throwing in some workout mats, but I'd like something more permanent. Any suggestions?

Also, I was thinking about some sort of rack in the bed. I remember seeing someone that bought the Vantech siderails and then mounted a Yakima rack onto the rails, so the rack sat just over the bed, instead of sticking up at roof height. Anyone tried that or know where I can find that post? I haven't had any luck finding it again.

Any other suggestions on carrying whitewater kayaks (6 to 10ft long)?


I have posted before about using (just) the VanTech side rails and a yakima rack. I find this setup works well. You can search my previous posts for more information. Or let me know if you have a specific question. Also, for the longer kayaks, you might want to search for posts about hitch-mounted bed extenders, which several members have found useful. I'm thinking about getting one myself for a specific application. Good luck.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #3
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Thanks...that looks so nice!
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:41 PM   #4
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Re: Kayaks and Bed Liners

The Thule Hullavator is an expensive solution but would definitely solve your problem:

http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Produc...7XT-Hullavator

We carry our two 12' recreational kayaks on the factory roof rack with Yakima BowDown racks and carry a small, lightweight aluminum stepladder to make it easier to affix the straps, install our cockpit covers, etc.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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My friend that turned me on to the Ridgeline has a hullavator. I really need to be able to carry at least 4 and preferably 6 kayaks though. I have some Thule 450 feet that I've seen people get to work on a factory rack. I'm going to check out the Yakima railgrabs first though. I wouldn't mind carrying a step ladder from time to time as needed. It would be sweet to be able to carry like a dozen yaks and gear! lol
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My friend that turned me on to the Ridgeline has a hullavator. I really need to be able to carry at least 4 and preferably 6 kayaks though. I have some Thule 450 feet that I've seen people get to work on a factory rack. I'm going to check out the Yakima railgrabs first though. I wouldn't mind carrying a step ladder from time to time as needed. It would be sweet to be able to carry like a dozen yaks and gear! lol
They make a very nifty device for carrying that many yaks - it's called a trailer and I've seen ones for up to a dozen or so at some of the rental outfits!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:21 PM   #7
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I was thinking 4 on the roof, 6 on a bed rack, and 4 more in the bed....14 seems like a reasonable number! :P
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I was thinking 4 on the roof, 6 on a bed rack, and 4 more in the bed....14 seems like a reasonable number! :P
The more the merrier?

Keep in mind that your Ridgeline has a 1,500 pound load limit - and that includes occupants. 14 kayaks at say 40-45 pounds each is over 1/3rd of that, add racks, PFDs, paddles, a couple of coolers and 3-4 occupants and you could quite easily exceed that limit and put safety and reliability at risk.
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