I think that's how the Capt carries his!fishnbanjo said:Many years ago I owned a 1986.5 SE V6 Kingcab Nissan Hardbody, first one off the assembly line in TN actually. I purchased a dandy item that slid into the hitch socket and adjusted height to match the cab of the truck, it also had clamps on it for a boat transom. Used to carry my 12' wide beam Duratech with it, centered 2 foams on the hull and locked the transom in the clamps. It worked great and allowed you to mount the boat then unclamp the assembly lock so you coult rotate it onto the cab then relock it and simply tie the hull to the front bumper. We then added a 16' canoe so I simply clamped a length of 2"x6" into the clamp assembly and instant canoe carrier.
I still have a few canoes so I'll probably make up a square tube assembly, T shaped, to slip into a spare hitch bar and use that to be the rear, or figure on adding a roller assembly to the Basickoncepts tonneau, gives me something to work on over the wintah here in Maine............
This might work. I got it to do just that but haven't used it yet.[B said:Whaleya]How about a canoe and a trailer?
PS I like the red RL, it's a better color then mine[/B]
FWIW, I traveled about 80 miles down I-75 from north of Atlanta to Macon, GA at 70+ mph with that set up. It worked fine.That'll work in a pinch, but if I'm transporting a canoe or two any significant distance at higher speeds, I want it secured via the bow to the front of the vehicle + secured by a strap across the middle, and another one from the stern to the back of the vehicle. Just got my Ridgeline a few months ago and decided against the factory roof rack because 1) it's not designed to support over 110lbs (or was it 120? two non-kevlar canoes, and you're over.) and 2) the Ridgeline rack, from what I researched, isn't compatible with the Yakima or Thule stuff out there, in terms of holding the crossbars. I will be getting the Yakima "Q Towers" which fasten to the vehicle with clips and holding 78" crossbars (and Yakima gunwale brackets) so I can carry two boats safely.