I'm thinking a camper van is in my future. My shuttle bunny,wife, likes the idea of having a bed to sleep in and bathroom for use in the middle of the night. I can't say I'm opposed to either of those ideas either. Unfortunately, they dont look like they're made to haul boats, with air conditioners mounted on their roof. Anybody out there using a classb roadtrek or pleasure-way and also hauling canoes and kayaks with them?
Touring Kayak Paddles
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Have used our conversion van|
Posted by: ricknriver on Jan-23-13 11:19 AM (EST)
for same role. No AC/vents on our top, but there may be space on either side of them for boats. I think there may be Class B vans with the AC on the rear of, and integrated into the high top too. I use Yakima bases bolted through the roof with long bars that I can even extend more with 1/2" galvanized water pipe that fits inside the bars nice. Also use a 1/2" gal pipe for a cheap loading bar that fits into the yak bars and extends past the van far enough to prop one end of the boat on, then a 3-step folding kitchen stool to load the other end. Temporarily pad the bar with a swim noodle. With the bar extensions out to 102" I've carried 3 canoes, very well strapped down with fore and aft lines, that way over a 2K mi. trip no probs. Just thoughts. R
This doesn't answer your question, but|
Posted by: Jackl on Jan-23-13 12:59 PM (EST)
have you ever thought of a small travel trailer.
agree with JackL|
Posted by: willowleaf on Jan-23-13 1:38 PM (EST)
We do the same thing -- picked up a 17' long mini travel trailer with shower, flushable toilet, two beds (couch that folds out and dinette that folds down), fridge, range, sink, AC and heat. It is under 1800 lbs and we can tow it with a 4 liter Ranger pickup carrying the kayaks on the roof rack on the truck.
thanks for the input|
Posted by: tdaniel on Jan-23-13 8:50 PM (EST)
all of your posts gave me plenty to think about. I'll have to do some more research before I buy anything.
Trailer Works for me|
Posted by: VK1NF on Jan-23-13 11:29 PM (EST)
I have a Trillium 1300, a fiberglass egg that I tow with a Ford Ranger. Mine's pretty basic, but has everything I really need - double bed, stove, fridge, propane furnace, sink, porta-pottie. The kayaks ride on top of the Ranger. One advantage of the trailer/tow vehicle setup is that you have a vehicle that isn't dedicated to camping.
Posted by: Jackl on Jan-24-13 6:14 AM (EST)
Since us trailer people didn't answer your question; you might want to go on RV.net.
Maybe front and rear hitches plus|
Posted by: pikabike on Jan-24-13 5:18 PM (EST)
goalpost-style crossbars for the boats? Would not work for short boats but should be good for sea kayaks.