I am buying a F150 super crew and can't decide what to use to carry my kayaks. What do you use.
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Classic Freestanding Rack
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Posted by: B.inboats on Apr-22-13 10:22 PM (EST)
I posted a similar thread last week and didn't get much response. I think I'm going to go with the Thule XSporter 500 Pro. I need it for the height adjustability. If I was only hauling longer boats I would probably go with the Yakima Outdoorsman 300. I still have qualms with putting a 14 ft boat just on bed mounted racks. I'm a huge proponent of bow and stern lines for travel. Running a line from the bow down to tow hooks up front may tend to "bend" the boat down toward the hood. I wonder if I should buy a single load bar that would go toward the front of the cab roof. Past posters worried about the potential twist with the boat being supported from the cab and bed separately. I'm not convinced it's enough to worry about. I'm loving the F 150 Supercrew vs my old trusty Chevrolet Colorado though.
Have 2010 F150|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Apr-22-13 10:54 PM (EST)
We also have a cap over the bed and pull a pop up RV. The cap comes with rails and attachment hardware for cross bars. We added an attachment bar from Thule for over the cab. So we have two sea kayaks (18' and 17') that sit over the truck forward of the trailer. This arrangement works very well for us. I have also used just the truck for WW trips. I sleep in the cap and put the boats on top of the cab/cap.
these are pretty popular down here|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on Apr-22-13 11:03 PM (EST)
In texas truck land
Topper or open bed?|
Posted by: pikabike on Apr-23-13 1:09 AM (EST)
If I kept mine with an open bed, I'd put on a sturdy contractor rack with round bars and kayak saddles or good minicell blocks on those. No issues from sliding a kayak on from the rear with no roof in the way. I would love to be able to stand in the bed to strap the boat in, which this arrangement allows.
I did a wrap-around contractor rack.|
Posted by: longshadow on Apr-25-13 5:28 PM (EST)
Rack's mounted in the stake pockets and the topper is clamped down right on top of it. It's a contractor's setup (not all sleak and trim) but it's got a 70" spread, 750# rating, and I made a sleeping compartment in the bed above all the cargo, so it works for me. Oh, and it carries everything from playboats to +20' behemoth tandem kayaks very well.
I have a fiberglass cap on mine.|
Posted by: jackl on Apr-23-13 6:01 AM (EST)
And use Yakama Landing pads bolted right through the top. I also put them on the front roof of the cab, which give me the option to load from the very back or the front and give me three sets of bars.
Posted by: radiomix on Apr-23-13 7:06 AM (EST)
Or whatever Lowe's is calling them these days. It's a ladder rack, its strong and adaptable. Plus about half as much as a Thule or Yakima option.
Posted by: fatelmo on Apr-23-13 7:45 AM (EST)
Wit a cantilevel so as not ta hit de cab wit me long an' coyvee canoos, but ah' gots a cap.
Posted by: PJC on Apr-23-13 8:26 AM (EST)
I have a Ranger. This is what I've done and would do the same with a 150 (and carry a small ladder in the back, I suppose.)
Posted by: bac on Apr-23-13 9:14 AM (EST)
I just went from a ranger to a 2012 F-150 extended cab. Huge difference in loading and hauling kayaks and not in a good way. I have a bed high tonneau cover so that limits some options. For short trips I use a truck bed extender and just put the kayaks in the bed and go. Quick and simple but does up the probability of getting rear ended. The big problem is the height of the rig with a rack. Mine is around 76 inchs (18 inch tires, not reccomended) so loading/unloading with a short wife is a process. I have a a cab high rack with saddles currently and am going to try out a hullivator today. Hopefully that will lessen the issues of getting a long kayak on top of a rack with saddles.
Tires are an issue? I doubt it.|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Apr-23-13 5:42 PM (EST)
Saw these at Harbor Freight|
Posted by: Kayak_Ken on Apr-23-13 8:55 AM (EST)
Posted by: korey99 on Apr-23-13 9:51 AM (EST)
I bought an older model TracRac Pro on Craigslist. It clamps to the rails. My father-in-law bought a single crossbar for his cab and uses one of those "goalposts" that plugs into his hitch to carry his canoe. That's because he wanted to keep his fiberglass tonneau. I like my arrangement, though, other than my concerns about bow/stern lines when carrying the boat toward the back of the vehicle.
Thule/Yakima on F150 quad|
Posted by: somalley on Apr-23-13 10:03 AM (EST)
Had a quad cab F150 for a while, with a topper. I bolted Yakima tracks to the topper for use with some Thule Trakker towers I already owned. That worked fine for shorter kayaks, but longer, rockered WW canoes would hit the cab roof. So I bought a half set of Thule towers for non-raingutter cars and mounted a third bar on the cab when carrying canoes. I liked that vehicle a lot for gear-intensive family trips, but I hated the 11 mpg, the need for 3 point turns when angle parking, the loudly ticking lifters, and the likelihood of the sparkplugs seizing in the heads when it came time to replace them, so I finally sold it.
Posted by: poleplant on Apr-23-13 10:15 AM (EST)
I have a pickup with an open bed. I bought a Thule T-bar that extends off a hitch from the back.
Posted by: Tarwheel on Apr-23-13 10:23 AM (EST)
I have a Ford Ranger and have used a Yakima Outdoorsman to carry my kayaks for the past 5 years. It has worked great. It is easy to mount kayaks with the right fittings (mine has Hully Rollers on back, Mako Sharks in the front). It also leaves your bed open for carrying other gear. My only complaint is that it does limit the utility of your truck bed for some uses, such as picking up loads of mulch.
Trac Rack and folding tonneau|
Posted by: NateHanson on Apr-23-13 3:40 PM (EST)
I need an open bed for carrying bulk stuff sometimes, but I like keeping out snow and rain most of the time, so I've got a Peragon sliding cover for the bed. Pair that with a TracRac (bought used). I have one set of j-bars, and 4' wide foam pads next to that. Compared to the Outdoorsman, and some other options, I prefer the trac rac because I often carry 3 or 4 boats, and they're totally secure on the 1000# capacity trac rac. I'm not sure I'd be as happy with all that weight and force on a lighter rack.
I Have F-150 Extended Cab|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Apr-23-13 7:58 PM (EST)
I used a Yakima Outdoorsman. Have it on my second truck now, plus I used to use it on a trailer. Another friend on this board also has this rack. Works well for us. Mines a few years old, Rob's over 5 years at least.
Posted by: michaelcrouse on Apr-23-13 11:03 PM (EST)
F 250 4x4|
Posted by: wavespinner on Apr-24-13 8:52 AM (EST)
Very high lift, in other words. I started with a Dewalt rack (same as a Thule but without the sports oriented price gouge). I added Malone J cradles on the ends and use their Telos loading system to easily get the boats up and down. I added Thule cradles in the center for a third boat.
Posted by: bmach1 on Apr-24-13 11:58 AM (EST)
Posted by: ppine on Apr-24-13 6:44 PM (EST)
I like a trailer best, but for an open pick-up the racks that mount on the box are good. A lumber rack works fine.
If you're getting a short rec kayak|
Posted by: shirlann on Apr-24-13 11:33 PM (EST)
you can just put it in the bed of your truck and secure it to the loops at the front and rear.