I am struggling with the decision whether to buy a trailer to transport canoes and kayaks. Various reasons.
So this is for those of you that use a trailer - where do you store it? I have a two door garage with just enough room for our two cars and all the junk. So I guess this would have to be stored outside.
Deck Rigging Gear
Paddler's Truck Rack
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Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-21-13 11:13 AM (EST)
Its a MO with a marine plywood box. 15 years old. You would expect rot. It doesn't have any. We have been less than diligent about keeping out rotting leaves.
Well if I had a basement .....|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Sep-21-13 11:24 AM (EST)
But since I don't it sits outside. The Harbir freight trailers fold up but you would have to disassemble whatever you put on them to attach the boats to, but that's doable. But at $300 for a new trailer I don't worry about it too much. I'ts been a couple years and mine still basically looks new. I store an aluminum canoe on the top rack and have a tarp over the canoe to keep tree sap off.
Build a shed just for it|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-21-13 1:26 PM (EST)
If you have the space.
Wanted:1000 square foot house|
Posted by: kayamedic on Sep-21-13 1:30 PM (EST)
10,000 square foot barn.
Sounds good to me|
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-22-13 12:54 AM (EST)
At our former home in CO, there was a 2-car oversized garage which was occupied by (gasp) cars, as well as other stuff, plus a small shed that wasn't big enough for the kayak trailer OR long kayaks. At first, we stored the trailer outside for a few months.
Complete with a work shop with it's |
Posted by: JackL on Sep-24-13 9:10 AM (EST)
own dedicated 200 Amp service.
a suggestion for you|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-21-13 1:38 PM (EST)
You can put a roof & walls around it...|
Posted by: pikabike on Sep-22-13 12:58 AM (EST)
You can buy "instant" shelters designed for protecting cars or boats or RVs. They are sort of like carports, but with walls. No floors. Some of them are huge.
outdoors no a problem|
Posted by: magooch on Sep-23-13 11:28 AM (EST)
If you get a well built trailer, storing it outside shouldn't be a problem. I haul my kayaks on a flatbed utility trailer with removable bunks. I use the kayaks all year, and also use the trailer to haul firewood and other things, so it is never really stored. When the paint gets a little old, I just give it a quick sanding and apply a fresh coat from spray cans. It costs about two bucks for a new paint job. The bed is outdoor wood planks.
I keep mine outside too.|
Posted by: deuce on Sep-24-13 9:17 AM (EST)
It's really a multi-purpose rig that hauls raft(s), kayak(s), canoe(s) and varying amounts of camping gear depending on the size of the crew and length of the excursion. I'm not known for travelling light. My buddy keeps his raft in there. He has three pieces of plywood that he cut and routed to use as a deck and they fit perfectly over the top of the trailer. They keep the sun off the boats and if I need the stuff in there to be dry (rare) I just throw a tarp over it.
Sportsrig folds up against a wall|
Posted by: Bill_Stevenson on Sep-23-13 3:13 PM (EST)
The Sportsrig is a small trailer made for kayaks, bicycles and other light sports gear. It might solve your problem.
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Sep-25-13 8:35 AM (EST)
Bought in early 70's, always stored outside. Pretty sad now, time for it's demise.
Posted by: sweeper on Sep-25-13 5:25 PM (EST)
Outside on blocks, with boats on it, under a tarp.
I keep it in my boat barn|
Posted by: riverstrider on Sep-26-13 1:03 PM (EST)
I have a roughly 14'x22' barn that is open at each end. All of my canoes and kayaks are in it, either on racks on the side walls or overhead. There is room for me to store my trailer underneath the canoe racks. The trailer is handy to use in order to reach my canoes. And being open at both ends lets me just drive the car through in order to park the trailer, rather than having to back it in.