Hey you guys,
I just got a ten foot kayak and I'm looking for a way to transport it on my truck for cheap. I have a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac without crossbars. I have a budget of about $100. I looked into Yakima products and to get everything I need would cost more than my boat. I look forward to hearing some advice. Thanks guys.
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Posted by: Basstar on May-04-14 6:11 AM (EST)
Place a couple of pool noodles across the top of your truck as support for the kayak and to prevent scratching your vehicle.
If you're going on the highway...|
Posted by: muddycreek on May-04-14 7:03 AM (EST)
the pool noodle and straps thing will work fine, but
If you want to play,,,,|
Posted by: JackL on May-04-14 6:41 AM (EST)
you got to pay !
save and shop used|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-04-14 7:15 AM (EST)
Pool noodles or foam pads are fine in a pinch. But doing this regularly, you've likely to damage your truck roof.
Posted by: magooch on May-04-14 11:09 AM (EST)
Just shove it inside and let it hang out the back.
Posted by: SwimGuy on May-06-14 12:17 AM (EST)
Thanks for all the advice but I'm pretty much just going with magooch's idea. I'm opening the rear window of my truck and sticking the front part of the kayak in there and then strapping down the back to make sure it doesn't go anywhere. Though I plan using the foam noodles to cushion the spots where the kayak comes in contact with the truck. Thanks again you guys.
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-06-14 10:46 AM (EST)
If you can get a good part of te boat inside your truck - you're all set.
Posted by: Ted_from_Crockett_CA on May-06-14 4:57 AM (EST)
If you are going to just stick the 'yak in the back of a truck then make sure it's tied down, and that it
Posted by: SwimGuy on May-06-14 8:16 AM (EST)
Yeh I've been meaning to check on that. Thanks for the reminder.
Posted by: jeffers on May-07-14 10:46 AM (EST)
you can find ladder racks or hitch extenders on craigslist and ebay for under $100. I think I paid like $50 for 2 ladder racks on ebay when I use to use a 4 door Dakota and it worked great.
Posted by: SwimGuy on May-07-14 7:13 PM (EST)
I really like the ladder racks idea. I might use it if I ever need to transport more than one kayak.
Posted by: B.inboats on May-08-14 12:22 AM (EST)
Where are you located? I may have a deal for you. Does a Yakima Outdoorsman fit your truck bed?
Posted by: SwimGuy on May-08-14 4:15 PM (EST)
I'm located in Central Louisiana. And I think it may.
pay a little more|
Posted by: soflanut on May-08-14 4:25 PM (EST)