Two Canoes in Bed of Pickup?
Posted by: old_user on Jul-14-08 1:55 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
Has anyone tried transporting two canoes (each 16 ft long) in the bed of a truck with one overlapping the other? I have a bed extender that I think will allow me to do this. I just don't want to buy expensive racks to put onto my truck. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. Thanks
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Don't forget the red flags|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-14-08 3:10 PM (EST)
I haven't done two 16 footers|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-14-08 4:00 PM (EST)
But for short distances I often carry a 15' and 14' solo and I've carried a 17' canoe in the back as well. It's not bad with the shorter boats, but I wouldn't want to drive very far with the the longer canoe.
You don't need expensive racks...|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Jul-14-08 4:13 PM (EST)
GK had 3 kayaks in his pick-up|
Posted by: string on Jul-14-08 7:32 PM (EST)
this weekend. That was a load.
That ain't nuttin'|
Posted by: georgia_kayaker on Jul-15-08 2:09 PM (EST)
Do it all the time|
Posted by: zenrider on Jul-15-08 12:26 PM (EST)
I found I can tilt the canoes so the wheel wells go inside the hulls somewhat, with the bottoms of the canoes kissing each other at the center. Also, I frequently place one canoe to one side fully against the wheel well, then the canoe upside down, flat on the bed. Then lay the other at an angle resting on the first. I go anywhere any distance and I do it a lot. Got the same extend-a-bar set up I believe. And to top it all off, I sometimes throw a third one on the pile.
Posted by: old_user on Jul-16-08 7:54 AM (EST)
Thanks for the input. I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't thinking about doing something crazy. I'm first going to try laying both canoes in the bed of my truck the way the previous responder said. This will save me from buying the typical racks for the cab and bed that will cost around $500. It will also be a lot easier to load and unload the canoes from the bed.
Zenrider has the right idea...|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-17-08 3:27 PM (EST)
But to keep from ruining either of the canoes' finish I put some foam blocks at the contact points of the two canoes and strap everything in tight. When done properly you can drive 70 mph on the interstate without any problems. I don't worry about the gunwales on my canoes; since they're vinyl I consider them sacrificial. If hauling other folks canoes then I'll use extra foam at the gunwales/truckbed contact points. Either way, I've never lost or scratched a canoe while they were being transported in this manner.