|Buying a truck for carrying my kayaks
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|Author:||Zarimy [ Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:14 am ]|
|Post subject:||Buying a truck for carrying my kayaks|
So I've been carrying my kayaks on my station wagon roof rack and apart from tiredness when I'm out with my two sons, it's been working well. Lately, the need for a pick-up truck has come up and now I'm thinking about how I would transport my kayaks (up to three) in the bed of a pick-up truck. I have never owned a pick-up truck before so pardon my ignorance as I ask for advice and your feedback on my thoughts:
I would need to buy a used pick up truck that has at least an extended cab with the jump seats in the rear. Having said that, how long of a truck bed do I need to carry 12 - 13-foot kayaks?
The smaller pick ups seem to have about 5 ft long beds and with the tail gate down, would I be correct to say there would be about a 7 ft long floor where the kayak could sit on? If so, would that be enough?
I searched previous posts on this subject and it seems that some buy a bed extender that connects to a hitch. How much more support do you get in length with a hitch connected bed extender? And is it necessary?
Also, how do you guys secure your kayaks while driving when the tailgate is down?
Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations on pick up trucks? Preferably automatic and it doesn't have to be AWD/4 X 4. I'm looking to spend up to $5k.
Many thanks in advance for your advice and input.
|Author:||Blackbird [ Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:06 am ]|
|Post subject:||Re: Buying a truck for carrying my kayaks|
You can easily extend the length of the truck with an extension bar off of the tow hitch.
I carry up to 3 kayaks in the bed of my truck do exactly that.
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