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How Can We Carry Two Kayaks On Our RV?

by Kurt
(Broomfield, CO)

We have a fifth wheel and would like to carry our two double kayaks. Does anyone manufacture or has anyone improvised a rack to go over the cab of the truck?

ANSWER: Greetings Kurt thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

I am not aware of any Kayak Racks that would work on a pickup truck pulling a 5th Wheel Trailer. However there are two companies that manufacture Kayak Racks that can be attached to the rear of a motorhome, travel trailer or 5th wheel trailer. Both of these vertical racks can carry two Kayaks. The links to those companies are below: reminde, both of the links below open in a new window so turn off your pop-up blocker.

Rv Raxx.com. Their RV Kayak Rack can carry two Kayaks up to 10 feet long.

rvkayakrack.com. Their Kayak Rack can carry two Kayaks up to 11 feet long.

I am not sure if these would accommodate your Double Kayaks.

I am sure there are other RVers out there that haul their Kayaks when camping and I would be interested to find out how they do it. So if you are an RVing Kayaker, please feel free to leave a comment on this page by clicking on the "Click Here To Post A Comment Link" located near the bottom of this page and let us know how you carry your Kayaks on your camping trips.

Happy RVing

RVing Al

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Kayak rack alternative
by: Anonymous


Thule Goalpost


Another option is to install a 2" receiver on the front of your tow vehicle, then purchase a Thule Goalpost. One end of the kayak rests on the goalpost and the other on a single roof rack. My kayaks are 13' long and this system works fine while towing my fifth wheel.

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Are you also towing a vehicle behind your RV?
by: Ladybuglv

Rv kayak racks does have vertical racks for class a, but their faqs state you can then not also tow a vehicle

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Carrying Kayaks on fifth wheel
by: Anonymous

With a fifth wheel setup you allowed to pull a boat or in this case a kayak trailer behind the fifth wheel with a hitch setup. You would have to check the length restrictions of total vehicle length for your state to see if this would be an option for you.

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RV Kayak Racks
by: Anonymous

I have seen many of the RV vertical Kayak Racks on the road. They look great!

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346flr
by: Dean

We had gone round & round about this and we have always had travel trailers and put the Kayaks up on top of the truck/camper shell. Then we seen the Open Range 346flr. It's a front living room 5th wheel and we have two 12ft kayaks in the underbelly and room for three bicycles. It's about 10,500 lbs and 37.11ft... it was one month and two days old and got rear ended in Michigan, no one hurt thank God and even the bikes are fine but the 5er is in reality bad shape.

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Kayak Carrier
by: Anonymous

Hi Kurt, you say "double" kayaks, as in 2 seater, is that right?

I haven't seen one for a double, but it can depend on the length of your kayaks. We have 2-8 1/2 ft kayaks that weigh about 40 lbs each. They're river/lake kayaks. We use the Thule Hullavator on the cab of our Dodge 3500 crew cab. We tow a travel trailer. Here is a video that might help...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pi90FXW4JA

There are several companies that offer a carrier for a 2" receiver, that are mention above. I am leery about putting anything on the back of our trailer due to vibration, but that's just me!

Hope this helps.

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RV kayak rack.com
by: AnonymousBob

We purchased our double kayak/bicyclle rack from RVKAYAKRACK.COM. It is so stable and easy to use on our class c RV. We have taken many trips and are very satisfied with the way it handles and the quality of the materials. We highly reccomend this rack to all fellow kayakers and cyclists.

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plans?
by: GigaGuy

laliwheels: Can you send me the plans and/or pics on how to build?

roy.king(at)gmail(dot)com

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a rack for trucks with 5th wheel trailers
by: Anonymous

Check out this link...
http://www.usrack.com/fifth_wheel_rack_heavy_duty.php

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Kayak & Bike carriers
by: squirrel

Does anyone have pics or directions on how to build your own kayak & bike carriers?




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Fifth Wheel Kayak and bike carriers
by: Anonymous

All you need is to add a class three 2" receiver tube properly on the rear of your Fifth wheel, and you can carry two kayaks and 2 bikes at once.

The all steel frame KR2B56 model will work and is on several fifth wheels. Available at RV Kayak Racks.Com This standard rack fits up to a 30" wide and 11' long Kayaks. Custom racks for wider kayaks are also available.

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5th wheel Kayak rack
by: laliwheels

we just built one to fit both of our kayaks. We have two that we wanted to take with us and couldn't figure out how. So we built one. I can send you a picture if you would like

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There is a way
by: Anonymous

Mounting Kayaks on a truck pulling a fifth wheel,
involves adding a 2' receiver to the front of the truck. Usually these mount on or with the tow hooks. These can be purshased from several hitch receiver manufactures (bodiak, Curt, Draw-TITE, etc.).

Next you will need a kayak receiver mount. It is like a large letter "T". These can be purchased from either Thule or Yakima.

Next you will need a cross bar and towers to mount on top of the cab. These too can be purchased from either Thule or Yakima.

Lastly you will need kayak mounts of your choice to go on the cross bars.

I have several friends who carry their kayaks this way while towing a fifth wheel.

Good luck
Daniel

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