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DesertHiker

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Posted: 06/20/20 07:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone rigged up a kayak to the back ladder of your trailer or motorhome for transport? Advice?


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Posted: 06/20/20 08:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How much does the kayak weigh? Most RV ladders are rated for a max of 300 lbs. static. The kayak bouncing down the road is going to put several times its weight on whatever it is mounted on. I have seen, however, several examples of kayak racks made specifically for that purpose with supports welded to the frame rails underneath - much safer setup.

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Posted: 06/20/20 09:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kayak weight would not be anb issue. Wind resistance mayt be. I would put opening facing back and give it a try


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Posted: 06/20/20 10:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Second Chance wrote:

How much does the kayak weigh? Most RV ladders are rated for a max of 300 lbs. static. The kayak bouncing down the road is going to put several times its weight on whatever it is mounted on. I have seen, however, several examples of kayak racks made specifically for that purpose with supports welded to the frame rails underneath - much safer setup.

Rob


Hmmm, yes, that is good counsel, I know I can do an independent rack. Maybe not a perfect idea. The kayak weighs 33 pounds.

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Posted: 06/21/20 01:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

strapping kayak to back of travel trailer

Strapping kayak to travel trailer ladder

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If the ladder is rated for 300 pounds and the kayak weighs 33 pounds then you would require a 9G jolt/bounce to approach your ladder's limit. That is about where a fighter pilot in a G Suit typically passes out in flight. So if you're putting (G stress in your RV on a regular basis I'd be more worried about the RV as a whole than a kayak on your ladder.

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am1958 wrote:

If the ladder is rated for 300 pounds and the kayak weighs 33 pounds then you would require a 9G jolt/bounce to approach your ladder's limit. That is about where a fighter pilot in a G Suit typically passes out in flight. So if you're putting (G stress in your RV on a regular basis I'd be more worried about the RV as a whole than a kayak on your ladder.


Our inflatable kayak weighs more than 33 lbs. and our son's 2-person kayaks weigh a lot more. I wasn't expecting a kayak that lite.

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Second Chance wrote:

am1958 wrote:

If the ladder is rated for 300 pounds and the kayak weighs 33 pounds then you would require a 9G jolt/bounce to approach your ladder's limit. That is about where a fighter pilot in a G Suit typically passes out in flight. So if you're putting (G stress in your RV on a regular basis I'd be more worried about the RV as a whole than a kayak on your ladder.


Our inflatable kayak weighs more than 33 lbs. and our son's 2-person kayaks weigh a lot more. I wasn't expecting a kayak that lite.

Rob


I don’t know quite what that means, but I think I will stay with my 2-piece kayak that will fit inside, or purchase a rack designEd for the task! Thanks.

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