Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?
I have been hauling numerous kayaks around for years with my Jeeps. If you do haul it across the windshield and roll bar remember to pad the windshield frame, it will protect your kayak from abrasion in front of the cockpit where it will rest on the frame. Also, some people use bungee cords with sucess but at higway speeds the kayak will try to rise up, not a good thing. Also, someone will let one slip and you will have to paddle the river with one eye also not a good thing. Do your self a favor and use straps. Most of the kayak shops sell them fairly cheep or most hardware stores for that matter. If you plan to kayak alot or carry numerous kayaks around your best bet is a rack. Please no flames, my rack does not carry off road equipment, lights, tires, jerry cans or anything else for that matter (except paddling gear and an occasional mountain bike or two) so I am not top heavy while wheeling. I have carried as many as 6 kayaks on my Jeep on the way from Ohio to West Virginia so a rack was the only option. I also use uprights to carry the boats on thier side so I can stuff more up there. Since space is also an issue remember to stuff as much of your boating gear in the boat and use a cockpit cover to hold it in it will by you more storage than you would think. I hope some of this helps.