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anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

i am looking for some ideas on how to haul some kayaks around with the jeep (besides using a trailer). i am guessing that i will end up with them strapped across the roll bar somehow, but i was just curious if anyone else has done this and if you have any suggestions. (and pics are always good too)

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Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

I just strap mine between the spreader bars to the front hoop. Of course, I can only do it with the top off.
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Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

I put a towel on the windshield frame and set it across the frame and roll bar. I bungee it to the roll bar and then tie the ends down. I also do the same thing with the hardtop on with the exception of no towel and no middle bungee.
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Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

no problems with the windshield supporting it? i wasn't sure if i would need to make a brace or loop type support to help take the weight. how far do you transport them like this?

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Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

I carried an Old Town discovery 169 (16'9") canoe this way for 3 hours, 2 of which were on the freeway at 65-70. It's not that much weight. The wind hitting the windshield puts more load on it than the boats can.
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Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

I would think it would depend on your kayak. My girlfriend works at a kayak store, and there are all sorts of solution if you feel like buying something.
with that in mind how would you do it otherwise?
I've seen home-fab wood solutions with carpeting, the store itself has a setup like that for their truck.
Keep in mind what it's made out of, if you've got a plastic boat you won't have too much of a problem, but a nice fiberglass or kevlar boat will have to have a lot less contact with the metal.
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Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

I have the same canoe (Old Town Discovery 169). I hauled it around most every weekend last summer on top of my Jeep. Never had any trouble. It's good to see that people all across the country are using Old Town's. I love mine.
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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.
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Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

JEEP_1,
do you have any pics of your rack system? i am going to be doing alot of kayaking this summer, so i am trying to figure out how to manage this. thanks

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Re: anyone haul kayaks with their jeep?

I will see if I can find some pics from the last trip or two. Basically the rack is like the ones in the catalogs without the cage on top of it. It mounts to the windshield hinge and behind the rear taillights. I made mine out of 1" square tubing. I also had one for topless days (the Jeep) that used muffler clamps to clamp down on the roll bars to provide two bars that run across the Jeep I used round stock so that it could use the Yakima accessories. For local runs without the top on a kayak carried across the roll bar and windshield work fine (remember the padding) Also if you get caught in a rainstorm you can wear your gear : ) Are you anywhere near the Yough?
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