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Old 06-30-2011, 04:48 AM   #1
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Default Utility/Kayak trailer!

As my fleet grows, I had to find a place to store them. I had a small utility trailer that got me to thinking. I decided to build a wooden frame that could be lifted off the trailer when I needed to haul general junk. Two bolts and wing nuts keep the rack on the trailer. The bottom frame of the rack nestles snuggly in the top of the utility trailer. The storage box holds all my yak gear and has a hasp that can be locked. All thats left to do it to put some carpet on the contact points. I need to buy a longer tounge, or extend this one to tow properly. It's 6' between the uprights. I even have room for a fourth yak on top!





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Nicely done!
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:56 AM   #3
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Very clever solution. Nice work!
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No blasting me! I know this thread is 5 years old!

Looking for pictures of how utility trailers can be customized for hauling 2 kayaks. I just bought a used 5x8 trailer with a drop gate to carry 2 Current Designs Kestral 120's. (12')
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No blasting me! I know this thread is 5 years old!

Looking for pictures of how utility trailers can be customized for hauling 2 kayaks. I just bought a used 5x8 trailer with a drop gate to carry 2 Current Designs Kestral 120's. (12')
I guess if you acknowledge that the thread is 5 years old, then nobody can blast you; you should be complimented on your searching skills.

How tall is the drop gate? Is it removable? Unless you can remove it, you would have to build a silly-tall frame to get the boats above the gate. If you can remove it, you could fashion some netting to keep stuff from falling out (or fashion a lower gate) and, if you have side walls or rails, just fashion two cross bars out of wood or metal, attach them to the side rails (permanently or temporarily), and strap the boats to the cross bars.

If the trailer is only 5' wide, you might be able to strap the boats to the outside of the side rails, but I suspect that your tires/fenders might be in the way, and I am not sure of the legal issues of extending laterally so much. That is a local law question.......

pics might help.
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I'll take a couple of pictures later today.

The drop gate will hinge forward enough that it lies below the side rails but not flat. It is not removable. I could always rest the yaks on the gate while up with the noses lower to the front of the trailer. They would stick out a bit though. I could also install a couple of wood cross bars with u-bolts and run with the gate folded forward. I drive a Sequoia so space isn't a big issue.
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5x10 utility trailer. Added chain link fence rails and left over pieces from that to make the kayak rails. The trailer has a fold down gate which is removed here to allow the length of the yaks to hang out the back of the trailer. Large pipe insulation cushions the yaks.
Two of my yaks are 12' and 14' respectively, so part hangs off front and back of trailer. All the horizontal rails are removable so the trailer can be used as a normal hauling trailer.
Works great.
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Thanks CAP1. That's the type of setup I envision. Do you have a picture of the mechanism you used to make the crossbars removable?

Here are a couple of pictures of the trailer with the gate up and down.


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I am retrofitting an old boat trailer with a 4 kayak rack. I'll post pics when I finish. That look pretty cool.
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Sprockets, PM sent.
It's all male/female ends to chain link fence top rail, and some 90 degree corner pieces to form removable top rail the kays sit on for transport.
I'll try to get some more and close up pix.
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Sprockets, PM sent.
It's all male/female ends to chain link fence top rail, and some 90 degree corner pieces to form removable top rail the kays sit on for transport.
I'll try to get some more and close up pix.
Thanks for the PM! Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

When I went to Home Depot I didn't see any 90 degree connectors that I could use for the top rail. I'd like to see what you used.
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there is another forum, Texas Kayak Fisherman, all one word that has a lot of kayak trailer ideas.
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Converted one of my kayak trailers to carry my 2 Pro Anglers. Ready for this weekend.
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This is one I built using an old jonboat trailer. I changed the wheels from 8" to 12" and the kayak rack itself can be removed by taking off 12 bolts. It can carry 2 yaks on the bottom and you can slide on the top rack to carry 2 more. Rods sit in rod holders between the kayaks. Just got back from a Keys trip and it worked great.
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^^^ Very nice work!

How did you attach the risers to the frame?
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I assume you are asking about the second level? That is 1" square tubing welded into 1.75" tubing. It slides down into the 2" uprights and is held in by hitch pins. They are removable and caps can be put in the uprights to keep water out. The 2" square upright is welded onto the horizontal pieces and is reinforced with pieces of 2x2 angle. My welding skills are not great so thank goodness for a grinder and paint. They're ugly but strong.

The whole thing is probably over-engineered but it is very sturdy and really not very heavy.
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I'm upgrading trailers to one of these.
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