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#11049246 - 08/18/15 01:23 PM Transporting Kayak on SUV
randomraiderttu Offline
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Registered: 08/07/15
Posts: 7
Hey guys, new Kayaker here...or soon to be. Bought an Ascend FS128T and am just waiting on getting the paddle and PFD and everything to tackle the maiden voyage. Got it home in friend's truck.

With that said, I'm having some trouble feeling comfortable transporting my kayak on my Jeep Grand Cherokee. I ordered some crossbars for my roof rails and have them installed. I've got two tow hooks on the front of the vehicle that I can tie the bow to in addition to strapping it down on the crossbars. My problem is that I don't have any place on the rear of the vehicle to run a line down and anchor the stern. I don't have a hitch..it's all just glorified plastic back there. For those of you that are putting your kayak on racks, do you always anchor both front and back or is it just added protection? The bow rope should prevent the kayak from slipping backwards. The only thing I can think of to anchor it from slipping forward is to maybe put a rope through one of the scuppers and attach it to the roof crossbar. I'm a little worried about putting that added pressure on it but that is my only option at this point.

Really just looking for advice from this community as I'm sure there are those that have been down this avenue before. If I go with a J rack setup, does it still require anchoring bow/stern?

Any info is appreciated. Looking forward to joining the kayak navy.

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#11049278 - 08/18/15 01:39 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
jasoniam Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 1159
Loc: Bedford
when i had my suv i just tied down both ends of the rails and it held fine long distances worked fine as well!!!
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#11049474 - 08/18/15 02:51 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
Mark Ray Offline
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Registered: 05/06/10
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Loc: Arlington, TX
I would bow and stern anchor no matter what I used to haul it. Unless of course when I put it inside my yukon like I used to do for bass tourneys. Just layed all the seats down and the front passenger all the way back and ran that big old fish n dive from the front window to the back.
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#11049840 - 08/18/15 05:24 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15248
Loc: South Texas
I've got an older model 98 Grand Cherokee and I use the factory roof racks.
I padded the bars and just lay the straps over the kayak and around the rack bar and cinch it down. I also tie the bow with a strap attached under the front bumper. I have a hitch so the rear is no problem.
Short distances I don't put the rear strap on.
I've never had any problems even after traveling at highway speeds with the kayak becoming loose.
After lashing down the kayak and if you are still queezy about carrying the kayak on the roof open both rear doors and run a strap all the way around the kayak and through the open doors and cinch it down, then close the doors. The kayak isn't going to go anywhere!


Edited by Jimbo (08/18/15 05:30 PM)
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#11050752 - 08/19/15 08:57 AM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
bert Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
Posts: 2141
Loc: Garland, TX, USA
See if you have access to hook it on the frame in the rear, look at some videos for installing drop hitches and they might show some openings in the frame you can hook to.
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#11050755 - 08/19/15 09:00 AM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
bert Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
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Loc: Garland, TX, USA
FYI, I used to put mine on top of my FJCruiser if the cross bars spread enough to get 1/3 the length of the kayak inside the straps I did not use nose/tail unless I was going on the highway for a long distance.
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#11050758 - 08/19/15 09:01 AM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
randomraiderttu Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/07/15
Posts: 7
Thanks for the replies guys. I've looked under the rear of the vehicle and there just isn't anything to hook onto. I'm slowly coming to the realization that I'm about to add a drop hitch to the Jeep. It's $115 I didn't intend to spend, but what good is a kayak if you can't transport it safely to the lake/river? smile

Of course, as I start thinking about adding a hitch...I start thinking about "how much would a trailer run me?"....I get the sensation that I'm on a slope of some kind...and it is awfully slippery smile

I opted for the FS128T...and that thing isn't light by any stretch, so loading/unloading is likely to become a chore in and of itself.

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#11051002 - 08/19/15 11:04 AM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
Mark Ray Offline
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Registered: 05/06/10
Posts: 14419
Loc: Arlington, TX
I got a sweet little 2 kayak trailer for sale. But I warn you, if you get that you will be wanting to buy another kayak before you know it...
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#11051048 - 08/19/15 11:22 AM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15248
Loc: South Texas
A Hobie Pro Angler would fit nicely on that trailer that could go behind that new hitch!
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#11051177 - 08/19/15 12:06 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
Capt Jerry Offline
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 241
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
I use the Yamika Evenkeel saddles on my crossbars on my 4Runner. https://www.yakima.com/evenkeel

I then use two straps around the kayak, and a rope on the front and on the tail (but I do not think the tail rope is needed, I just do it for insurance). The straps keep it very secure! I highly recommend the Yakima saddles.

Now, if I could just figure a way to get the heavy kayak up on the roof more easily (I am getting too old)!!

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#11051372 - 08/19/15 01:29 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: Capt Jerry]
J Barlow Offline
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Registered: 05/02/06
Posts: 291
Loc: Richardson
Here you go.


Edited by J Barlow (08/19/15 01:29 PM)
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#11051547 - 08/19/15 02:35 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: J Barlow]
bert Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
Posts: 2141
Loc: Garland, TX, USA
Originally Posted By: J Barlow
Here you go.


My wife has one on top of her Sequoia and loads her 15 1/2 foot Zephyr by herself with no problem.
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#11051739 - 08/19/15 03:49 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
JJ4MEL Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 958
Loc: McKinney, TX
I drive a Ford Explorer and have been transporting kayaks on the roof racks for 10 years with no problems. I normally will buy a large pool noodle and cut it in half and put the kayak on top with no bow or stern anchoring. However, now my 12 year old daughter has a kayak and transporting 2 kayaks on the SUV is impossible without buying expensive saddles. So I too am in the market for a small converted Harbor Freight type of trailer. Many times you can find those cheaper than Yakima roof racks, etc.

Plus after an all day paddle, the last thing I want to do is lift the kayak by myself on to the roof.

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#11051935 - 08/19/15 05:08 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
randomraiderttu Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 08/07/15
Posts: 7
That Thule assist carrier looks pretty awesome. However, I bought OEM racks for my Jeep, so i'd be back to square one with that. My dad is getting a kayak too and we're wanting to head to to Lower Mountain Fork for some trout fishing...so really, getting a trailer is probably something that was in the long term anyway. The harbor freight trailers look pretty enticing. My dad is a welder, so buying it and augmenting it to fit our needs is well within the cards. For now, I'm thinking...buy a hitch...get some pool noodles, put it on the racks, anchor it front and back and save up a little to ultimately get the trailer set up to make this easier.

Again, that FS128T is just under 100 pounds. Probably after a few trips of loading this on the roof of my Jeep...I imagine the cost/benefit for that trailer is going to tilt significantly into the "buy" spectrum.

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#11051988 - 08/19/15 05:39 PM Re: Transporting Kayak on SUV [Re: randomraiderttu]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15248
Loc: South Texas
Originally Posted By: randomraiderttu


Again, that FS128T is just under 100 pounds. Probably after a few trips of loading this on the roof of my Jeep...I imagine the cost/benefit for that trailer is going to tilt significantly into the "buy" spectrum.


That causes my back to hurt just reading that! OMG
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