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Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak #13134144 04/25/19 03:05 PM
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I am planning to buy a pickup and wondering if a 5 Feet bed (6'8'' with tailgate down) is long enough to secure a 10-feet Kayak. Or should I go for 6-feet bed or longer??
Please advise it. Thanks in advance.

Mike

Re: Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak [Re: DNA] #13134194 04/25/19 03:40 PM
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A long bed would really be optimal for this, but i've never had an issue loading a 12'+ kayak in a short bed pickup, as long as your gear is secured firmly & safely. Make sure the truck your buying has tie down points in the bed, the lower on the bed the better from my experience. Obviously you will want a red flag of some sort to display for the rear of the kayak since it will be extending out past the tailgate, I have a friend with a mid size truck (short bed) that utilizes the cab of his truck and his tailgate in the up/or closed position with foam blocks to transport his 14' kayak without any issues. Malone and other similar companies sell a T-Bone style bed extender that plugs into your trailer hitch and makes transport a breeze. Just a couple options, I am sure some of the other members will have more recommendations.


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Re: Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak [Re: DNA] #13134216 04/25/19 04:07 PM
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You will have no issues with a 3' overhang. I haul my PA14 in a short bed with a T-Bone extender with no issues. As Yakfishin said, at a minimum, you need to fly a red flag... although I feel much more comfortable with a break/running light.

If you elect to go with a T-Bone, you can rig a couple lights directly to each side of the T-Bone because your 10' yak will not extend more than 12" to 18" beyond the T-Bone.


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Here is a link to a solution that Tallgrass came up with. His is better than mine because it has two lights (it's brighter and has blinker functionality)

https://texasfishingforum.com/forum...-hauling-kayak-in-truck-bed#Post13087075

Re: Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak [Re: DNA] #13134287 04/25/19 04:53 PM
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Folks,

Thanks for your comments and suggestion. Have a nice weekend.

Mike

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I haul a 15 foot kayak with a bed extender in the back of my 5.5 foot truck bed. I did create a light rig when transporting which has tail/turn/stop capabilities to make sure I'm legal going down the road. [Linked Image]
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Re: Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak [Re: DNA] #13134461 04/25/19 07:30 PM
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Get the truck you want and get a bed extender, they are cheap. Personally, I would not want more than a few feet of unsupported kayak weight bouncing around.


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Re: Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak [Re: DNA] #13137669 04/29/19 01:58 AM
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Currently hauling a 13’ kayak in a 5’8” bed no problem. No extender needed. Hauled it and another 12’ kayak a few weeks ago as well with no issues.

Re: Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak [Re: DNA] #13140178 05/01/19 02:01 AM
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I haul my Coosa HD which is 12' 8" I think in a short bed Ram 1500...no issues so far

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Re: Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak [Re: DNA] #13142552 05/03/19 03:11 AM
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I have a 5-1/2' bed on my crew cab. I haul my 11-1/2' Ride in it legally, with no lights. I put it in with the nose in 1 corner, and it hangs out of the bed less than 4' beyond the back of the bumper. I use a bed extender when I haul my 14' Commander, and I have lights installed on the bed extender. You can put a flag on the back of the kayak if it sticks out of the back more than 4'. But only in the daytime. You must have lights at night.


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With the tailgate down - yes.

Re: Is a 5-Feet-bed long enough for a 10-feet Kayak [Re: DNA] #13301741 10/04/19 06:32 PM
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Thanks for your all comments and suggestion. Finally got the truck and tried loading the kayak. No issues. Thanks again.

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Check Craigslist often and you may find a rack for from time to time. With this system hauling multiples or any length isn’t a issue. Also saves your bed space .


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