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 Post subject: Homemade Kayak Trailer
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:02 pm 

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Recently purchased kayaks for myself and the family. Needed a better way to haul them around so I bought a used aluminum PWC trailer and modified to carrie all three yaks and more. Works great. Pulled it around town today for a test run. I checked for contact with truck by slowly backing into a jackknife and it clears easily on both sides. This was a concern of mine during construction.[/img]


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:23 pm 
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Looks great! Do they stay pretty still? I may have to copy your setup. What size yaks are those?


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 Post subject: Kayaks are very steady...
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:38 pm 

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Manta Ray in the middle is a 14', Prowler is 13' and the Malibu 2 XL is 13'


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:49 pm 
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i sometimes wish mine was aluminum, mine weights atleast 300 lbs no kayaks, but mine was FREE!!!! just a few mods. I can Jackknife mine and there was a couple of times i needed it....Great Looking Trailer





something about me i love looking at trailers, maybe its the man in me, my wife just donsent get it :D


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:08 pm 

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Thanks, I know what you mean. I looked at used trailers for a while before I made my decision. I almost passed on the Al trailer thinking it would be to short but I wanted something smallish, easy to move around and easy to store so I took a chance that I could make it work. It is tongue-heavy, as it should be, but I can easily move the trailer with kayaks and equipment by hand. I had to invent the contraptions that connect the Yakima bars to the trailer rails. They work perfectly.

I still look at used trailers(online) even though I don't need one anymore. My wife doesn't get it either, she just accepts it.[/img]


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:25 pm 

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phil413tx wrote:
Looks great! Do they stay pretty still? I may have to copy your setup. What size yaks are those?

If you need more info on materials/construction I guess you can PM me. I am new to this forum so not sure how things work here.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:37 am 

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I would be caucious when using the PVC setup as my main rack support systems. You have to remember that the kayaks are like huge sails that catch the 70+ mph wind loads when going down the highway.

Other than that, sweet setup!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:55 am 
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dr_love2112 wrote:
mine weights atleast 300 lbs no kayaks,


Yours is light weight. Mine weighs 1,100 pounds empty and remains solidly on the highway when an 18-wheeler passes me going the other way. Designed for 20 kayaks plus gear.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:32 pm 
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man thats a nice looking trailer if you dont mind me copinying you id like to build one like that how long is your triailer and what is the weight of it


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 Post subject: Trailer
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:20 am 

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NICE JOB! How does it ride down the road? I'm curious because I just completed a very similar trailer to yours, except I used a 4x8 Utility trailer. Do crosswinds or wind blast from on-coming trucks affect the trailer very much? I hope to have pics of mine posted after this weekend.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:08 pm 
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Aluminum, cool. Curious where you came across the trailer that you started with? Thanks...G


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 Post subject: Re: Trailer
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:28 pm 

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Do crosswinds or wind blast from on-coming trucks affect the trailer very much? I hope to have pics of mine posted after this weekend.[/quote]

I have not experience a close encounter with an 18 wheeler as of yet. I am somewhat curious myself. If I have problems I have some relatively flat zincs that wiegh about 60-70lbs a piece with bolt flanges that I will bolt to the trailer just forward of the axle. This along with lowering the tongue with a drop-down hitch, I'm thinking, would help correct the lack of stability.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:31 pm 

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Kingz wrote:
Aluminum, cool. Curious where you came across the trailer that you started with? Thanks...G


I found the trailer on Craigs List.

Rob


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