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My longest kayak is 15' and with a short bed on my truck it will stick out 9.5' past my tail lights; 5 of those feet past my bed extender. So even with lights on the extender I always kept one eye on the rear view mirror because there is still quite a bit of kayak overhang. I decided to build build a setup which placed some lights at the end of the kayak and complied as best as I could interpret the Transportation Code Sec. 547.382.

I used 3/4" PVC, some electrical conduit fittings, LED lights, a 12" x 12" red flag, flat black paint, reflector decals, and a TKF sticker to build the light rig. All of my kayaks have rudders so I utilized the rudder mount to affix the rear portion of the rig after removing the rudder and cables. Since my longest kayak overhangs the bed extender by 5 feet I made the PVC frame just over 5 feet in length so that the strap securing my kayak to bed extender also holds down the light rig. The width in between the PVC is wider than the tankwell so if I choose leave a milk crate or cooler while traveling I can still fit my light rig. The rear LED's are one of the smallest, red, 3-wire lights on the market which allow for brake and turn signals. I then used small, round, red and amber marker lights on the side. The PVC and conduit fittings let me cleanly wire everything within the PVC, except for the 8 foot jacket cable running to my truck's trailer lights plug. I thought it worked great on its maiden trip to Rockport this past weekend.
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A couple more pics of how it mounts , internal wiring, and approximate cost break down. I didn't realize it cost so much, but I had to buy everything as I didn't even have electrical connectors lying around. Still, I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out. It's lightweight, low profile, easy to put on/pull off, and just an overall clean look (IMO). You could probably built it a little cheaper if you have stuff lying around, but I'm not sure how much more as the LED's and wire were the bulk of the cost.
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I like. I used a slightly different solution for my similar issue. My yak hangs well beyond my truck bed and/or my trailer.

I fixed 2 12" red LED strips to each side of the back of my yak to give me a running and a brake/turn light on each side. I run then from my trucks 4 pin and I added a 4 pin to my trailer as well.

I'll edit in a pic on Monday.

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Dred wrote:I like. I used a slightly different solution for my similar issue. My yak hangs well beyond my truck bed and/or my trailer.

I fixed 2 12" red LED strips to each side of the back of my yak to give me a running and a brake/turn light on each side. I run then from my trucks 4 pin and I added a 4 pin to my trailer as well.

I'll edit in a pic on Monday.

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Attaching LED's to the kayak is a great option. My issue is I own multiple kayaks of varying length, so I needed a solution which allowed plug-n-play. Post up your pics, I'm sure it'll help others out.
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