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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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How do you carry one? I am inheriting a 16' Old Town canoe this summer (and maybe a Chestnut canvas in a year or two) and I am wondering how I should carry it on my Screw with the 6.5' bed when I have the travel trailer hooked up. I have thought about the bed racks but that would leave about half the canoe unsupported over the cab. I don't think I can move it rearwards too much with the travel trailer we are looking at. If I use a roof rack on the cab with a bed rack upright, would chassis flex cause me problems where the canoe is tied down to the cab and the bed?
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can you mount it to the roof of the travel trailer ?



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I would ask the same thing, how about mounting it on top of the trailer?

Ever if you have to use a bed rack, I have seen many guys do that with a 12 footer, never a 16 though. Could be tricky with the trailer as well. Might be better off to sell the 16 and get a shorter one!

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/thule-997.html Just an idea...

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hauling it up and down on the trailer is not really what I want to be doing. It would be different if it was once a year I was doing it but it could be every other weekend. The truck would be a lot easier. And because of that I'm thinking it will be something like this

or this


I'm just concerened about the chassis flex causing problems with the canoes especially where they are so long and one of them a 30 year old wood canvas. If anyone has done it I'd like to hear about their experiences
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You can get a mount that goes into the class 3 hitch I'll have to see if i can find a link

http://www.prolineracks.com/weston-c...31-0901-w.html

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I've seen those but I am using the rear hitch. I suppose I could get a receiver in the hole of the front bumper...and get my local metal guy to fab something up.
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I have seen a few guys out in BC with the reciever in the front bumper. Shouldn't be too hard to weld one up.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-03-2011, 10:52 PM
 
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I like the rack position in you first picture.Simple fix for my '99 F150 was to switch the bolts in the tailgate liner for 1-1/2 and used electrical conduit from Home Depot to make a frame somewhat like in the picture.Never had any trouble with flexing or twisting,just gotta watch where the branches are hitting the frame so's it doesn't get bent out of shape..
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Second pic is the way to go. Works as a sun block and you can keep your eye on the canoe in the event of strapping failure. Forward vision is also less restricted than the first pic.

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