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    Idea for kayak holder

    Hey everyone, I have a bit of a luxury problem. On my big lap, I like to carry a fishing kayak but I also have a roof top tent. As lazy as I am, I dont want to remove the kayak everytime when I want to use my roof top tent. So I came up with a rotatable kayak holder.

    I figured it might be good to brainstorm a bit before I am going to look for someone who can help me with making one.

    The idea I had is that the kayak is resting on a metal H- frame which is rotatable. During driving, the kayak will rest as well on the roof top tent to maximize the weight distribution. When i set camp, i de-strap the kayak ends, rotate the frame and strap it back. All the weight will now be on the H-frame but considering I am not moving, I think that should be fine?

    Enclosed a drawing. kayakholder.JPG
    Do you guys think something like this could work or do you have a better idea?

    thanks

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    Whats the combined weight of the RTT and Kyak,
    just by themselves?
    What style roof rack or bars are you using?
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    have to be careful the kyak doesnt rob through the tent when travelling
    maybe some sort of rubber matting that is glued single sided
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    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    Whats the combined weight of the RTT and Kyak,
    just by themselves?
    What style roof rack or bars are you using?
    The combined weight will be aprox 50kg. I have not bought a roof rack yet but I am looking at an aluminium full length one

    btw would you be able to make something like this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by my third 256 View Post
    have to be careful the kyak doesnt rob through the tent when travelling
    maybe some sort of rubber matting that is glued single sided
    good point, I was thinking of putting one of those swimming pool noodles in between

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    Depending on the style rack you buy, you could make like a lazy suzzane.
    Using a stub axle as the pivot. I've used this on my tyre hoist and thought it would help your
    Kyak holder. Very simple and finished I think the weight would be 10KG or there abouts.
    I'll put a rough drawing here later [soon]. In my idea it will hold the kyak clear of the RTT

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    I was wrong with the weights. It will be 40kg RTT + 25kg Kayak + x kg roof rack. I think I will go for steel because than it will be easy to mount something on there for the kayak. I think the lazy suzie idea might work. Just wondering if I should incorporate some bend mechanism to make loading easier, something like the t-load (http://www.roofracksgalore.com.au/kayak%20loaders.htm).

    Do you think weight will be an issue?

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