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 Post subject: DIY Kayak Trailer
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:54 am 
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Harbor Freight 40" x 48" trailer w/ 12" wheels ($229). For the tongue extension I bought a 9' piece of square steel tube ($40) from the local metal shop. Removed the standard extension and drilled matching holes in the new piece. I still have to sand, prime and paint the new extension. The keel sits on a V-block from West Marine. The bow end sits on one of those basic foam kayak blocks from the local shop. A couple straps cinch it all down.

It's worked very well so far. I can wheel it fully loaded into the back yard no problem and it fits through a standard double gate. I used it to haul a stove up to Gainesville recently – 75mph, no problems. We'll see how long it lasts. If I can get a couple years out of it until I'm ready for a new truck that's all I'm looking for.

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Thats cute Jay.

No really, that's nice. Can I make a suggestion? Put some kind of fiberglass rod on the back or front of the kayak so you can see (maybe you can already) when backing up.

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Very nicely done!


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It's all Photoshopped right? :lol:

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teamshaft3 wrote:
It's all Photoshopped right? :lol:

No, that's as real as it gets. BTW, have you met my friend Mr. Smith?

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Yup. He's got your smile.

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Good Job Wippersnapper.........

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Heywood wrote:
Thats cute Jay.
Yeah, I thought I would paint the trailer gray so everything matches.

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Can I make a suggestion? Put some kind of fiberglass rod on the back or front of the kayak so you can see (maybe you can already) when backing up.
It does need some kind of post back there. I can see it fine with the kayak loaded, but backing just the trailer down I have to use the side mirrors. As long as I can't see it in them I'm doing OK. The first couple tries it must have looked like a big topwater zig-zagging down the ramp. Short trailers turn quick.


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Thought so. One of the guys in the club had a set up just like that. He backed into our trailer down in Choko :shock: cause he couldnt see.


Just get ole shaky running :lol:

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We'll see how long it lasts.

Mine lasted about a year.....

Then some schmuck stole it...put a good lock on it..

Nice looking rig tho 8)

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Heywood wrote:
Just get ole shaky running :lol:
That's my next project. I'm working on the plans now:
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 Post subject: Re: DIY Kayak Trailer
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I found a used single jetski trailer and converted it to carry kayaks.


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Looks good Jay. Should last a couple years if some schmuck doesn't run into it at the launch.

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It would look much better with a REAL kayak.

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It would look much better with a REAL kayak.


I know where you can get a real nice WS T 140 cheap... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: DIY Kayak Trailer
PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:46 pm 
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Since this post is from 2008, I'm assuming it's lasted a couple years? :salute:

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