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2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Kayak Dave » Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:56 pm

I took on a project in 2014 to build a Kayak Trailer (on a budget). The goal was to be able to carry/transport up to 3 Hobie Pro Angler kayaks. It also needed to be dual purpose as a kayak/camping trailer and be able to carry a bikes and/or a bike rack. Here it is:

Starting out with 1 Galvanized Single Place Jet ski Trailer

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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Kayak Dave » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:00 pm

The bunks were a little rotten, so they were replaced and relocated to build a frame.

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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Kayak Dave » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:09 pm

I then built a lower storage compartment and carpeted the entire thing.
Next was an aluminum frame that is both welded and bolted together (I made it removable in case I needed to use the trailer for something).
Pool noodles are like a kayakers duct tape. These are on round aluminum solid stock so the roll when loading and unloading.

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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Kayak Dave » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:15 pm

The trailer tongue needed to be extended and I had trouble finding galvanized material of correct size. So it was replaced with a heavier gauge steel and painted.
All the wood was pressure treated, but I went the extra step and coating it with a water proofing treatment. I also do not intend on wet launching kayaks off the trailer.

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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Kayak Dave » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:18 pm

A trailer hitch was added to the rear of the trailer, so a bike rack could be mounted.
Careful redneck calculations were made in regards to weight displacement and freeway bounce.

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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Kayak Dave » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:25 pm

The trailer was road tested without any weight for about an hour. Fully loaded the next morning with 3 kayaks, 3 bikes, enough camping equipment for an entire family and driven across state and back without any serious issues.
The rack system has since been lowered slightly both off the top and middle sections. Some brackets were also added for extra support in the middle section (pic not updated yet).
The storage compartment locks and is capable of holding paddles, PFDs, a spare tire for the trailer and extra fishing poles.
Kayaks can also be cable locked to the frame.
I already have plans in mind for the next kayak trailer.....
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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby salmax » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:02 pm

Very very nice Dave. You spent some serious time on this thing it looks like. It's going to make your fishing trips much more efficient....unlike mine.
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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Swamp Monster » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:05 pm

Looks great! I am going to modify mine to add a bike rack to the long tongue. I have plenty of room between the truck and the kayaks to accomplish this. Nice to be able to haul both the kayaks and the bikes when we head to our place in Canadian Lakes on the weekends.
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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Kayak Dave » Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:54 pm

Swamp Monster wrote:I am going to modify mine to add a bike rack to the long tongue. I have plenty of room between the truck and the kayaks to accomplish this.


I went a little long on the trailer tongue as well.
I could probably could take the hitch off the back of the trailer and put the bike rack on the back of the SUV/Truck using an adaptor like this:

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Re: 2014 Kayak Trailer Build

Postby Kayak Dave » Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:01 pm

I wanted the trailer to double as kayak storage in the garage. Both for kayaks and gear. (That's how I sold it to the wife)
I also wanted to disperse the weight of the kayaks as much as possible, since sitting in a hot garage all summer could distort the hulls.
The spare tire fitting in the storage area was a huge bonus. There is a divider inside the storage compartment to separate everything from damaging the fishing poles.
I think I covered most of my desires. I still have a few more updates.
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