How to Carry a Kayak and a Canoe with a 2016 Ram 1500

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I own a 2016 Dodge Ram. It's the extended cab outdoorsman with the short bed, I believe 6 feet. Im looking for options to haul a canoe AND kayak. Thanks

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We have a couple of different options for you to haul a kayak and canoe with your 2016 Dodge Ram.

One way to haul your kayak and canoe is with a truck bed ladder rack. I recommend going with the TracRac TracONE Ladder Rack # TA27000XTB. This is rated for 800 lbs so you can use it for more than just hauling your kayak and canoe. It is made of aluminum so it is strong and rustproof but also lightweight. You will need to use pads, like the Thule Surf Pad # TH804, to load your kayaks on this ladder rack do to the fact that none of the kayak carriers that we currently have to offer will fit.

A more economical option for a ladder rack would be the MaxxTow Truck Bed Ladder Rack # MT70423. This is rated for 400 lbs so it will still support the weight of your boats, and it is also made of extruded aluminum.

If you would rather not haul your boats using your Ram's bed, we have some small trailers that will work great as well. The CE Smith Boat Trailer # CE48810 is the first option that I have for you. It has an 800 lb weight capacity so don't have to be worried abou that. This is a great option because you have the option of just backing the trailer into the water for easy loading and unloading, and it comes with a winch which helps with that as well. It is constructed of Galvanized Steel so it is very rust resistant as well.

For the most compact trailer we have the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08107. It is very lightweight and uses crossbars as the way to secure your boats. It has a weight capacity of only 250 lbs though so you will need to make sure that your boats weigh less than that. The great thing about this option is the versatility that it offers. You can use it to haul boats, bikes, cargo boxes, and just about anything else that doesn't exceed the weight capacity. If you are hauling more than 200 lbs Yakima recommends using the HD Shocks # Y08110, and the width can be increased so that it can hold two 22 foot boats using the Tongue Extension # Y08109.

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