Carrying 3 Kayaks While Towing a Trailer with a 2015 Ram 1500 Crew Cab

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Hi, I need to transport 3 kayaks at once while towing a camper with a 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab. Bed is 64. What options are available?

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It can be tough to bring along all your gear when also towing a trailer but we do have some solutions for you that will allow you to bring all the kayaks with you.

If the trailer is a bumper-pull and not a 5th wheel or a gooseneck then a great option is a ladder rack. Ladder racks aren't just for ladders anymore! Take a look at the Rola Haul-Your-Might ladder rack # 59742. This rack has a 400 pound capacity and aluminum bars to resist corrosion. Since the bars are the same size as the Rola roof rack bars you will be able to use kayak carriers on them.

If your kayaks are all 10 feet long or less the Thule Stacker # TH830 is an excellent choice to secure the kayaks to the ladder rack. You may also need additional tie-downs such as # TH855XT.

If the kayaks are more than 10 feet then I recommend a combination of Rhino-Rack carrier # S512 and expansion arm # RRS512X. This will carry 2 of the kayaks. For the third you would need another J-Style carrier # S512.

If the trailer is a gooseneck or 5th wheel then I recommend using a roof rack along with a front hitch and a load extender so you can carry the kayaks on the roof and they would also hangover the front of the truck. Please note with this set up it can create visibility issues for the driver.

For this set up you would need a roof rack. It doesn't have to be the fanciest roof rack so I would go with an Inno square bar rack using the following parts:

Square Crossbars # INB165
Feet for Square Crossbars # INSUT
Custom Fit Kit # INK653

Then for a front hitch you can use # 65062. The front hitch is for the load extender such as # EM07600-07601. Because the distance from the load to the hitch is so far with this set up there can be a lot of movement of the load extender in the hitch. With the kayaks mounted and tied down though it wouldn't be as much movement as if it were empty.

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