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How to Transport 18 Foot Hobie Tandem Island Pedal Kayak

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I have a 2020 GMC double cab Sierra with a short bed. What is the best product that you sell for carrying an 18’ Hobie Tandem Island? I pull a travel trailer and want to travel with this Hobie. Thank you

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When fully rigged, an 18 foot Hobie Tandem Island will weigh up to 240 lbs depending on the specific model, according to my research. Since you'll be towing a travel trailer already, and the vehicle roof wouldn't have the strength to carry that type of weight, a trailer or a roof mounted rack wouldn't be a good solution. Your best bet would be to use a ladder rack like # 3371501680 from Buyer's Products. The rack has an 800 lb capacity, so it'll handle the boat with no problem. The rack is reasonably priced and is a no-drill installation that clamps to the tops of the bed sides.

To protect your kayak, I'd recommend installing some kayak pads on the ladder rack crossbars like # MPG314 from Malone. The pads are sold in pairs, and are 25 inches long.

I've linked you to some product description videos that you might find helpful.


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