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Kayak Travel Question
03/24/21 at 6:10pm
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Have 2 new 10' recreational/ flatwater kayaks to transport on my Tahoe and wondering if its necessary to use bow and stern tie downs for highway driving if I have a good rack system and good straps. Will use Malone J-bar mounts. I guess I get "recommended", but has anyone ever seen or know of a situation where they saved the day?
  

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Re: Kayak Travel Question
Reply #1 - 03/24/21 at 6:55pm
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When MJ and I travel with our 12í boats we only tie down the bow. There are tie downs available that bolt under (to the side) of your hood so you donít have to go to the bumper. Better to be safe. I go through the physics calcs in my head and this gives me peace of mind.
  
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Reply #2 - 03/24/21 at 8:56pm
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I have 18 an 19í kayaks. I upgraded the main hull straps to those with internal cables and locks and have used Thule hilla port and now Roll model racks. Going on 15 years of not using the bow straps with no issues. Just ensure you wrap the hull strap around the roof rails too.
  

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Reply #3 - 03/25/21 at 12:30pm
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All I can tell you is all of us whitewater kayakers don't use them and our boats make it just fine.  Even my 13' race boat.
  
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Reply #4 - 03/26/21 at 11:37am
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What are the thoughts on transporting in the bed of a pickup?  Tailgate down or up?

  
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Reply #5 - 03/30/21 at 10:52am
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Thanks for the replies! Have to look into the hull straps with cable and locks. Like the idea of the locks so can leave the boats unattended in some circumstances.
  

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