[quote="sundancer"]I thought transporting my oasis was bad with my ranger. I now have a honda ridgeline. Is the roof rack too close to use or will i need a goal post to help support it?
We tried a roof rack system and came close to wiping out my wife, our Oasis and our driveway.
We went to the Malone Sport trailer to store and haul our Oasis. It works, but due to the anti human offal which works overtime to keep vehicles and in particular ones with trailers away from the water by blocking the road to the launch site with boulders bigger than our Ridgeline. We were being blocked from new and old launching sites. Some of the newer sites have no room for a trailer in their lots.
I put together the following and easy system for my Freedom Hawks, and I have recently learned how to load my Oasis with this system. It is easier and less hazardous to our old 70 year old bodies.
You need to check on your state laws to see how much overhang from the rear of your Ridgeline is allowed with a bed extender. My system is legal in California.
Listed below are the three major and low cost parts. You will need some lines to get the Oasis up to the front of your truck bed and then secure it to the Keeper Ratcheting Bar which you secure in the front part of your truck bed:
Cabela’s Extend A Truck Hitch: $100http://www.cabelas.com/product/Auto-ATV ... t104386680
Keeper Ratcheting Cross Bar: $30http://www.cabelas.com/product/Auto-ATV ... t104658480
Edge Cargo Net Truck Bed Retainer: $40http://www.edgebyexpedite.com/store/tru ... ainer.html
I have installed the Keeper Ratcheting Cross Bar semi permanently up front and about 18 inches up and of the truck bed.
When, we or I are ready to go I attach the Extend a truck hitch to my trailer hitch and back my truck up to our Malone with the Oasis. Then, I put the Oasis, right side up, on the Extend rack and put a bow line around the ratchet bar in the front of the truck bed and pull the Oasis up front with the bow snubbed in on the port side of the truck bed and secure it. Next, I use a couple of kayak straps to hold down the front half with the hooks placed into the holders in the truck bed.
Then, I strap the yak on the Extend a hitch with a kayak strap and secure the strap around my trailer hitch and tighten the straps.
Next, I take the Edge Truck retainer which is a net with hooks and adjustable straps and place it over and around the stern. Put each of the two hooks into a built in eye on each side of the pickup bed or your trailer hitch and adjust the straps until they are tight.
This can be done by a damaged on 74 year old guy in about 5 minutes.
We don't notice nor hear the Oasis carried this way. I still check the straps after about 5 minutes unless the trip is only a few minutes.
So far the trips have been short and not that high of a temp, and there hasn't been any dents in the bottom of the Oasis.
When I get to the launch site, I back the truck up and reverse the process which takes a few minutes less and launch the yak. I have an old carpet runner to put on the launch crete which is kept in the truck bed.
I lock the Edge Truck Retainer in the Ridgeline's trunk after we get the Mirage units out. They will steal anything out here in Cali land. Last year on a trip to Bodega bay, someone cut off my trailer light inserter which plugged into the outlet by our trailer hitch.
Now instead of hassling with multiple straps and the trailer, we get to and from with minimal hassle.
I use the Edge Truck Retainer to haul wood and many other long and flat items.