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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:40 pm 
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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?

Thoughts??
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:01 am 
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My thoughts are that the supports should be about 50 inches apart for the best load distribution and support. How far apart for the supports?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:37 pm 
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I have a lumber rack on my Ranger, on which I carry my Oasis. I use two 5' lengths of 1" PVC with foam pipe insulation between the kayak and the rack. The lengths of PVC fit into the longitudinal grooves on the bottom of the Oasis and keep it off the ladder rack crossbars. On my rack, the PVC tubes span two crossbars that are about 38" apart. I have transported my Oasis quite a bit this way with no problems. Prior to the Ranger, I used the same method on the roof rack of my Subaru. Those bars were about 42" apart. If you get the center of gravity between your crossbars (at about the front of the rear drive well), you should have no problem on your Ridgeline. Oh, and duct tape the insulation where it rides on the crossbars, or it will get ripped up in no time.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:08 am 
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[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: $100

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Auto-ATV ... t104386680

Keeper Ratcheting Cross Bar: $30


http://www.cabelas.com/product/Auto-ATV ... t104658480

Edge Cargo Net Truck Bed Retainer: $40

http://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.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:35 pm 
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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.

GS: out of curiosity, why do you transport your O this way (i.e. right side up instead of upside down)?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:08 am 
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I have a Honda 2013 Pilot and use the same rack as my VW GTI, just a different footpack. I solo most of he time and I use the Thule Hullavator which makes loading a piece of cake although I had to mount two additional grip handles. The standard grip handles are too far apart for me to lift the Oasis by myself.

The Thule Hullavator isn't cheap, but it's a back and time saver for loading AND it has a lifetime warranty. It's a small price to pay for back health and the many minutes I save each time I load and unload. I load right side up and at 85 MPH on the way to the Fla Keys, I hardly could tell it was on the roof. Terrific kayak and rack/lift system!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:12 am 
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kickboyface wrote:
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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.

GS: out of curiosity, why do you transport your O this way (i.e. right side up instead of upside down)?


My trip for now are short, 5-15 minute trips with no problems.

I will try putting the Oasis in stern first to see if the rudder is okay. That will make launching the Oasis even easier on ramps. Then I can back the Ridgeline up to the water edge and pull the yak down and into the water, bow first to insert the Mirages. Then we can take off.

Also, we can leave the seats in for the trip with a simple bungy cord to hold the seat back down on the trip. I do this now with my Freedom Hawks as my add on seat is attached by plastic tieon straps. The seat remains fastened down even at 65 mph. The air stream just flows over the back of the seat and helps to hold it down as I drive down the road.

I will be putting a pool noodle on the cross bar of the extend rack for longer trips.

Last but not least, I have the AMA support bar mounted/fastened on the top of the Oasis, and if I put it in the truck bed upside down, that might do damage to the support bar and its holders.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:56 am 
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Strap it sideways across the bed and hang a "wide load" sign.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:12 am 
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Look at that kayak going down the road with a car strapped to it :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:27 am 
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Scottish solution. Nae faffing about. 1200 mile trip. No problems.

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