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 Post subject: Padding on a trailer
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:19 am 
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I have just purchased a flat aluminum trailer to haul 2 outbacks. The trailer is fairly light and bounces when I haul it.
I have pool noodles as padding on the support bars where I place the kayaks.

Anyone have a better suggestion or are the noodles ok ?


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 Post subject: Re: Padding on a trailer
PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:17 pm 
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If you can't mount PVC pipes to your cross bars, then I would add 2 ea. 4" x 4" 's cross wise on the trailer separate maybe 5 feet apart....then mount 4 ea. 3" OD x 6' long PVC pipes length wise that are screwed into the 4 x 4's to support the Outbacks.....the PVC pipes cradle the Outback and will "sag to take the hull shape".
If you turn over the Outback and lay the PVC pipes into the hull indentations, you can get the correct pipe separation dimensions for mounting to the 4 x 4's.

Then, look into reducing the air pressure of your tires.
I own a Hobie Trailex aluminum trailer that has 4.8 x 8 tires, load rating B and max load is 590 pounds with 60 psi cold inflation......HOWEVER, the trailer tire pressure, specified by Trailex is only 15 psi maximum........the gross weight of my trailer and spare tire with my PA-14 is about 310 pounds.
I have used my trailer at highway speeds for several hundred miles and the tires show very little wear and the trailer bounce in minimal.
Hope this helps....here is a photo of my trailer set up.
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 Post subject: Re: Padding on a trailer
PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:11 pm 
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brigguy wrote:
I have just purchased a flat aluminum trailer to haul 2 outbacks. The trailer is fairly light and bounces when I haul it.
I have pool noodles as padding on the support bars where I place the kayaks.

Anyone have a better suggestion or are the noodles ok ?


I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish but it sounds like you're trying to provide some padding between the kayak hull and the bunks on your trailer during transport.

I'm relatively new to the kayaking world but not too new to the trailering of other types of personal watercraft. So here is my two cents.

If your kayak is securely strapped to the Bunks or to the trailer frame and the trailer is bouncing around there should be no contradictory pressure to cause damage to the hull structure. The kayak is going to move in tandem with the trailer, not on an opposite direction.

If what you're trying to prevent is scratches or scuffs to the bottom of the hall from the bunk material, then your pool noodle idea is fine. I store my kayak on my trailer. I use small kiddie swimming pool air mattresses lightly inflated between the bunk and hull bottom. This will help keep the hull from deformity due to temperature and pressure changes.

I hope this helps you.

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