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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:46 pm 
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I've been meaning to post up on this for awhile to share with you guys and have held off because I did not have the photos to share at the time...

Anyway, I put in my order for my boat back in March for an end of June delivery. When you don't have to work out figuring out the logistics and storage necessities for such a large kayak, this might have seemed like plenty of time... it wasn't.
Between living in a town house, with an already crowded garage, and working 80 hour weeks, I managed to piss off the girlfriend by spending every free moment I had preparing to accept delivery of the boat.

The first consideration was storage. At this moment, the boat sits on the trailer in my driveway... however, it's final non-use resting place will be hanging from the ceiling of my garage. This will likely happen just prior to the fall as I need to replace my garage door and opener to facilitate this.

The second consideration was transport. I have a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with both tops (hard/soft). I wanted to be able to use both seasonally, and with the exception of adding a cargo cage, this eliminated car-topping while in soft top mode. Also, I did not want to have to lift a 160lb. kayak on top of a 6ft. + vehicle by myself.
A trailer was the only reasonable option, which brought me back to the storage dilemma. I live in a townhouse, have the garage and my driveway to park in, own two cars, and have no place to park a static trailer.
This all lead me to look at the Yakima Rack & Roll. It is lightweight and can tip up, which would allow me to tip it up against a wall in my garage once the kayak was hoisted off of it and still allow me the room in my garage for my other kayak, the Jeep's hard top storage cart, my other toys, and my Solstice GXP.

After looking long and hard, I formulated my needs and purchased the Rack & Roll 78 directly from Yakima along with the tongue extension, HD shocks, kickstand, and a few other accessories. This purchase was followed up immediately by the cradle set, upon which I came into some issues getting the right spacing on the trailer.
These issues lead me to rethink my approach and threw quite a few complications into the mix. I needed to be able to support the kayak without damaging it, flip-up the trailer when not in use, and make for easy hoisting into it's final resting place.

... About 90lbs. of square steel tubing and a week of fabrication later, I had my solution - A supportive, hoistable frame attached to the trailer via three 5/8's hitch pins and a removable rear tongue/roller assembly.

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Let me know what you guys think.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:25 am 
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Nice and neat solution to your problem. Thanks for sharing.

( don't worry about the girlfriend. Get her out on the TI and she will be putty in your hands. )

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:00 am 
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Love the trailer may use the idea my self. could love any specs if you have them

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:24 am 
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Wow, excellent work! Very neat setup. Have you launched your new baby yet? Send us some photos of the loaded trailer and maybe a vid of the launching and loading process. It's helpful for us newbies to see the process.

After I built my trailer I still launched it using the cart a few times before I started launching directly from the trailer. Once I did I found out I needed to modify my trailer. Now it all works great. My trailer is a "foldable" 4'x8' Harbor Freight model. I didn't design the cradle for folding has I had enough room for it in my garage. Whole setup was very inexpensive but not nearly as classy looking as yours.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:45 pm 
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IslandHoppa27 wrote:
Have you launched your new baby yet?

I've only launched it from the trailer once... my first time out. backed it down the boat ramp and sunk the trailer. Floated the kayak right off the trailer and used the bow line to spin the boat and bring it up next to the dock. I could not use the ramp coming back in due to low tide, so I can't speak to that yet.

Since then, all my launches have been from places without ramps.. so I've unloaded and loaded directly from the trailer.

IslandHoppa27 wrote:
Send us some photos of the loaded trailer and maybe a vid of the launching and loading process. It's helpful for us newbies to see the process.

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I'll try to get around to getting some video up soon. I haven't gotten the waterproof case for the camera yet.

As for specs, I didn't really map the thing out so I don't exactly have a recipe to share. I came up with the design and went to it with the help of my uncle and his metal/welding shop. I purchased a length of 1 1/4" x 1/4" & 1 1/8" x 1/4" sections of square tube steel that cost me about $68 per 24' length. All the brackets were made with scrap steel. Added to that, a number of hitch pins some rollers and misc. nuts and bolts.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:24 pm 
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Very Nice!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:11 am 
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Still no video, but I did get to test the trailer coming into the boat ramp this last time out after testing the new motor out. It works like a charm, on both counts.

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BTW, anyone looking to pick up a Rack & Roll trailer for themselves, I can help save you $300 or so off of MSRP.

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Running a 2010 Tandem Island transported on a modified Yakima Rack & Roll.

Modifications: Torqueedo Hobie eVolve v2; Furling line rigged to cleat from rear crossbar w/Spinlock cam cleats; Custom ACK anchor trolley system;


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:59 pm 
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Is this trailer all aluminum? Is it easy to assemble? Kinda growing jealous on the way it looks nicely on your jeep.

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