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Post Posted: 08:51pm - Apr 17,10 
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How should I set up my Dodge Dakota with cap to handle a 12 ft. kayak.I don't have any type of roof
rack.I don't want any permanent roof rack system.I would like something that I could take off easily when not
using the kayak.

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Post Posted: 09:14pm - Apr 17,10 
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Hey BB, once upon a time I ran across these foam blocks that sit between your vehicle and canoe or kayak. had a specific block for each and then you just tie it down around the frame of your truck. Not sure where to find them though I believe the ones I picked up for a canoe were in the Boundary water area poss. Ely, Minn.

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Post Posted: 10:04pm - Apr 17,10 
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harbor freight bed extender.. i have pool noodles tied under my yak and strap it in the bed with d rings in bed

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Post Posted: 08:23am - Apr 19,10 
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billybob59 wrote:
How should I set up my Dodge Dakota with cap to handle a 12 ft. kayak.I don't have any type of roof
rack.I don't want any permanent roof rack system.I would like something that I could take off easily when not
using the kayak.


There's always the Yakima track system. You have tracks installed onto the cap - this is the only drilling/sealing - then you get "towers", probably ones called "Control Towers". They hold the crossbars. When you're not carrying a boat, you take the towers/bars off and all you have on top is the rails, which are only an inch high or so. When you need to carry something, the towers/bars snap right in.

http://www.yakima.com/Product.aspx?Number=8001127

Once you have those, there are lots of different option as far as resting the yak onto the bars.. http://www.yakima.com/Product.aspx?Number=8004052

If you don't want to do it yourself, or want some options, I would bet these guys would install for you: http://www.wheel-go.com/ in Homer Glen

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Post Posted: 10:12am - Apr 21,10 
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Hey Billybob, I have that canoe carrier that we have used on my canoe, You are welcome to try that on your kayak it might work. Give me a call I can drop it off if youd like..Kirby

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Post Posted: 11:02am - Apr 21,10 
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aftershock wrote:
harbor freight bed extender.. i have pool noodles tied under my yak and strap it in the bed with d rings in bed


Same here. You can put your Yak in the bed or on the roof with the bed extender. If you already have a hitch the cost is minamal----and it works.

It's worth looking into.

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Post Posted: 12:36pm - Apr 21,10 
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Thanks guys.For now I'm just sticking it in the back of my truck with the tailgate in the half up position,worked fine yesterday.
Took it out to Mazonia,it didn't budge an inch.Paddled around for four hours trying to get a feel for everything.I don't know if I'm
going to like being so restricted.Where I think I will really like it is on the small rivers where I can get out once in a while and stretch.I figure if I end up not liking it I will leave it at my place in Wisconsin where the kids can use it.
Kirby,thanks for the offer but the kayak is not that long.When it sits on the top of my truck it is even with the back and barely
hangs out over the windshield.I can probably get by with the Riverside blocks.

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