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Roof rack T bar - Easy Loading!

Postby Robbo » Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:44 am

This modification was another idea gleaned off the AKFF site. I wanted more support for my tempo when strapping it to the roof of my Camry. Even though I have a trailer with H bars, I wanted to sometimes just take the car and one kayak and felt this concept best suited my needs.
First up I had a plate with a pole recess made up that I could bolt onto the tow bar.
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Then a T bar was made up that was padded up with a square noodle and tied onto the bar with cable ties...
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This T bar is kept in the boot of the car all the time until I need to load the kayak. Then I place it inside the larger pole on the tow bar...
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I then move the kayak into position with the rear next to the bar...
(I can only put 5 photos on this post so I will continue with a second post on this thread)
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Re: Roof rack T bar - Easy Loading!

Postby Robbo » Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:54 am

Here is part 2...
The front end of the kayak is placed on a rubber mat to protect the plastic and the rear end is placed on the T bar which swivels around to accommodate the angle of placement...
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Then without straining, I can lift up the front end of the kayak...
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walk it around to the front of the car...
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and place it on the front roof rack...
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then bolt the pole to the base to stop it swivelling when the kayak is in transit...
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Stay tuned for the last photo in the next post...
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Re: Roof rack T bar - Easy Loading!

Postby Robbo » Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:58 am

And finally....
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All that remains is to strap the kayak to the roof rack and the T bar and the world's your oyster!
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Re: Roof rack T bar - Easy Loading!

Postby yankatthebay » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:51 pm

be careful with that home made license plate, it is not legal to make your own. I understand you have it because you have obscured the original one, but you will actually get in more trouble for having a home made one than not having one at all.

If you need an extra plate (that is legal), go to the RTA and order a "Bike Plate". They are about the same size as your home made one, but are legal to use. It should only cost you $20, take about 2 weeks to get made, and you just go back and pick it up from your local RTA.
The other advantage of the Bike plate is that it is also metal and will not bend or twist up when it rains (yours looks like it might be cardboard).

Just a suggestion, I have a Bike plate, but then again I got it for my Bike rack.
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Re: Roof rack T bar - Easy Loading!

Postby Robbo » Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:11 pm

Hmmm...good point Yankatthebay, I wasn't aware of that advice. The plate is laminated paper and weatherproof but will follow up and order a bike plate at the RTA. :?
StevenM, the yak doesn't overhang by more than 1.2 metres. I have it further up the car than the photo shows when it is strapped up - as the straps go through the scupper holes onto the roof rack. Good point though. 8)
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Re: Roof rack T bar - Easy Loading!

Postby Cuda » Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:19 pm

At the very least, it is an excellent loading device Robbo :) You could slide the yak forward on to both roof racks and chuck the T-Bar back in the boot ready to unload the yak when you get to your fishing destination. I have a Hobie Adventure that can be hard work to get on the roof racks of my Nissan Pathfinder in windy conditions and a setup like yours would make light work of the job.
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Re: Roof rack T bar - Easy Loading!

Postby tangoman » Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:13 am

The best ideas are very often the simplest !!!
I feel a trip to Bunnings coming on ! Am sick of trying to wrestle the yak onto the top of the Hiace !
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Re: Roof rack T bar - Easy Loading!

Postby MacFish » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:52 pm

Brilliant

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