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    Kayak trailer finished

    I wanted to follow up on the kayak trailer. It ended up much different than what I had in mind. Very practical but no where near as elegant. Form follows function though.

    The trailer I ended up buying lent itself to a very simple method of attaching uprights. I started with wood closet rods but I didn't like the flex in them. So I drilled new holes and installed some 1/2 black iron pipe. Just need to settle on a color and spray the whole trailer. Last thing to do is rewire the lights. When I extended the tongue the harness is to short.


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    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 09-17-2008 at 11:58 AM.
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    Nice ride for the kayak.

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    now ya just have to build 6 more kayaks to fill it up!(are ya short some poles for the shop clamps now?)

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    Nicely done!

    Simplicity.
    Functional.
    Meets your needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    now ya just have to build 6 more kayaks to fill it up!
    Who me?
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Nice, simple, and functional Jeff, Well done!
    Darren

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    Well done Jeff, now you can put more time into paddling or building
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    Looks good, Jeff. Simple is good. My only concern would be the potential for front-to-back racking of the frame in the event of a sudden stop. There are a lot of torque forces on the horizontal members bolted to the trailer. A simple pair of X braces could counter a lot of those forces without adding much weight. On each side, you could attach 2x4 or 2x2 material from the base at the front to where the top pipe hits the rear vertical member, and from the base at the rear to the upper pipe on the front vertical. (I dunno if that makes any sense. Basically an X on each side. Too lazy right now to draw it in SU, but I could if it'd help.)

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    Was thinking the same, also might need a red flag hanging on the end of the kayak.
    Darren

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    I had the same concern Vaughn but it is surprisingly rigid. Once you tie the boat down it acts as a brace. What remains to be seen is when I put additional boats (weight) on it. That will tell me if I need to do anything else.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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