Help: Building Canoe rack for pickup

Help: Building Canoe rack for pickup

Post by Tom Ki » Sun, 24 Jul 1994 04:08:01


I want to build a canoe rack for bed of Toyota pickup, and I was hoping
to gain some net wisdom before inventing my own from scratch.

My truck has a plastic bed liner and it does not have the square
holes in the sides of the pickup bed that some trucks have.

The rack would basicaly have to be a freestanding structure that I
could place into the truck bed and then attach it to the tiedown points.
For the attachment I was thinking of using some nylon webbing/rope
and turnbuckles to tighten them securely.

I'd rather use lumber probably (2x4s) as opposed to metal or pvc pipe which
I have also seen done.

My goal is to create something that is relatively simple and cheap to build
and not too heavy so that 2 people could lift it in and out of the truck.
I would like to to be able to easily carry the weight of two canoes.
(maybe three canoes for shorter distances)

Anybody who has ever built one of these beasts could provide some tips
I'd be grateful.

Tom Kirk
Phone:  Work - 730-1868  Home - 551-0691


Intergraph Corporation,  Huntsville,  Alabama

 
 
 

Help: Building Canoe rack for pickup

Post by Joi L. Ell » Sun, 24 Jul 1994 06:28:01

I had a rack made that fits into my receiver (Reese) hitch.  It cost me
< $50 to have it made to my specs.  It's a regular hitch as well, so I
can pull my camper and carry the canoe and still see out.  The canoe
doesn't block my view at all because it's carried flat.

I have tiedown loops on the hitch, plus I use the regular tiedowns in
the bed.

It basically looks like a T, plus it has the ball and hitch on the
bottom.  

If I really wanted to get fancy I could design it a bit wider to carry
two canoes, and I could make the top of the T an insert that could be
rotated to make placing the canoe on it even easier.  After loading it
could be locked into position with an extra cotter pin.

This also leaves my bed totally free for carrying fishing stuff,
camping stuff, rocks, what have you. :)

: I want to build a canoe rack for bed of Toyota pickup, and I was hoping
: to gain some net wisdom before inventing my own from scratch.

: My truck has a plastic bed liner and it does not have the square
: holes in the sides of the pickup bed that some trucks have.

: The rack would basicaly have to be a freestanding structure that I
: could place into the truck bed and then attach it to the tiedown points.
: For the attachment I was thinking of using some nylon webbing/rope
: and turnbuckles to tighten them securely.

: I'd rather use lumber probably (2x4s) as opposed to metal or pvc pipe which
: I have also seen done.

: My goal is to create something that is relatively simple and cheap to build
: and not too heavy so that 2 people could lift it in and out of the truck.
: I would like to to be able to easily carry the weight of two canoes.
: (maybe three canoes for shorter distances)

: Anybody who has ever built one of these beasts could provide some tips
: I'd be grateful.

: Tom Kirk
: Phone:  Work - 730-1868  Home - 551-0691


: Intergraph Corporation,  Huntsville,  Alabama

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Help: Building Canoe rack for pickup

Post by Steve Cramer 542-55 » Sun, 24 Jul 1994 05:37:04

: I want to build a canoe rack for bed of Toyota pickup, and I was hoping
: to gain some net wisdom before inventing my own from scratch.

: My truck has a plastic bed liner and it does not have the square
: holes in the sides of the pickup bed that some trucks have.

: The rack would basicaly have to be a freestanding structure that I
: could place into the truck bed and then attach it to the tiedown points.
: For the attachment I was thinking of using some nylon webbing/rope
: and turnbuckles to tighten them securely.

: I'd rather use lumber probably (2x4s) as opposed to metal or pvc pipe which
: I have also seen done.

I have not built such a thing, but I saw a rig at the NOC a while back that
seems like what you want to do.  It looked like a picnic table sitting on its
top in the bed (but the top had no boards, OK?).  Cross-bars were
fastened to the "bottoms" of the legs.  It was held into the bed with eye-
bolts and turnbuckles.  When you stood next to the truck, you saw a pair
of X's, one on each side of the truck.  I'm not sure I could draw it even
with a pencil, and I surely can't render it in ANSI, but you get the idea,
I hope.

Good luck, and be sure to tie the mess down well.
Steve
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Help: Building Canoe rack for pickup

Post by KenH » Mon, 25 Jul 1994 12:47:06


Quote:
Kirk) writes:

regarding request for canoe rack for pick-up.

I have a small Mazda that I use to haul my 17' Wenonah. Over the cab I use
the standard 2X4 with Yakima clamps; about $20 I think. I wrapped a rug
s***around the 2X4, secured with good ol' duct tape, to help prevent the
abrasion of the wood trim. For the rear, I used 1/2" galvanized pipe to
build a single stem    |______|
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                                        |
                                        |
This clamps onto my bumper and is very lightweight. I secure the canoe

any hardware store. I can load and unload my canoe alone in about 10
minutes. If you need more information, send me e-mail and I'll try to
provide better details.
     Good luck!

 
 
 

Help: Building Canoe rack for pickup

Post by William Whal » Tue, 26 Jul 1994 20:57:02

: I want to build a canoe rack for bed of Toyota pickup, and I was hoping
: to gain some net wisdom before inventing my own from scratch.

Bet your next truck will have rack mounting holes!  Mine does now:
I remove the rear rack most times and replace the holes with wooden
posts about 4 inch high modified to look like cleats.  Anyway,
back at your problem: my previous truck didn't have the holes,
it did have a lot of rust.... I made a frame of three 1" x 4" x 4'
pine boards and stood it up next to the tail gate and used two
c-clamps to hold it to the gate (not worrying about the paint)
(but you might want to use some *** guards).  On the truck cab
I used styrofoam blocks.  Simple, removable, cheap.....