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Old 07-25-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Roof Rack on the 5.0?

Has anyone installed or had installed a roof rack for a kayak? I really like the 5.0, but doubt I could fit a Kayak on my Frontier roof and still have room for the 5.0 to pivot.

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Old 07-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

I had thought about it, and Reace sent me photos of one he had done. He had fiberglassed the mounts onto the body for strength. On thing to consider though, is that if you ever want A/C, it would not work so good with a rack.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #3
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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

by the time you get roof vents, ac, solar panels and tv antenas or some combination of those there really isnt much room left to use the roof for storage. one of the many reasons i wanted a 19 ft instead of the 5.0. still leaves the box of the truck and the ability to put a canoe or kyak on the roof of the truck.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

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Has anyone installed or had installed a roof rack for a kayak? I really like the 5.0, but doubt I could fit a Kayak on my Frontier roof and still have room for the 5.0 to pivot.

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Hi: Scuba55...HokieEscape usually carrys two Kayaks on the roofrack of his Frontier. He does have a longbed Crew Cab LE though. There are pics. of this combo in action on one of the threads about 5.0's. Alf
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

I didn't see the pics, but i would imagine they must have been river kyaks, I don't imagine a lake/sea kyak with its length would balance out very well.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:17 AM   #6
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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

Here are a couple of photos of kayaks on our Mazda B4000 towing a 5.0. We use a Yakima Dock on the front and a standard rack on the cab. I have been told that the racks can fit on a Frontier.

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Old 07-27-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

And, the problem with carrying boats on the trailer roof is getting the boats to the water.
Best the trailer stay at camp and the boats ride on the tow.

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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

That is a cool setup! I'll have to file that one for future use.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:53 PM   #9
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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

I agree, that is a great set up. I will have to explore vendors like etrailer.com to see if they have this type of set up.

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Old 07-27-2012, 05:05 PM   #10
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Re: Roof Rack on the 5.0?

I am with baglo. The way we pack is anything that we want for when we are mobile away from the campsite goes in the tow, and what gets used only in the campsite gets stored on the trailer. Plus, you would need a ladder to get it up there. With a canoe on the tow, it is an easy one person job to put it up there.
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