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Coach72
Lafayette
Member since Dec 2009
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12' Kayak

Thinking about picking one up while I save for my boat. I have a 6 foot bed - can I just drop my tailgate and secure it or do I need a hitch extender?


RoIITide
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You’ll be fine laying it down without a hitch extender unless you have a toolbox that it won’t fit under. We have a truck with a toolbox that we use a hitch extender on…and one without a toolbox that the extender is not needed. We haul a 12’ and 10’.

Once you start kayak fishing- you might not even want a boat…but it makes a huge difference in the experience based on what type of kayak you get. We have good kayaks and cheap kayaks. The cheap ones suck fishing out of.
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Coach72
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Appreciate it!


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DMAN1968
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I put my 12 foot Hobie in my 5 1/2 foot bed with the tailgate down...no problem.

I did use some 4 inch pvc pipe and make a cradle for it to ride on, I extended that a bit beyond the tailgate mainly to make loading it a little easier. The cradle keeps the bottom from deforming in the heat or if you get crazy cranking down the ratchet straps.


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Loup
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I put mine in a 5 ft bed no problem


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Tiger Prawn
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Thinking about picking one up while I save for my boat.
That was what I thought 4-5 years ago when I bought my first Hobie. Ended up scrapping the idea of getting a boat because I was enjoying kayak fishing more than boat fishing.

ETA: but you shouldnt need a bed extender with a 12’ kayak in a 6’ bed
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TutHillTiger
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Mississippi Alabama
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i have a good one but rarely use it because it such a pain to pull in out etc. It’s a walden and it’s heavy


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speckledawg
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As others already said, tailgate alone is plenty for a 12' kayak.


Nado Jenkins83
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5 foot taco bed. I put my 10 foot in the bed and a 12 on the roof rack of the camper shell.


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Fat Batman
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Gotham City, NJ
Member since Oct 2019
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used to haul a 14' around in my 6' bed no problems. also had a 4" pvc cradle like someone else mentioned.


Ron Cheramie
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What about hauling two yaks? Any good recs instead of buying a trailer to haul them ?



Yeti_Chaser
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Put them side by side or stack them on top each other in the tailgate


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Fat Batman
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What about hauling two yaks? Any good recs instead of buying a trailer to haul them ?


I did a test drive of the 14 footer I bought and another 12 footer. The guy from Backpacker showed up to the pond with both in the back of his truck with 6' bed tailgate up. It depends on how you have them rigged out when transporting, but just hauling the hulls without attachments I'd imagine you could squeeze at least 3 in a regular 6' bed.


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TigerOnTheMountain
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Sit on top or sit in? I haul my Jackson Coosa around in my bed with just a ratchet strap through the rear scupper and have never had a problem. It hangs about four feet over the dropped tailgate.


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Mark Makers
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Member since Jul 2015
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What about hauling two yaks? Any good recs instead of buying a trailer to haul them ?


You could get a bed rack that puts them up over the cab of the truck and still allows bed space for all the gear. I've seen people roll with 2 kayaks in bed of truck also pretty often but with the amount of shite I bring along with my kayaks I really appreciate having a trailer and having the bed space for all the extras.


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LSUwag
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I use an extender on my Taco. A full size with a 6’ should be just fine.


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NickLestiger
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2016
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I have a one year old 12’ Hobie outback used 4 times. Excellent shape. Will let it go for fair price. I live in BR and bought it from Back Packer.


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ozktgr
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North Arkansas
Member since Mar 2020
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As others have mentioned a single crossbar on the roof would work. Close the tailgate and ratchet strap to crossbar.

I also have a bed extender from harbor freight ($65) that I use if my buddies with shorter beds.

Never had a problem with the tailgate up and multiple boats stacked in the bed either.


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