How to Carry Your Kayak
A No-Tools Hitch Extender and Saddles
Not long ago I had seen a truck at Home Depot that had some weird contraption mounted in the hitch allowing for him to load longer lumber than what he would have been able to do w/o it. It got me thinking, why can’t I use something like that for my kayak?
One of the big things I don’t like about loading my yak on the ladder rack is that I have to load it upside down and then strap it with ratchet straps which can lead to “oil canning,” especially in the heat. This hitch extender, as is, also means that I have to load it upside down. But, the crossbar is a 1 3/4 inch square tube and that my friend means I can use roof rack saddles! Again, $200+ seems to be the norm! And yet again, digging deeper I found some inexpensive Chinese saddles for under $45, and now I can load my yak upright and use regular straps to hold things down.
Note: Since you only need two of the four, if you have a buddy that wants to do the same thing you guys can split the cost of the saddles and save a bunch!
Hitch Extender & Saddles$109.80
Ease of Use10.0/10
What I liked
- Solid Construction
- Breaks down for each storage
- No tolls needed to build
- Comes with Safety Flag
- 750 lb capacity
- Heavy duty steel tubing
- Will not crush kayak
- Saddles are adjustable for different kayaks
- minimal wind drag
What I did not like
- A little wobbly before strapping down