Why You Need a Kayak Trailer
There are a couple of options for transporting your kayaks. One of the more popular options includes using a kayak rack to mount your kayaks on top or on the rear of your vehicle. However, if you’ve ever tried to mount a kayak, you probably learned pretty quickly that it is no easy feat. It can take the manpower of several people to hoist them onto the racks. Even then, you take the risk of damaging your vehicle or your kayaks in the process, and you still have to go through all the struggles of unloading them once you reach your destination. You may have also seen many people transporting kayaks in the bed of their trucks. Not only can this be really dangerous, but if the kayak is longer than the bed of the truck (and most are) then it may even be illegal in some areas! If the kayak happens to slide off while you’re on the road, you risk damage to your property and serious hazards to others who are on the road, all at your fault. For this reason, strapping your kayak onto your truck bed may not be a viable option.
Another, perhaps more convenient, option is to tow your kayaks on a kayak trailer. Not only are they much easier to load, but they will keep your kayak secure, which keeps your property and other drivers safe while on the road. Pulling the extra weight behind your vehicle in its slipstream instead of bulking it on top and weighing the vehicle down may also be a great way to save gas on long excursions. There are kayak trailers that load more than one kayak, as well as multi-load trailers that may even include a storage option for your kayak accessories or bicycles!
We’ve compiled this list of some of the best of the best to help you choose which kayak transportation method best fits your needs.
This trailer falls in a medium price range when compared to many other kayak trailers. It allows single board, meaning it will only carry one kayak. However, it is not kayak specific, meaning it can also carry other personal watercrafts, such as a jet ski. It has a 610-pound load capacity and is built from durable steel, which makes it sturdy enough for any kayak, including larger ones.
This trailer includes tail lights and meets all DOT requirements, which makes it perfect for carrying your single kayak on personal trips, without spending loads of money. The trailer only weighs around 800 pounds and is small in size, meaning you can easily transition it from your vehicle to pulling it by ATV while out in the great outdoors.
While this trailer hits a higher price mark, it also offers a few more features that may make it better suited for family outings. This trailer can easily transport two kayaks that are up to 18 feet in length. The sturdy galvanized steel frame features aluminum cross rails that are durable enough to carry over 350 pounds. The SeaWing V-Cradles help make loading and securing your kayak easy and feature built-in straps for extra security. To make the build more durable, there are also galvanized wheels, as well as a spare wheel in case of any accidents.
This trailer includes tail lights and meets all DOT requirements, so it may be exactly what you need to carry a couple of kayaks with you on the road.
This trailer is the full package. The sturdy galvanized steel frame can easily support four kayaks at the same time, which make this the perfect trailer for outings with the entire family. The galvanized finish will protect your trailer from rusting for years to come. The trailer can hold up to 350 pounds. This extended tongue trailer will also haul longer kayaks, up to 19 feet in length. This trailer also features galvanized wheels and a spare wheel for convenience. The standard sized cross rails are compatible with most aftermarket attachments.
The trailer is easy to assemble and its four kayak racks are perfect for all your outdoor outings, helping you avoid any difficult loading and unloading onto inconvenient mounting racks.
This trailer is great for a diverse family. It can easily haul multiple kayaks using a stacker accessory, as well as bicycles, fishing supplies, surf boards, or other sporting equipment. In fact, the standard 64-inch cross rails will fit almost any mounting rack, so this trailer can be easily customized to meet your hauling needs. There is a second tier rack to increase hauling capacity. This trailer includes tail lights and meets DOT requirements as well.
Because you can mix and match your sporting accessories, this trailer is great for families that like to kayak the river, bike through nature trails, fish, or paddle board! Whatever your hobby, with this trailer you don’t have to pick and choose.