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Recommended Trailer to Carry 16 Foot Canoe

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Canoe trailer I have a 16.5 ft Kevlar canoe, weight is 50 lbs. Tow vehicle is 2003 Toyota Tacoma with a 2” hitch. No roof rack on truck. Because of the length of the canoe I do not want rooftop carrier. A trailer would work best. What do you recommend?

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You are absolutely right that for your 16-1/2 foot canoe the best option is a trailer because this is going to make it much, much simpler for you to haul your canoe; you'll be able to spend a lot more time in the water and a lot less time loading and unloading your canoe.

I highly recommend the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08106 because it is essentially a roof rack on wheels and has a low loading height to make it easy to take your canoe on and off. Aside from this, one of the best things about the Rack and Roll is that it has shocks on the wheels, which is important because not only does it cushion the ride, keeping your canoe safe, it also makes the trailer much easier to tow because it won't be bouncing up and down the whole ride.

The Rack and Roll # Y08106 has 66 inch crossbars though is is also available with 78 inch crossbars # Y08107 if you wanted to haul additional gear like a large cargo box and needed extra space on the bars. The only thing you will need to add to the trailer is a canoe carrier, and I recommend the Yakima KeelOver Canoe Carrier with Tie-Downs # Y04069.

I have added a photo and review from one of our customers who has the Rack and Roll as well as a link to a video review for you to check out.

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Question:

Can the Yak trailer allow hull DOWN carry; I prefer that as I won’t have to flip the canoe by myself.

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Yes, the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer - 66" # Y08106 or 78" # Y08107 can both definitely carry a canoe with the hull side down, you just need the right canoe carrier in order to do this.

For that you can use the Swagman Exo Aero Rooftop Kayak Carrier System with Tie-Downs # S65145 which is called a kayak carrier but is perfectly compatible with a canoe, and is designed to carry it with the hull side down. With a 100 lb capacity it has more than enough strength for your 50 lb kayak, easily clamps on to the Yakima trailer's round bars and comes with tie-downs as well.

I have added a link to a video review of this carrier for you to check out.

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