Rack ‘Em Up!

Rack ‘Em Up!

The SUPs and kayaks need racks in the toyhauler-in-progress and the designer has been designing away.  In the garage lurked some PVC pipe from a previous project. Now it has a new cool purpose in life!

I heard a saw running and went out to investigate….

Cutting1

Soon the first unit came in to be admired…

FirstUnit

Then it went into the trailer for sizing and more measuring….

FittingFirstUnit

As you can see the kayaks will go on the bottom two spaces and the paddleboards on the top two. So after more measuring and cutting of the PVC…

Measuring

MoreCutting

…two more units were born and a plywood shelf cut for the top of the racks for extra storage of chairs, lifejackets or paddles.

Once the whole unit was constructed, the caps on the top and bottom of the legs were screwed into the floor and the shelf on top.

PVCunitsInstalled

The kayaks and the SUPs were loaded in and it all fits nicely.

FullPVCracks

 

pvcRacksFromSideDoor

By the way, the kayaks came from IrishWaterDogs, a wonderful organization dedicated to healing injured military veterans through kayaking and the outdoors by getting them out on the water. The sale of the kayaks is a fundraiser for them.

There’s plenty of room for Andy’s long 11’6” board, my 10’ and both kayaks in the nose of the trailer.

SUPfitsTrailerNose

Job well done, Andy! Can’t wait to hit the road!

AndyWithSUPracks

 

 

 

Comments

  1. This is looking awesome guys!! WTG!.

    I’m gonna link your blog into the IWD Forum. You’ve got such cool posts on here ; )

  2. tropicmom says:

    Thanks, Dave! We are honored to be linked to such a great organization! :-)

  3. This is an awesome rack. Can you tell me what the top and bottom feet (plates) are? Is there anyway to get some more close up pictures emailed to me. Iam hoping to do the same.

    Thanks
    Dave

  4. tropicmom says:

    Absolutely, Dave. The feet are from ACF Greenhouses. They sell supplies to build greenhouses and furniture from PVC. The part is actually called an External Mounting Cap. Here’s the link: http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/pvc.shtml I’ll post some close-up pictures soon.

    • Did you add tie straps etc to stop the boards from sliding forward and backword? What size of PVC pipe did you happen to use? How long from front to back is the rack and how wide is the rack. I appreciate all the information as I am trying to do the same in my enclosed trailer.

      Thanks

      • tropicmom says:

        Hi Dave!

        The newest post has more information! Hope it helps, let us know how your project comes along!

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