Do you love kayaking but find it difficult to store your boat? Then, you may need a kayak trailer for bikes! These trailers come in many different sizes and styles, so that one will work best for you. Check out this guide to learn more about how they work and what features you should look for when shopping around.
Kayak trailers are a great innovation to carry your kayaks in your car. They give you the freedom of taking your boat to any place you want without worrying about its safe storage. This article is dedicated to providing information on various top-quality kayak trailers which you can consider buying for yourself.
BOATMATE UNIVERSAL KAYAK TRAILER TOP FEATURES: This trailer is designed to quickly adapt the shape of any kayak to make a perfect fit and safe anchoring system. It has quick ratchet straps, eliminating all chances of accidents because of loose loading or an unsecured tie-down mechanism. The wheels are made up of rubber material, enhancing their durability, better traction on the road puncture-like situations, and improved loading performance.
WHAT FEATURES SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR IN A KAYAK TRAILER?
A kayak trailer is perhaps the essential accessory for your kayak. It has to be able to transport your vessel from point A to point B and protect it during transportation. For this reason, look out for a trailer with the following features:
- It should have sturdy material so that it can bear the weight of your kayak without buckling or giving in.
- It should have enough room to accommodate your kayak with its paddle, life vest, and gear inside.
- The wheels should be sturdy to rotate smoothly when you are moving around with them. It would also be ideal to be locked to prevent the trailer from rolling away while moving it around.
- It should have a mechanism that will allow you to load and unload your kayak for easy access.
- The hitch should not stick out too far so that you can still get in and out of your vehicle quickly.
- The finish should be matte not to reflect sunlight or create a glare when driving at night.
- It should have a high load capacity so that you can still use your kayak even if there are heavy downpours or roadworks along the way.
- It should have a dependable braking system so that your kayak does not topple over while parking or starting.
- The trailer should also be functional with an integrated roof, side rails, and storage compartments for added convenience.
- The company behind the trailer should have a long track record of excellence so that you can be sure they will not disappoint.
Whether you go for a single or double kayak trailer, make sure it can transport your rowboat in style and safety.
TOP PICKS: TRAILERS FOR KAYAKS (AND SMALL BOATS)
HOW DO YOU SECURE A KAYAK?
Well, to put it simply, the best way to secure a kayak is with a trailer. It keeps your boat from getting damaged and allows you easy access for transportation to and from the desired location.
CAN I TRAVEL WITH A KAYAK TRAILER?
This is a big YES! So many kayakers are using trailers to tow their boats. We have seen trailers being used in Iceland, Alaska, Greece, the US, and across Europe.
I WANT TO CARRY MY KAYAK ON THE ROOF RACK OF MY CAR/TRUCK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
There are many options for this; either you can get a roof rack carrier or use some straps to lift your kayak. However, if you are not experienced in this matter, I advise you to go with the yoke carrier. It is much safer and easier to load/unload your kayak from there.
CAN I PLACE THE KAYAK ON A TRAILER BY MYSELF?
It is often possible to load a kayak by yourself onto a trailer. However, for larger kayaks, you might require help for loading and unloading to avoid injury. Load the front of the kayak first on the centerline or close to it so that it doesn’t fall back when loading the rear of the boat.
CAN I STORE A KAYAK VERTICALLY?
A kayak can be stored vertically or hanging on a wall. However, the skin of the boat must have time to dry properly. Remember to place several pieces of doubled-over fabric under your kayak before hanging it. This will protect your other items from moisture damage.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY KAYAK TRAILER?
Two issues need to be taken care of with your kayak trailer. The first is corrosion, which can ruin any metal object left in the rain for too long without cleaning it off. Therefore, all metal parts of the kayak trailer should periodically be sanded down using 100-grit sandpaper and then scrubbed clean with a wire brush.
Then the metal parts should be spray painted with a clear coat to protect them from future corrosion. However, this process can be time-consuming, and if time is short, you can use a rust converter paste in combination with a water-proof wax instead of sanding and spray painting. It’s quick but not as comprehensive.
The second issue is bearing and axle wear. Some kayak trailers use plastic bearings and axles, while others use metal bearings and axles, but either way, the approach needs to be taken care of to keep your kayak trailer rolling smoothly for years.
Plastic or rubberized sealed bearings should be replaced every two years (although some manufacturers say yearly) because they can harden, crack, and eventually burst over time. Metal bearings should be greased annually (check manufacturer’s guidelines for specific frequency) with marine bearing grease like Lubriplate Marine Grease # 249. The axle on your kayak trailer can also wear down over time, causing the wheels to rub against the bearings.