How To Make Your Own Kayak Truck Rack (For Easy Loading)

diy truck bed extender for kayak

How do you transport kayaks in your truck?

Do you throw them in the back and hope they don’t fly out on the way home?

Or do you have a rack that you like?

In this video, I’m going to show you how I made a DIY kayak rack using a truck bed extender.

It helps keep my kayak safe and scratch-free, and it makes it really easy to load my kayak in and out of.

I’ll also show you how I strap my kayak down and what not to do when doing this.

Check out the video below.

DIY Kayak Rack & Truck Bed Extender [VIDEO]

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The reason I made this cradle is because it makes it much easier to load my kayak in my truck than with just the bed extender.

All you need is:

  • A bed extender (I like the T-Bone bed extender by Boonedox)
  • Some PVC pipes (I used 2″ PVC because it right over the bed extender)
  • Zip ties
  • Pool noodles
  • Indoor/outdoor carpet
  • Stainless steel screws

It’s about 6-7′ long and does a great job of keeping my kayak safe and secure.

As far as strapping my kayak down, I just use these NRS lashing straps.

I prefer lashing straps over ratchet straps because with ratchet straps it’s easy to over tighten and damage your kayak.

Conclusion

inshore kayak fishing setup

This DIY kayak rack and truck bed extender has made life so much easier when it comes to transporting my kayak.

How do you transport your kayak?

Have any questions about this rack?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Jim Silverman
Jim Silverman
20 days ago

Tony. Nice addition to the truck bed extender. I just bought one and have had issues difficulty sliding the kayak onto it. Biggest problem with my Hobie Outback 2017 is the stern does not have a handle to lift it with. When picked up by the rudder or the bow the kayak starts to sway and go out of control. Still looking for solution to this.

Pablo Diaz
Pablo Diaz
1 month ago

Hi Tony, Can you set up 2 yaks on this ? In addition, I left a question earlier about the supports. Are they held in place or loose using the weight of the kayak. Great Idea

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Hey Tony good video. I love DIY stuff. I solved the whole transport issue. I bought a full size cargo van and turned it into my fishing van. My Hobie Revolution fits entirely in the van. Easy in and out, no need for straps. I have a rod rack in my van that holds four rods and some crates for various things. I can even sleep in my van for an overnighter if I want.
~JOE~

Gary Rankel
Gary Rankel
1 month ago

I can easily transport, load and unload my 12 foot kayak in my 6 foot Tacoma bed without needing an extender rack. Don’t see the need for it.

Paul Schroder
Paul Schroder
1 month ago

Great video! I’ll be building one of these myself but with a few modifications.
The two main lengths of 2′ PVC will be replaced with 3″ and the ends will have little glue on doors with padlocks. These will be rod lockers.
Also, I’m curious, does the end of your kayak protrude more than 4′ past your taillights? If it does, then there needs to be a taillight rigged in there as well.
Thanks Tony for all your insights and tips. Keep them coming!

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