|Project by Chris Moellering||posted 02-28-2011 05:17 PM||4346 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Made this in June 2009 when I returned from a deployment to Iraq. We had decided we were going to go camping and kayaking on my 30-day block leave, so we needed a way to transport enough sit-on-top kayaks for all 6 of us in our family.
I started with a 5’x8’ utility trailer from Lowe’s. After removing the rear ramp, I decked it with exterior-grade plywood. Next came the superstructure from treated lumber. Wrapped the whole thing in more exterior plywood, used some “pool noodles” for padding and tie down the kayaks.
It has worked great since then. The storage space inside holds life jackets, paddles and camping gear and is accessed by front and rear doors. It has logged several thousand miles now without incident.
I made it all using only a jigsaw and a cordless drill for powertools. If I was going to do it today, I’d probably try to do something more elaborate than butt joints for additional strength and rigidity.
This last picture shows it attached to the van, about half way through our big trip that summer.
-- Grace & peace, Chris+