Kayaking on the water is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to enjoy nature. If you are lucky enough to own a kayak or two, you understand the joy that kayaking offers. However, before you get explore new waters, you have to transport your kayaks from your home to your favorite destinations like the Atchafalaya River or Lake Chicot. We will cover some of the basic steps you need to take to safely travel with a kayak on your Toyota.
If you drive a Toyota SUV, like a Highlander or RAV4, it likely has roof rails already. If it does, make sure you also have crossbars. You will also need a kayak rack, padding, and straps. Keep in mind that loading a kayak is best done with two people.
- Have each person carry one end of the kayak and gently lift and slide it onto the roof and into the kayak rack. The position of the kayak will depend on the type of rack you have.
- With the kayak centered on the crossbars, wrap the straps around the crossbars and kayak. Add at least two straps. You want the straps to be snug, but not too tight. Too much pressure can bend or crack your kayak.
- Give your kayak a shake to make sure it feels secure.
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