The DOs And DON’Ts Of Using A Pickup To Transport A Canoe
When many people go camping, they bring along a canoe so they can go rafting and truly enjoy the outdoors. This is a bit easier to do when you are traveling in an RV, bus or another very large vehicle. if you are driving a pickup and you are a bit confused about how to make this work, here are some DOs and DON’Ts you should keep in mind along the way.
DO let the tailgate down when you are planning to drive around with a canoe in your pickup. This is especially useful if you have a truck that has a very short bed.
In most cases, this will add more than a foot and a half of extra storage space to the bed. While the canoe will still extend much farther than the bed, this will give it a bit more leverage.
DON’T assume that you have to use the bed. Depending on the size of the canoe you are transporting, it is actually possible to secure it to the of your vehicle instead of having it hang from the back.
Using a bike rack and a strong tether will help you keep it secure and ensure it will not fall off while you are on the road.
If you only have one, you can keep it flat, but it is possible to secure two if they are lying on the side.
DO attach something reflective and colorful to the end of your canoe. This is important, particularly if there is a chance you will be driving at night.
You do not want anyone to miscalculate the distance between you and them and they get t-boned by the canoe.
It can be difficult to determine who is at fault and it can turn into a whole mess.
If you are unsure whether night driving is going to happen, carry something along just in case. It is always best to err on the side of caution.
DON’T start driving until you are absolutely sure that the canoe is secure.
If you have to do a trial run and drive fairly quickly around an empty parking lot numerous times, then that is what you should do.
If you notice that it has moved while you were driving, then that is a clear sign that you have not tied it up as tightly as you need to.
You should do this as many times as you need to in order to feel absolutely certain it will not come tumbling down once you are on the highway.
DO avoid speeding. Sometimes people get on the road and drive like the cab of their truck is on fire.
While this may be acceptable on any other day, it isn’t when you are carrying around a canoe.
In case you didn’t know, having one of these fall off your vehicle and hit someone else could cause serious injury and possibly death.
This is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. Try your best to only drive the speed limit and nothing more.
You may get there later, but at least you know that you ensured the safety of other drivers along the way.
DON’T ignore that ladder rack that you have in your garage. This can really come in handy.
If you are someone who often uses a long ladder rack in order to carry equipment back and forth, there is no reason that you should not use it to transport your canoe.
This will give it some much-needed leverage and it will significantly reduce the chances of it becoming unhitched while you are on the road.
While there are some racks out there that may be a bit less bulky, why would you go out there and buy one if you have something useful at your fingertips?
As you can tell, the main thing that you have to worry about when moving a canoe around with a pickup is making sure that it is stable and will not go careening onto the road once you have hit a certain speed.
As you were told early, it is a good idea to do a test run in order to ensure there will be no issues once you are on your way to the campsite.