Kayak Trailer

  • Advertise with us
Project by Chris Moellering posted 02-28-2011 05:17 PM 11215 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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+

5 comments so far

View Ken90712's profile


17739 posts in 3694 days

#1 posted 02-28-2011 05:27 PM

Nice job and great idea. Hope you had a great time off with your family!

God Bless and Thx for Serving!

Ken USN 1983-1999

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View Jerrymaxx's profile


10 posts in 3149 days

#2 posted 02-28-2011 07:31 PM

Nice Job!

View Dennis Fletcher's profile

Dennis Fletcher

467 posts in 3559 days

#3 posted 02-28-2011 07:52 PM

Wow, what a great way to retrofit a trailer to your specific needs. Well done, love the storage area.

The trailer, even loaded, probably doesn’t drag on the van too much, as kayaks aren’t all that heavy, so, adding the treated lumber was a great idea. I’ve seen people paint over regular lumber, thinking it good enough and had to re-paint in a couple of years, where this should hold up very well.

By the way, Thanks for serving.

U.S. Army 1988-1990

--, Making design and application one. †

View Leprechaun's profile


4 posts in 2438 days

#4 posted 02-08-2013 11:35 PM

Well thought out and very well executed. I particularly like the maidenhead in photo #4. And I’m surprised that Ken didn’t point out that they traditionally go on the front (prow), leaving it up to an Airman (USAF 1961-1963) to put in the sour word.

And only a jigsaw? You ROCK!

View Chris Moellering's profile

Chris Moellering

227 posts in 3153 days

#5 posted 02-09-2013 12:37 AM

Thanks. It was a fun build. I have since sold it since we’ve downsized our “fleet” as kids have been getting bigger and moving out.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics