Roof bars for motorhome

Submitted: Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 21:32
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I tow a large kayak behind my 8 metre Winny. I am planning a Tassie trip next year and have done the Maths and it would cost an arm and two legs to take it on the ferry on a trailer across to Tassie. It needs to go on the roof. Does any know who would fit roof bars to the motorhome so that I can attach something like Rhino kayak accessories to the bars.
Has anyone done this? I know Fiamma has something but it is for small kayaks and is not suitable as mine is a tandem and is long at 5.5 m and relatively heavy.

Mick
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 21:38

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 21:38
Sorry mate but we don't "do the maths"! The yanks do. Same as the "get go" and "straightaway". It's nothing new they have been saying stuff like that for decades.

If you add height is that going to be a problem? Maybe classifying the vehicle into a higher cost bracket for the ferry.

Phil
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Follow Up By: MickMew - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 22:05

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 22:05
Phil

As a born and bred Australian and Maths teacher for 30 years I do the maths. What do you say ? I am interested.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 22:51

Friday, Jul 05, 2013 at 22:51
I would have said it in one of two ways; namely
1. "I am planning a Tassie trip next year and have calculated that it would cost an arm and two legs to take the kayak on a trailer behind the Winebago". or
2. "I am planning a Tassie trip next year and have worked out that it would cost an arm and two legs to take the kayak on a trailer behind the Winebago".

I just can't stand the way people copy the yanks. Same with "twice" and "third". You now hear "two times" and "three times" instead. Another americanism. Too many alerican movies and not concerned about losing our Australian identity.

But this is OT and my post was more concerned with the height of the vehicle. Which, by the way, you apparently didn't even bother reading because you didn't answer my question.

Phil
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 00:19

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 00:19
Americans say "if you do the Math"...not Maths. I have an American client and I just asked her how she would say this.

I have always used the phrase "if you do the Maths".....

Anyway, this forum is not about the use of the English (Australian) language, it's about touring.

Mick, it seems as though your height may cost you more then your length....best you do the maths and hop online for a quote.

Brett....
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 08:18

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 08:18
Am I right Brett? Is there a height issue? We found there was one on the Indian Pacific and nearly got stuck with stuff on the roof. Luckily we removed it before leaving home. Wouldn't be there when we returned three weeks later.

I do know what you mean. It just grates me.

Phil
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 09:42

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 09:42
Phil,

It's 4.2 metres....more than the Indian pacific from memory. I don't know how tall motor homes are. Kayak on top would make a difference, but may he may be safe putting it on top.

I was on their last night booking a trip across in Jan, and noticed it. There are limited spots of over 2.1 metre vehicles according to the site, so he would need to get in quick.

Brett...
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 09:54

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 09:54
I thought that it may have been a stupid question for a minute there, and cheesed him off.

Way more than the trains Brett. I think the train from Sydney is just bigger than a Holden. Our 100, without roof racks, wouldn't fit. We had to join the Perth train in Adelaide where the height was fine. But they said nothing on top. Racks, coffins etc. Nil.

Not planning on going to Tassie with the car. If we do go we will hire.

Have a good one

Phil
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Reply By: Member - Brian P (SA) - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 11:04

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 11:04
Hi Mick. I do not know how big your camper or kayak is. But will the kayaks fit inside the camper? I am not saying all the time but just for the trip on the ferry. You can put them on top of your camper once you disembark off the ferry in Tassie. That is if height is an issue. Brian.
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Follow Up By: MickMew - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 19:55

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 19:55
I have a Winnebago Esperance which is 3.2 m high but I do have a ladder to access the roof. The kayak is a hobie tandem island but I only intend to take the centre hull which is 5m long and cannot fit inside.
The reason for my query is that the cost each way would be $245 for the motorhome with the kayak on top but towing my Suzuki with the kayak on top or towing the kayak on a trailer would cost $887 each way.
So even if it cost a few hundred dollars and was a bit difficult to haul onto the roof I would still be well in front.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 23:26

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 23:26
Quote -"The reason for my query is that the cost each way would be $245 for the motorhome with the kayak on top but towing my Suzuki with the kayak on top or towing the kayak on a trailer would cost $887 each way."

Are you travelling alone? Each adult passenger is entitled to board with one vehicle. When people with a motorhome and toad go to Tas they generally put the A-frame in the motorhome and the wife drives the small vehicle on separately. If the accompanying vehicle is not large it goes over at car rates. Do your maths and calculate the difference.
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Follow Up By: MickMew - Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 10:00

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 10:00
Good thinking I had not thought of that possibility. However I hesitate to use the phrase " do the Maths" for obvious reasons.
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Reply By: Member - Lisa & Peter (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 17:07

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 17:07
Hi mick

Semi trailers ride on the spirit of Tasmania, so it should be possible to get a spot, though as others have said, you need to book early.

Rhino and Thule make specialist accessories for kayaks etc, but whether you can get roof bars that will suit is another matter, maybe check out your local ARB or TJM store

Another issue for you will be getting the kayak up and down, if it is heavy it will be a difficult job to lift it so high. We put our portabote on the top of our hilux which is just over 2.1metres, but the two of us couldn't lift a tinny up there, and we are just able to reach without standing on a step. I imagine your motorhome is taller than our hilux, and how much does your kayak weigh?

Good luck with your trip, tassie is a great place, hopefully you have plenty of time to take is slow and get good value for the price of your ferry tickets.

Cheers


Lisa
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Follow Up By: MickMew - Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 19:59

Saturday, Jul 06, 2013 at 19:59
If I can get roof racks on top I am sure I can rig some sort of rope system to get the kayak there. If I can't find some ready mades I may have to fabricate something.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Jul 07, 2013 at 12:41

Sunday, Jul 07, 2013 at 12:41
Leave the Kayak at home ? And then Hire in Tassie when needed ? Math / Maths = pedantic highjack ............
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Reply By: Daisy G - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 15:43

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 15:43
Do you mean that you want to add a roof carrier?
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Follow Up By: MickMew - Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 18:38

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 18:38
I want the equivalent of car roof racks that are suitable for bolting onto the roof.I have solar, a ladder, various roof vents and the TV antenna all of which are bolted or screwed on the roof so screwing a set of roof bars should not be a problem if I can find some. As I said in the last post I am coming to the realization that I may have to go down the fabrication route.
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