Some people say kayaking is fuel for the soul. It leads to discovering amazing areas and take in all the benefits of floating peacefully on the water doing so! Some of us live right by the water, but others have to drive to get to a river, a lake, or the ocean. Whether you have easy access to a body of water or not, we’ve got you covered with this blog post. If you’re looking for the perfect solution to carry your kayak to the most beautiful spots and enjoy nature to the fullest, these kayak trailer ideas will certainly inspire you!
And just so you know: all the ideas you’ll see in this article are easy to build with the tinktube system, even if you are not an experienced DIYer. All you’ll need are two different tools, some pipes and connectors, and you’ll be good to go (if you’re not familiar with how the system works, this section is the best place to start). Now let’s look at some kayak trailer ideas, shall we?
1. Tubes and fittings kayak trailer rack
The best way to build your own kayak trailer is to use a second-hand trailer for the base -an old boat trailer, perhaps-, remove the useless parts, adapt the structure and create a DIY rack to hold the kayaks.
In this case, DIYers build a kayak rack with steel pipes and fittings and fixed it to the trailer.
2. DIY kayak trailer with paddle locker
Paddles and kayaks go together like peanut butter and chocolate. If you plan on driving around with your kayaks in a trailer, you’ll need to think of a place to put your paddles too.
Although you could probably fit them inside your car, you will avoid uncomfortable journeys in an overpacked car by designing your kayak trailer in order to put your paddles in it.
This example shows how the center part of your trailer could accommodate your paddles if you build an integrated locker in it.
3. DIY kayak trailer with steel tubes runners
This example is lightweight and custom. As mentioned in the video, using steel tubes or EMT conduit for the kayak trailer runners makes a safer ride for your kayak!
Again, it’s so easy to convert an old boat trailer or jet ski trailer into a DIY kayak trailer, especially when using steel tubes and connectors as building material!
4. DIY milk crate kayak cart
Ok, this one isn’t exactly a trailer, but we thought you might find it useful anyway. Milk crates can be used to create DIY storage structures, but it’s not the only thing that can be built out of milk crates. They can become kayak carts, to avoid dragging our kayaks on the ground!
This is an easy design anyone can make with only one crate, 2 washer tires and a steel spacer.
5. Three-levels kayak trailer
This kayak trailer is perfect if you are looking to go on a kayak and camping adventure for several days! This rack has three different levels and can be mounted on a two-wheeled trailer.
You can use this idea to create your own version with tubes and connectors… Even the ladder can be made with it!
It’s all about enhancing your kayaking experience
We hope this post brought you some useful ideas to start your DIY kayak trailer project. If you do start designing your own and need help drafting a plan and planning the parts you’ll need to build your project with the tinktube system, reach out to Esteban, our technical expert! In a free 15-min call, he’ll be able to give you some precious advice on the best connectors to use and the number of tubes to buy for your project!
For more ideas about kayak trailers and racks, check out this post!