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Offline De-tension

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Hobie PA trailer rig
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:53:38 am »
Made this up a couple weeks ago.  Just had to wait till I had the Yak out to take pics. 
Was very simple and cheap. 
2 10 foot 4inch PVC tubes ($17 each)
4 U bolts ($2 each)
4 metal brackets ($2 each)
I cut the PVC down to just over 7 1/2 feet.
If I put some type of rubber cap over the end of the ubolts inside the tube and put caps on the ends, I can use them as rod storage when traveling.
My arms are thin enough that I could reach inside the PVC to get a ratchet wrench on the nuts of the ubolts to tighten them, so I did not need to drill a hole in the top of the PVC to put an extended ratchet down to tighten the nuts.
I was originally planning to add an 2 extra nuts and bolts in the open holes of the metal brackets for more security.  I still may do that.
It is good and solid, I can sit in the kayak on the trailer.
It should prevent any deformities to the hull.
Was going to use 2 inch PVC like another member posted, but then I would have needed a riser to make it high enough to the hull didn't hit the trailer.  Then a buddy suggested using the tubes for storage and going to 4 inch.  Should be no problem to rig up caps that lock.
Had the first test run yesterday and it worked like a charm.  3 hours to the fishing hole and back, kayak was stable the whole time.

Here is what it looks like.


Here is how the brackets are attached underneath


Here it is with the kayak on it.



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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 10:58:19 am »
Nice job Stefan!

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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2011, 05:40:57 pm »
how much was the trailer?
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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2011, 05:59:39 pm »
Thats a mint set up.
How fast can you get on the highway with that trailer?

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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2011, 08:52:51 pm »
Great set up.May try copying it .Looks like it would work well for my Coosa.
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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2011, 08:55:01 pm »
Thats a mint set up.
How fast can you get on the highway with that trailer?

Yeah, id like to know how fast you can go with this trailer too!!!


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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2011, 11:09:15 pm »
I was going 120km/h on the 402.  Very stable, you don't even know its there.  Wind didn't affect it as it is in the slipstream of the truck.  I thought about putting the PA on backwards so the wind is blowing the seat down, not trying to open it up which would put pressure on the strap holding the seat closed. 

Will be putting a second set of J-bars on it when I pick them up.  There is also lots of room below the kayaks to put some kind of box that could hold gear such as life jackets, etc.

The trailer was donated to the kayak fishing series I participated in last year I believe for cost.  I think they are around 1500-1800$ (check out malone on the internet).  The winner of the kayak series had the first option to purchase it as the Hobie PA(first prize) was sitting on it.  So when I won the PA, I decided to take the trailer. With the spare tire (which I still have to mount) and the saddles, (which I took off as they were deforming the hull of the pa due to its weight) I paid about $1000. 

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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2011, 10:47:44 am »
If you put end clean outs on one end of the PVC and caps on the other should work for storage of rods or what have you.I have done this in the past and it works great.
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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2011, 07:10:07 pm »
I have to put the caps on so they are removable in case I have to make adjustments.  My arms have to fit in the tube to loosen off the u-bolts.  But if I do that, I certainly could put rods inside.

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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2011, 08:36:27 pm »
A couple of pvc couplings and pvc end clean outs would work.glue couplings and end clean outs on.Clean outs come with screw in ends so access is no problem.
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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2011, 08:37:21 am »
Yeah, that would work too.  would there be an easy way to put a lock on that?

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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2011, 12:41:25 am »
Only thing that comes to mind would be drilling a small hole through the end coupling(male and female parts) and inseting a large hitch pin that has a lock hole on it.(have seen long enough ones at princess auto that would fit say 3'' to 4'' PVC).The only issue that comes to mind would be water tightness but if tolerances were tight shouldn't allow much water in.I have'nt tried this myself so don't know for sure but with hitch pin inserted it wouldn't allow clean out to be opened.Let me know if you try it as would love to see if it works.
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Re: Hobie PA trailer rig
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2015, 07:18:11 pm »
Bumping this thread. 
Wondering now that youve used the trailer for a while if you still like it.


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