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Old 08-09-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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I would like to know if it would be ok to carry a 60 lb. kayak strapped to the top (roof) of a 27 ft hilo. I have a pop-up and carry the yak on it. Thanks for any input.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:17 PM   #2
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I don't think it would be a problem, I'd use the thick foam blocks under it though.

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You can walk on a Hi-Lo roof and there's no "give". As long as it's attached securely, I can't see a problem.

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I do not know if I am extreamly lucky or the hilo extreamly well built. During a afternoon thunder storm a large limb from my neighbor's pecan tree fell on my trailer, with the roof up. The limb is about 25 to 30 ft long and 8 to 10 inches in diamater. As best I can tell there is no damage to the trailer. Looks like the heavy end of the limb was up as it hit and went off the front of the trailer. I feel real lucky.
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You can walk on a Hi-Lo roof and there's no "give". As long as it's attached securely, I can't see a problem.

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I think it is safe to point out, that adding 150 to 250 lbs on top of the camper (climbing on roof) is MOST safe when the camper is in the down position. DO NOT ASSUME that the CABLES on older campers are 'just fine'. when you assume that is when you get hurt / cause damage.
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Well stated, Sting. I've never felt the need to walk on my roof with the top raised or, to have Janet raise it with me on it. My comment was directed to the strength of the roof only.

You would probably be raising the 60# kayak at times if it were 'installed" on the roof. So, I'd certainly be extra careful about lifting system maintenance.

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Was wondering as to the best way to secure lets say a kayak to the roof. I plan to use foam blocks, but where would I connect the straps to?
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