I'm in the process of trying to sell my 2000 Tundra and I'm looking to upgrade to a newer Tacoma. I would prefer the double cab short bed, but if I find a good deal on a long bed I could take that. My only problem with the short bed is that I have a 14 foot Heritage kayak that I need to be able to haul around. I'm just wondering what would be my best bet for hauling that monster around with a DC short bed. I like the idea of a bed rack, but I don't know how easy those are to take on and off since I wouldn't want to drive around with it all the time. Any suggestions would be appreciated and pictures would be great if you have em.
05-10-2011, 04:02 PM
I've been looking into options for my tandem Ocean Kayak Cabo, which is 14 feet long. Check outthe Yakima Outdoorsman or Thule Xsporter for rack for the bed of the truck, or check out the Yakima DryDock or Thule Goal Post (both are T type racks that attach via your hitch mount). www.craigslist.org (http://www.craigslist.org) can be a great place to look. These racks are spendy, but quite a bit cheaper on CL.
05-10-2011, 05:19 PM
I had a similar problem with my Crewmax, it is a short bed and I have a 13' SOT. I ended up ordering the Dual Rack from Truck Racks, Ladder Racks, Canoe Racks & More | Buy Direct & Save | US Rack (http://www.usrack.com/index.php) it mounts in the trac system (Available on the Tacoma as well), and removes with 4 bolts in about 5 minutes. Hope this helps.
05-11-2011, 12:06 PM
Yeah this helps, thanks guys. I hadn't seen the hitch racks, they seem pretty solid. I'm still leaning towards the bed rack. I like the look of the Outdoorsman, but it is definitely a bit pricey. I came across this (http://www.lowes.com/pd_117754-25338-270001_4294925623+4294836954_4294937087?catalogId= 10051&productId=3179433&Ne=4294937087¤tURL=%2Fpl_18_4294925623+4294836954_42949370 87_&N=4294925623+4294836954&identifier=18&langId=-1&storeId=10151&ddkey=http:CategoryDisplay#BVRRWidgetID) rack at Lowes that seems like a pretty good deal. It definitely gives me a good starting point so I don't think I'll worry too much about getting the short bed.
05-11-2011, 01:09 PM
I think that is the fixed mount one, the sliding one goes for a bit more. You can get an over the bed extender for the tracrac too.
As for the short/ long ed, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a long bed on a lot.
05-12-2011, 07:52 PM
Just a little update, I drove three Tacomas today: a DC Long Bed, a DC Short Bed, and a lifted 4x4 DC Short bed(for fun). To be honest I wasn't extremely impressed with them compared to my Tundra which I pretty much expected since it's a full size. I don't know if this is normal, but on all three of the Tacomas the breaking seemed very weak. Long story short, I bought a Highlander Limited that I didn't even know I liked until I drove it so I'll be throwing my yak on the roof rack of that bad boy. I appreciate the input though guys. Hopefully someone else can find use of this post at least.
05-15-2011, 08:48 AM
Glad you found a vehicle you like. You can always join us over on TN too in the 2nd Gen HL forum if you need anything. But in case someone finds this thread in the future and wonders about the drydock, here's a pic with our 13-foot kayak on it (and a shorter one in the bed). It's height-adjustable and before I need to lower it a little cause I have the back end too high.
Dry Dock will work well or other hitch extensions like the Extend-A-Hitch I use that can either be run horizontal to extend the bed a few feet or vertical to span the bed. Works well for 1 large kayak or canoe. Now that I've got two, I'm looking for other options.