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Do You Canoe, Kayak, or Inflatable Boat?

Personal watercraft are not always towed.  Canoes and kayaks are often strapped – literally – to the roof or sides of a truck camper.  Inflatable kayaks, canoes, and boats are sometimes stuffed into the rear extended or crew cab seat area of trucks.  We’ve even seen folks put their kayaks inside their campers when they travel.

As they say, if there’s a will, kayaks happen.  You already canoe that?  Yeah, but water you know?  Okay, that’s enough bad jokes.  I should know boater.

What’s fascinating are the sheer number of ways people strap, stuff, and otherwise shoe horn canoes, kayaks, and inflatable boats in, on, and all-over their truck camper rigs.

What’s equally interesting is the diversity of these watercraft.  We met a couple in Washington State who made their own wooden kayaks.  We met another couple who had a folded canoe on the side of their rig.  Yet another had a rather impressively large inflatable that somehow fit inside a bag in their truck’s back seat.  I would like to see how they did that.

This week’s Question of the Week is, “Do you canoe, kayak, or inflatable boat when you go truck camping?”

If you do, we want to know all about it.  What brand, make, and model of canoe, kayak, or inflatable boat do you bring when you go truck camping, and exactly how do you bring it?

Of course we also want to hear from folks who pull their canoes on a trailer, or rent them when they arrive.  If you canoe, kayak, or inflatable boat when you go truck camping, tell us how.

Bonus question 1: Please recommend some great destinations for truck camping for canoeing and kayaking.

Bonus question 2: How do you get back to your rig after a day of paddling down stream?  Can you just pop the cork on the inflatable boat and deflate your way back?  I saw that once in a Scooby Doo cartoon so I know it’s possible.

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