DIY – Kayak Trailer

How do you transport your kayak?

As kayak fishermen, one of the first issues we have to address is how are we going to get the kayak to the water? There are a variety of options, including:

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B014VC3QRG’ text=’Car top kayak racks’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’river0d-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c34a2f41-4c9b-11e7-9941-2da6aa48fd00′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01AW6BEBK’ text=’Truck bed extenders’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’river0d-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c9a78466-4c9b-11e7-8ad4-793f3e8d0d8c’]
  • Commercially made [amazon_textlink asin=’B00NVRG00I’ text=’kayak trailers’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’river0d-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d39f6541-4c9b-11e7-931f-4ba45c63184f’]

But of all the available options, the most versatile is the DIY trailer. Before you watch the video on how to build your own, here are a few pro’s and con’s to consider.


  • Less Expensive
  • Highly modifiable
  • Durable – They are typically “beaters” and its not a big deal if it gets banged around a bit
  • New parts are relatively inexpensive.
  • More Storage opportunities


  • Tend to break down more
  • Parts and support structure may be worn out
  • Tires and bearings may need to be replaced right away
  • Owner needs to be comfortable getting their hands dirty. You will be working / fixing your DIY trailer

Frozen hubs on kayak trailerPro-Tip: 

Replace your bearings immediately! A frozen hub can be a costly mistake.



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