RV-ing with Kayaks

Journalist and RV-er, Scott McCredie, wrote an article for the December 2013 issue of RV Life.

When my wife and I bought an RV a few years ago, we wanted to combine camper explorations with kayaking, a sport we enjoyed doing together. But we always had to reluctantly leave our boats behind because I couldn’t figure out a convenient way to bring them along. This is the story of how I managed to solve this dilemma. The lessons I learned along the way may prove helpful to other would-be RV/boaters.

We bought a custom 20-foot camper, and at first I didn’t know how difficult it would be to carry a traditional rigid kayak, which can be 20 feet long and a couple of feet wide, and weigh between 50 and 100 pounds. After a few trips in the rig, however, I realized the roof of the RV was too high (at nine feet) to store boats up there, and I didn’t want the added problem of towing a trailer.

After studying several options, I decided to find a vessel that could fit easily either inside the camper or in one of the large outside storage compartments. Several boats fit this requirement, but I was a little dubious about how well they would paddle compared to my rigid boats.

Innova Helios 380EX Kayak Wins Readers Choice Award From Sea Kayaker Magazine

Burlington, Washington – June 20, 2005

Innova Kayak is pleased to announce that our Helios 380EX kayak has been selected for a Readers Choice Award from Sea Kayaker magazine in the inflatable kayak category. The award was based on the results of a reader survey taken in February of this year. Readers were asked which products they liked the best in each of 18 categories. This is the first such award program Sea Kayaker has conducted, and thus the Readers Choice Awards are not limited to products in any particular model year. Sea Kayaker will present and discuss the winning products in their December 2005 issue.

This is the second citation this year for the Helios 380EX, having been selected as a 2005 paddling gear pick by Backpacker magazine.

The Innova Helios 380EX is a two-person kayak with an optional rudder. The Helios has been in service around the world, including adventure tours in Papua New Guinea and Lake Baikal, Peace Corps work in Mongolia and Samoa, and geological field work in Alaska. It comes in a drybag/backpack small enough to be an airline carryon.

Innova Seaker Kayak Wins Real Deal Award From Hooked on the Outdoors Magazine

Burlington, Washington

Innova Kayak is pleased to announce that our Seaker inflatable sea kayak has been selected for a Real Deal Award from Hooked on the Outdoors magazine in the paddling category. “This inflatable kayak won over our skeptical testers with its high performance.Why didn’t anyone think of this before.” The Real Deal Award honors practical excellence in gear design. Testers considered “value, ease-of-use, durability, versatility, comfort, fit, reliability and performance.”

Hooked on the Outdoors will present the award during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City this August.

The 16-foot Seaker features high-pressure chambers, Kajak Sport deck hatches, a SmartTrack rudder, a standard spray skirt compatible cockpit, and a 15-minute setup time.

This is the second award for the Seaker, having earlier this year been selected as a
Paddler’s Pick from Paddler magazine.
June 7, 2005