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.