How Do You Build a Kayak Trailer Rack?

Kayaking is an amazing way to explore the great outdoors and get some exercise at the same time. But transporting your kayak to and from the water can be a hassle, especially if you don’t have a truck or a large vehicle.

This is where a kayak trailer rack comes in handy. A kayak trailer rack can easily be attached to any trailer hitch and allows you to safely transport your kayak without any hassle.

Here’s how you can build your own kayak trailer rack.


Before you start building your kayak trailer rack, you will need some materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two 2x4x8 boards
  • Two 2x6x8 boards
  • Four U-bolts
  • Sixteen nuts and bolts (1/4 inch)
  • Sixteen washers (1/4 inch)
  • Sixteen lock washers (1/4 inch)

Steps to Build Your Kayak Trailer Rack

Step #1: Measure & Cut Your Boards

The first step is to measure and cut your boards. You will need to cut two pieces of the 2x4x8 board to a length of 26 inches each, two pieces of the 2x6x8 board to a length of 72 inches each, and two pieces of the 2x6x8 board to a length of 18 inches each.

Step #2: Assemble the Base Frame

Next, assemble the base frame by connecting the two shorter pieces of the 2×4 boards with one longer piece of the 2×6 board on each side. Use four nuts, bolts, lock washers, and washers to secure each joint. This will create a rectangular frame.

Step #3: Add the Support Beams

Now, it’s time to add the support beams. Take the two longer pieces of the 2×6 boards and position them parallel to each other on top of the base frame. Use four U-bolts to attach them securely to the base frame.

Step #4: Attach the Crossbars

Once you have attached the support beams, it’s time to add the crossbars. Take the two shorter pieces of 2×6 boards and position them perpendicular to the support beams at either end of the rack.

Step #5: Test Your Rack & Make Adjustments

Your kayak trailer rack is now complete! Place your kayak on top of the rack and make sure that it fits snugly. If there is any wobbling or instability, make adjustments until your kayak sits securely on top of your new rack.


Building your own kayak trailer rack is an easy and cost-effective way to transport your kayak safely and efficiently. With just a few materials and some basic tools, you can build a sturdy rack that will last for years.

So why wait? Get started today and enjoy hassle-free kayaking adventures!

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Daniel Bennet