Re: Transporting canoe
I used what's referred to as a half rack, which bolted behind the cab. I built a rack which fit in the holes at the rear of the bed, which was lower than the front half-ladder rack by a couple of inches. Load the canoe from the rear. I then used bungees and a cinch strap to secure the canoe to the two of them. Whatever you do you don't want to rest the canoe on the painted part of the truck even if you have foam between it and the truck. Now at my advanced age I use a trailer which is easiest.
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