SPACE-X ENGINEERED TRAILER
Review by Ross Posted on January 15, 2019Took *FOREVER* to get this trailer. Ordered it from our local Kayak Shop -Portland Kayak. As we want to support local businesses. Every 6 weeks I would call and bug them... is the trailer in yet? They would come back and say, 'Yakima told us it will be November." Then December... but mid J...read moreanuary, it arrived!
It is an AMAZING bit of trailer engineering. Well documented. I purchased the spare tire and the tongue extension. Was a breeze to assemble. Fantastic design. Two of the electrical bosses you slide the connectors into were hard to get to (at the forward cross rail), and the wiring slipped inside the extender... so that required a 3' curtain rod to fish it back through. Otherwise installation was a breeze.
I understand Tariffs in China have raised the pricing, but hopefully future buyers won't have to wait so long. Order EARLY before you need it. It's a fabulous trailer. Expensive but well worth the money in my opinion. Much nicer in person than I imagined it would be.
We have 2 17'' kayaks and a Tesla Model X, so roof racks weren't an option. This allows us to take 3-4 kayaks now.
Review by Humberto Posted on August 19, 2018Great trailer. We bought the 78" model, and we use it to transport 2 tandem kayaks, 1 single kayak, and a roof top box (for paddles and PFDs). Getting this same set of gear on and off the roof of our SUV is incomparably harder.
Received it in boxes at the shop, and it took a few...read more hours to assemble. The instructions we clear. Make sure you have a torque wrench handy. Also, I recommend adding the kickstand to support the trailer while loading.
Review by Jen Posted on November 9, 2017Hello,
Thank you so much for making such a great product. We are enjoying our Yakima trailer that we purchased in 2015. We are able to get around Central Oregon easily while hauling our bicycles, canoe or kayaks on our Yakima trailer.
We really appreciate how lightweig...read moreht the trailer is as that makes it easy to get to the Cascade Lakes. It was so easy to hand guide the trailer to the edge of the water, unload the water crafts and have fun!
Thanks again for a great product. We receive a lot of compliments on this trailer!
Rack & Roll
Review by Kayaker's Life Posted on October 15, 2016I don't know why people wait so long to buy this trailer, Oh wait, we did the same thing. After 10 years of lifting kayaks on a Honda Element, it was time. The Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer is what we needed. It goes together in minutes and comes apart in minutes, hides in the garage well too. Tra...read moreveling down the road, you forget its back there, and parking is a breeze.
You Get What You Pay For
Review by Badger Posted on September 28, 2016Hands down the best built kayak trailer out there. Super high quality materials, design, build and welds. If I would change anything on the stock trailer it would be the heavier duty shocks, at least they are available as an option. The wheel size is well thought out no little tiny wheel and tire ...read moredoing Mach 2 at 55 mph. I haul and store two 12 foot Hobie Pro Anglers on this trailer. Made a couple of modifications using Schedule 80 4".
6 Years and Going Strong
Review by Dave Posted on July 13, 2016I purchased my 78" Rack and Roll trailer new in 2010. Set the trailer up for 2 kayaks and 4 bikes and have used it frequently over the last six years putting over 14,000 miles on the trailer. Absolutely still the best! No problems with the trailer other than a pinched wiring harness which wa...read mores my fault. No issues with the tires, still the original ones. Trailer still looks as good now as the day it was purchased. Love the ability to break the trailer down for winter storage and assembly/disassembly is a breeze. It seems everywhere we go with the trailer we are stopped and asked questions about it. I highly recommend it to all that ask.
Vanity License Plate: "2 Lake"
Review by RackMan Posted on June 2, 2016Expensive, yes. But quality materials and workmanship. Never-maintain aluminum that looks nice with its Yakima-silver finish. We haul our $2,500 Wenona custom canoe and two Perception kayaks with it. No more hassle of putting everything on top. We can unload and be on the lake in ten minutes fr...read moreom the house. It used to take forty-five, loading, driving, and unloading. More time on the lake, less time with logistics. Buy Y-a-k-i-m-a versus the other brand(s). I have used their products for twenty-five years and am a believer.
Never a Doubt
Review by Shawn Posted on April 19, 2016There are many ideas floating around as to how one should extend or expand his or her transportation requirements, and especially as they relate to summer sports. I take a ribbing from friends and family about the time and effort I invest in researching my purchases, but I am rarely disappointed. ...read moreThere is unlikely a smarter investment available than the Rack And Roll trailer, considering its versatility and compatibility. If you already own any rack system, you should would be remiss to ignore this trailer's benefits. The truckers and bikers at rest stops all come over and comment, nodded their approval on the thoughtful design and engineering. That's definitely gotta say something.
Settle on the size that best suits your needs (regardless of width I heartily recommend the upgraded shocks). Pay close attention to assembly instructions. Be mindful of all notes, and advice put forth by Yakima. Do not submerge in water (especially salt or brackish water), do not use in winter, or don't store outside. And why not collapse it and store upright--couldn't be easier!
I've used the trailer for almost a year to transport bikes, canoes and various cargo items (including several trips to lumber yards and home improvement centers). The longest trip has been a Brooklyn to Muskoka 1,300+ mile round trip on Interstates and rough side roads. I would definitely agree that a proper hitch ball height is important. Again, follow Yakima's instructions and all will be well.
Excellent sales, customer service, and everything else that you would expect with such a purchase. Just go ahead and purchase without regret. It's worth every penny!
Trouble free trailer.
Review by Kelbelle73 Posted on August 19, 2015Had it for a while. Trouble free. Very easy to maneuver by hand even fully loaded with 4 kayaks (2 single and 2 tandem) loaded. Trailer wiring harness does require to be fused directly to the battery, but with this done have had no problems with electrical system. Overall excellent trailer and highl...read morey recommend.
A better trailer
Review by b Posted on May 19, 2015This is a nice alternative to a dedicated boat trailer. We plan to use this trailer primarily to haul our family canoe (15',aluminum, 3'wide). We are tired of lifting the canoe to the top of our van. This trailer has, so far, has done all that we needed it to do.
The assembly booklet w/ color...read more photos makes assembly very easy. The components (tires, wheels, hubs, nuts, bolts, etc) seem to be high end products. The trailer itself is aluminum, light but strong. I am not a welder, but it seemed like the welded pieces were clean and consistent in appearance.
The trailer tongue collapses making the unit smaller. But, to make it the smallest profile, wheel removal is necessary. That process is not hard, but cumbersome and wont likely be done unless critical for storage.
The trailer is wide enough (78") to carry our canoe and a wide (approx3') car top carrier w/ all of the wet gear inside of it. The rig tracks well and the standard suspension (not heavy duty shocks) absorbs rough roads and big dips well.
A flat tire is problematic. I did get a flat pulling off of the interstate to adjust a strap. I think it was an unhappy coincidence and not a problem w/ the tire durability. If the trailer is heavily loaded, replacing the flat would require unloading the trailer if you were by yourself as a typical car jack does not lift the trailer easily. The nuts holding the wheel's axle in place is quite large. Your vehicles lug wrench may not be big enough, check that! The tire/ wheel assembly is too small for car shops and too big for bike shops to deal with. A motorcycle shop will likely have the tube/ tire you need to repair/ replace the flat. I am now carrying a can of fix a flat.
All in all this rig did everything we asked it to. Filling up at the gas station would always prompt curious looks and questions. The flat tire was the only bummer. Long loads need careful attachment. Our canoe would see saw back and forth until we strapped it to the toungue of the trailer. Once we did that it traveled perfectly. Maybe Yakima could consider a fix for this??!
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