At the same time we shopped for kayaks, we shopped for a trailer to pull them on. We saw all kinds of them being used by kayak owners, but it seemed they all spent $1,000 or more for their trailers. After they bought the trailers, they took them to a machine shop and paid someone a few hundred bucks to extend the tongue by 12 – 18 inches and add the kayak rack. The purpose of the extension is to allow the vehicle to turn left or right without the kayaks hitting the back of the vehicle.
Purchasing an expensive trailer and then spending the additional money for the extension meant we would have to put off buying our kayaks for at least another three to four months. We wanted them now, and had already saved the money for the watercraft and associated gear. The only alternative to paying high prices for items is to make it yourself. So we did. Sort of.
We went to a local outlet store and paid $200 for a kit to build an 8′ x 4′ trailer. It took David three evenings to put it together and customized it for our kayaks. Reviews posted on the internet were either great or horrible. The most common complaint centered around the fact that the person building the trailer had difficulty following instructions or was not accustomed to turning wrenches.
The customization included laying a floor and attaching a kayak rack to the trailer. Since the trailer has a nice little feature that allows you to fold it up and roll it away for storage, David wanted to maintain that feature. When he was done, there was no need to extend the tongue. Further modifications will be done to allow for storage of kayak and fishing related items by next season. But for right now, we are happy with the trailer as it is.
David and I are blessed to have a “best friend couple”. Most people have a “bff”, but rarely are the couple’s best friends married to each other. Since my husband’s best friend is married to my best friend, we get to spend more time together as couples doing couples things. Dan and Catie are the other pair in “2pairfarms”.
Dan and Catie are awesome people. In almost every way that counts, we are like-minded. Compared to us, they are much closer to being independent. Catie grew up on a farm and is going to inherit the farm as part of her parent’s legacy. Farmers are usually more self-reliant than city folk by the nature of living in remote places, well water, and other necessities of farm living. All that being said, Dan is quite handy with a hammer and wrench. He has been busy re-purposing some of the out buildings into additional business and living spaces. Catie has been busy gaining new skills while utilizing the new spaces to generate additional avenues of income and assets.
When David and I plan to go camping it seems as if we are bringing everything but the kitchen sink. Finally we have decided to get containers dedicated for camping only. In this way we can keep all our camping gear in those containers and simply load them up when it is time to go.
Since we will be taking our Native Watercraft boats where ever we might camp, we will have plenty of room for everything we need. Not having to pack it every time we go will make it that much more joyous. Throw the containers in and go.
One container will be dedicated to things that we don’t plan on using but will bring “just in case”. The first aid kit will be on the top in that container. Maybe some flares or some other emergency stuff you never want to use.
No more will I have to pack all this stuff into boxes and squeeze them into the back of the car. All we need to do remember to restock everything when we get back before putting those handy containers back on the shelves.