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RACK and ROLL 78”
- Lightweight aluminum construction
- Shock absorbers provide 4” of independent wheel travel, providing greater stability and gear protection
- Stores easily in compact upright position with removable wheels and tongue
- Small wheels on rear of trailer allow you to easily roll the trailer upright for storage
- Carrying capacity is 250 lbs with stock suspension.
- Optional Heavy-Duty Shocks can carry up to 350 lbs (RackandRoll 78” only)
- Carrying handle transforms lightweight trailer into a handcart
- Includes Yakima crossbars; spread adjustable to 48”
- LED trailer lights last years without needing replacement
- Comes in two widths: 66” and 78” crossmembers and crossbars
- Weight: 160.00 lbs.
- Dimensions: L 132.00 in x W 78.00 in x H 22.00 in
- Limited One Year Warranty
RACK and ROLL 78”
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Took *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 January, 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.
Great 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 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.
I have owned this trailer for about eight years. I have pulled it from Michigan to Florida on Interstates more times than I can count. I have also taken this trailer with kayaks from northern Michigan to southern Missouri a couple of times. I am an active member of our local paddle club and paddle about a hundred days a year so I not only see how my trailer performs, but I get a chance to see how others perform. This trailer is the best I have seen among kayak trailers. What makes it so good is the suspension system. It is the only trailer that has independent suspension that includes a shock absorber. Many small boat access sites are on bumpy dirt roads and this trailer rides better than my car. This trailer does have some significant design flaws that lead me to only give it less than stars. The standard tongue is not even long enough to handle 14 ft kayak if you mount it on the end of the bar. When you try to back up it is very easy to turn sharp enough that the kayak hits your rear fender. I did $600 worth of damage to my car this way. The tongue extension Yakima sells is not strong enough for its length. After eight years of use mine has a significant bend. The paint on the plastic fenders chips off easily. After eight years of use both my fenders have lost about half of their silver paint. The most significant flaw is with the standard duty shocks. They will break in normal use which causes the tire to go through the fender and destroy any boat that is above it. I saw this happened on a friend's Yakima trailer on a club trip. The trailer was far from being overloaded, and it happened at highway speed. Everyone in our club who has this trailer has purchased the heavy duty shocks and has made a stop on the swing arm so that if the shock breaks, it cannot go through the fender up into a kayak. The last flaw has to do with the wiring. If you disassemble the trailer for storage, it is very easy to cut one of the wires when re-assembling the trailer because the wires are very fragile. After doing this three different times I went to a trailer shop and had them protect the wires with a plastic cover called "snakeskin". I just think that for the price of the trailer, a user should not have to work around all these flaws.
I want to love this trailer and did the first year. Since then, nothing but problems with the wiring. Yakima sent a replacement harness which also didn't work, and they showed zero interest in helping us since. Our local dealer has tried a bit more but at the end of the day I can't use it or sell it. I've hooked it up to three different vehicles so it's not my car. Now what?
Hello, 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 lightweight 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! Best regards, Jen Renzaglia Bend, Oregon
I 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. Traveling down the road, you forget its back there, and parking is a breeze.
Hands 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 doing 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".
I 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 was 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.
Expensive, 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 from 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.
There 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. There 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!