Can a Kayak Fit in a Truck Bed?

If you’re an avid adventurer, you may have been considering purchasing a kayak for your next vacation. The issue of how to transport the kayak is often an overlooked factor. Many people assume that a truck bed can easily fit a kayak, but the reality is far more complex. The size of the truck bed, along with the size and weight of your kayak, are both important considerations when determining if a kayak can fit in a truck bed.

The first factor to consider when deciding if a kayak can fit in a truck bed is the size of your truck bed. A full-size pickup truck typically has an 8-foot long bed, while other truck beds may be shorter or longer depending on their make and model.

If you have an 8-foot long bed, then it will be able to accommodate most standard sized kayaks up to 10 feet long. However, if you have a smaller truck bed, such as 6 feet long, then it may only be able to accommodate smaller kayaks up to 8 feet long.

The second factor to consider is the size and weight of your particular kayak. A standard sized recreational kayak usually weighs between 40 and 70 pounds, while sea kayaks can be heavier depending on their material composition and other factors. If your kayak weighs too much for your truck’s payload capacity (the amount of weight that it can safely carry), then it may not be able to fit in the back of your truck without causing damage or exceeding safety limits.


In conclusion, whether or not a particular kayak will fit in the back of a pickup truck depends on both the size of the vehicle and the size and weight of the boat itself. It is important to research both factors before attempting to load your boat onto your vehicle.

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Susan Delgado