How Do You Put a Kayak in a Short Bed Truck?

Putting a kayak in a short bed truck can be challenging due to the length of the kayak and the size of the truck bed. If you are going to transport your kayak in a short bed truck, it is important to take certain precautions to ensure that your kayak does not get damaged or cause an accident.

Step 1: Load the Kayak – Start by loading your kayak in the middle of the truck bed, with the bow facing the cab. Be sure that it is centered and secure, then tie it down with straps or bungee cords. Make sure that you do not tie it down too tightly as this could damage and deform your kayak.

Step 2: Secure Your Gear – Once your kayak is secured, you will need to make sure that all of your gear is securely stored in or on top of your kayak. Do not overload your kayak as this could cause it to become unstable and possibly flip over while in transit.

Step 3: Attach a Flag – To ensure safety on the road, you will need to attach a flag or some other type of reflective material at least three feet above your kayak so that other drivers can see it more easily from a distance.

Step 4: Drive Safely – Once you have loaded and secured everything, it’s time to hit the road! Take extra precautions when driving with a loaded down short bed truck as you may have reduced visibility due to the height of your load. Additionally, be sure to go slow around turns and sharp curves as this will help prevent any accidents.


Transporting a kayak in a short bed truck may seem daunting but with proper preparation and safety precautions, it can be done safely and effectively. Be sure to load and secure your gear properly, attach a flag for visibility on the road, and drive carefully when transporting your loaded down short bed truck.

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Stephen Dunn