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Alright, so I am really looking into getting a tracker Topper 1036. Only problem is that I don't have a truck. All I have is a minivan. I don't really want to get a trailer as that can be quite expensive. Is there anyway to transport this boat on top of a van, or do you guys have any good/cheap trailer options? Or should I go with some sort of kayak?

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Trailer option is this one - this is what I got for my canoe...though I'm getting a replacement for the tongue piece to make it longer. Little over $500 - very reasonable.

 

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200612542_200612542

 

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I’d check Craigslist for a used trailer. If you don’t  already have the boat you can probably find a used Jon with a trailer for what the new Topper cost. 

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The 1036 weighs about 112 lbs, about the same as many bigger sit on kayaks.  You could put on some roof racks.

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3 hours ago, KentuckyBlueBass said:

Alright, so I am really looking into getting a tracker Topper 1036. Only problem is that I don't have a truck. All I have is a minivan. I don't really want to get a trailer as that can be quite expensive. Is there anyway to transport this boat on top of a van, or do you guys have any good/cheap trailer options? Or should I go with some sort of kayak?

Forget top loading. Van should have plenty space inside for part of the jon or yak. Leave the hatch open, bolt on a trailer hitch ($150-200?) and buy a bed extender T-bar setup ($50 Amazon?). Definitely wide enough for the yak. They're adjustable so it may even accommodate the jon. With this solution you don't even need to buy a trailer. Tracker jon sounds like a great little boat but also don't rule out a yak.

 

 

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1 hour ago, LonnieP said:

I’d check Craigslist for a used trailer. If you don’t  already have the boat you can probably find a used Jon with a trailer for what the new Topper cost. 

This is your best best. If you don’t get a trailer to begin with you will be getting one after a couple of trips. This comes from experience and I had a truck with an 8 foot bed. It’s just so much easier with a trailer. Good luck either way. 

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57 minutes ago, Bassguytom said:

This is your best best. If you don’t get a trailer to begin with you will be getting one after a couple of trips. This comes from experience and I had a truck with an 8 foot bed. It’s just so much easier with a trailer. Good luck either way. 

I have to agree with this. Got my canoe last year, 6-1/2' bed for 14' canoe. Used an bed extender and it helped...but carting all my gear in and out of the canoe to load/unload was a pain. That's why I got the trailer this year. Keep all my gear in it as I store it in the garage. No loading/unloading of rods/tackle needed...haul it out of the garage, hook it to my truck and go.

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I had a 1036 Topper for years.  Took that thing all over the place.  At the time I had a Jeep Cherokee.  I'd just ratchet strap the sucker to the roof.  Looked about as red neck as it gets.  

 

I cared not, I am a red neck.  One piece of advice if you go that route.  Never leave the plug in if it's about to rain.

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