How does a kayak on a roof rack effect gas mileage?

May 23, 2009 by Rafting and Kayaking Tips  
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Can you answer Sean P’s question about Rafting?:

We are going on a trip from New York to Florida driving a 99 Mercury Villager. How will putting a tandem kayak on the roof rack effect gas mileage?

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8 Responses to “How does a kayak on a roof rack effect gas mileage?”

  1. Eric B on May 25th, 2009 3:25 am

    Rafting Feedback: it’s drag so gas mileage will go down

  2. aaron on May 25th, 2009 1:08 pm

    It mite be best to rent a kayak there so you don’t risk any damage or theft on your trip.
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  3. ti89deluxe on May 25th, 2009 11:00 pm

    Rafting Feedback: Simply: it will be worse. but since the vehicle is already a mercury villager, the addition of kayaks will not greatly increase the present drag. it probably won’t be much worse mileage than you usually get.

  4. cooljoeisapansybaby on May 27th, 2009 5:58 pm

    Rafting Feedback: Luckyily kayaks are very aerodynamic so it won’t reduce your mpgs too much if you keep your speed down. But you wouldn’t drive a Villager if you cared about mpg anyway would you?

  5. Nate on May 29th, 2009 1:46 am

    Rafting Feedback: My guess is not much. But any additional drag will affect gas milage whether you notice it or not.

  6. Sweet Dragon on May 30th, 2009 10:56 am

    Rafting Feedback: I would GUESS .. an extra half gallon or so, unless the Kayak is fixed on the roof rack like a TV Antenna… (joke).
    Make sure it is fixed with the manholes tightly shuttered, to avoid air filling up the kayaks and make it a parachute …
    Make the whole moving object (Mercury+ Kayak) aerodynamic. Have a nice trip. Miami is great these days !

  7. cameraman on June 2nd, 2009 12:35 am

    Rafting Feedback: MINIMAL AS RELATED TO WT.,BUT THE DRAG VIA AIR WILL HIT YOU. YOU MAY IMPROVE ON THIS BY BUYING/RENTING A ZIPPERED COVER TO REDUCE DRAG OR MAYBE ONE OF THOSE HARD AERODYNAMIC CASES.

  8. snagelfritz on June 3rd, 2009 11:09 am

    Rafting Feedback: Above are good. You may want to check what these rent for in Florida and save some money. Heck may be able to buy one with what you save in gas! Well, I not think it be that bad, but, may be cheaper to rent and not have to worry with the kayak being tied or stolen on the way.

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