towing advice needed - Page 2 - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 19 Old 11-04-2008
Courtney the Dancer
 
jrd22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Juan Islands., WA, USA
Posts: 3,885
Thanks: 4
Thanked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
I don't think you will have any problem at all, as long as the boat is loaded so that the trailer takes the bulk of the weight leaving only about 500-1000lbs tongue weight on the hitch (you do have a good hitch rated for this load, right?). Have them shift the boat back if it looks like the truck is squatting too much in the stern. I used to make several trips per year from WA to California with a 3/4 ton Dodge and a three axle trailer with a gross weight of 22,000. You should be under 15,000. The key is getting it balanced correctly so it doesn't affect your steering too much. With the three axles with brakes you won't have any trouble stopping, adjust your trailer brake control by testing it before you get on the highway(if electric brakes). Good luck, take it easy, you'll be fine. Good advice above about checking temp on tires and axle hubs. You'll be stopping often for fuel.

John
SV Laurie Anne

1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse


Last edited by jrd22; 11-04-2008 at 12:43 PM. Reason: clarification
jrd22 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 19 Old 11-04-2008
Senior Member
 
okawbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Illinois
Posts: 240
Thanks: 2
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
I've pulled my 8000#sailboat and trailer with a Ford 250 with a diesel engine, from Baltimore to Illinois with no problem. I also trailered it from Florida to Illinois with a F350 5.4L gas engine pickup. I have dual hydraulic brakes on the trailer. The rig stops just fine. Make sure your hitch is rated for 10,000# or more. Also make sure the tow bar and ball are rated that high. An RV dealer can help with the right set-up.
okawbow is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #13 of 19 Old 11-04-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: wherever
Posts: 5,279
Thanks: 8
Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
Rep Power: 11
     
I'd bet the boat will weight a lot more than 7500 lbs. Water is 8 lbs/gal & gas is about 5 lb / gal. Plus anything else that is on the boat adds up.

I towed a 10,000 lb rig all over Michigan & Ontario with a 3/4 ton van. Make sure you have a hitch rated for the full load, make sure you do not have too much tongue weight nor too little and DO NOT use a weight distribution hitch with surge brakes! I almost had a major wreck with that setup.

Leave yourself plenty of room & don't be in a hurry.
xort is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #14 of 19 Old 11-04-2008
Senior Member
 
CaptKermie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Greater Vancouver B.C. Canada
Posts: 433
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Is this F250 rated for a class 4 tow hitch or higher, perhaps class 5 considering the weight you are towing? Does Ont.or Ill. have any laws pertaining to vehicle towing limits? It takes a fair amount of truck to tow the load you have specified and it should be rated for such or risk a fine and invalidated insurance coverage if in an accident. A long wheelbase (136"+)would also be helpful. Be sure you are legal.
CaptKermie is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #15 of 19 Old 11-08-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Looks like you're good to go. I did a huge trip from Vancouver, BC to Oakville, Ontario about 15 years ago...tandem trailer with electric brakes set with the braking system on the vehicle (Full size Jeep Grand Wagoneer, 360 V8) Stopped about every 10 minutes for about an hour out of Vancouver just to check the wheels, hubs, and re-securing all gear in place for the long haul. All went extremely well right across the country. Took 5 days of continuous travelling, sleeping on board and the scenery was fantastic.
So, Enjoy...you'll never regret or disappoint yourself! We're still with "Nazdrowie" after all these years.
Domer.
Nazdrowie is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #16 of 19 Old 11-08-2008
I don't discuss my member
 
Fstbttms's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Under a boat, in a marina, in the San Francisco Bay
Posts: 2,181
Thanks: 5
Thanked 26 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 13
 
If you decide against towing the boat yourself, craigslist always has guys with big dually trucks offering tow services in the "Boats" section.
Fstbttms is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #17 of 19 Old 11-09-2008 Thread Starter
99% landlubber, 1% sailor
 
modul8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 140
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Thanks for all your help guys.
I brought it home Friday from chicago with narry a whimper out of truck or trailer. 350miles with the f250. I have whole new respect for the ford badge. And the homebuilt tri-axle trailer was effortless to pull. Took 3 tries with the travelift , but we got the tongue weight just right.
made for a long day though.4 wide load permits later.... it's a big relief to get her home safe.
modul8 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #18 of 19 Old 11-10-2008
Just another Moderator
 
Faster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 16,518
Thanks: 104
Thanked 309 Times in 299 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Well done!!

Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #19 of 19 Old 11-19-2008
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
New you could do it...have fun with her!
Domer
Nazdrowie is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
advice from people with experience towing 30' boat Northeaster Gear & Maintenance 31 04-06-2011 11:19 AM
FL==>NC advice needed boydgatlin General Discussion (sailing related) 6 03-16-2007 11:25 PM
Handheld Radio advice Needed natejount Learning to Sail 9 06-25-2003 08:23 AM
Clueless: Handheld Radio advice needed natejount Gear & Maintenance 5 04-22-2003 05:14 PM
Cruising Advice Needed!!! 2 or 3 cabin for 3 single guys? robbieturner Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 10-17-2001 05:26 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome