Towing a boat on a trailer - SailNet Community
 2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 Old 02-22-2013 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Towing a boat on a trailer

So...I found a nice cat 22 on a trailer...only problem is its 200 miles away. I plan on purchasing a pick up sometime in the future but for now I have 2 Hondas incapable of towing. Enterprise does not allow towing but their ram 1500 has a hole for a ball. I guess it's called a bumper hitch. What would I need to do to attach the trailer? Just throw a ball in there with a pin? It says max tow capacity is 5000 and tongue weight 17 lbs
m2736185 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
T37Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 79
Thanked 56 Times in 40 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
where are approximately are we talking? I'd be willing to help you out

Cheers,
Shawn

S/V Windgeist
1982 Tartan 37C

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
T37Chef is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 25 Old 02-22-2013 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Towing a boat on a trailer

Far from md. I'm in jax, fl. But thanks for offering
m2736185 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 25 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
dabnis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Truckee, CA
Posts: 8,677
Thanks: 2
Thanked 116 Times in 114 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Towing a boat on a trailer

My guess is that total boat & trailer weight could be about 4,500 lbs, maybe more. IIRC, in California, any trailer over 1,500 lbs requires trailer brakes. Suggest you find out what kind, if any, brakes are on your trailer. Also, I think most trailer Mfrs suggest anywhere from 5% to 15% of the total weight be on the tongue.

Using a rental vehicle for an unallowed purpose may be risky from both a liability and damage standpoints. The incremental difference between having it delivered and renting a tow vehicle may not be that much?

I towed a 6,000 boat and trailer combination and it can be a handful, especially in the wind. A big stout heavy duty towing vehicle is a must. I towed it once with my car, an old Detroit iron sedan, and didn't think I was going to make the short trip. VERY bad decision on my part, be careful

Paul T
dabnis is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 25 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
T37Chef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 79
Thanked 56 Times in 40 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
no problem ...just thought I would offer. check with U-Haul

Cheers,
Shawn

S/V Windgeist
1982 Tartan 37C

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
T37Chef is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 25 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Posts: 339
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts
Rep Power: 3
 
Re: Towing a boat on a trailer

Try Ryder Trucks for diesel vans. They may even have a tow package on the van, to give you trailer lights.
sony2000 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 25 Old 02-22-2013
Member
 
Andrew Burton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Newport, RI
Posts: 76
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 3
 
Re: Towing a boat on a trailer

My car broke down right before I was to pick up my new J/80. I rented a Tahoe from Thrifty and got it that way. You will probably need an adapter for the lights. If you are careful, towing is no problem. Just keep it at 55 and stay in the slow lane. Use your mirrors and don't forget you have a somewhat longer load than you're used to.

Peregrine
C&C 40
Andrew Burton is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 25 Old 02-22-2013
Barquito
 
Barquito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 2,268
Thanks: 0
Thanked 27 Times in 27 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Towing a boat on a trailer

I, also, understand that U-Haul allows towing. If you aren't in a state that requires trailer brakes, I wouldn't worry about it. Just be careful: Moderate speeds, maintain gaps ahead, check bearings for heating, strong tie-downs. For a few bucks more than renting a truck, you may be able to hire someone to haul the thing (with a pickup truck). In the long run, you are going to want to have something to tow the thing. Maybe just sell your car and buy a tow vehicle (Jeep Grand Cherokee would work).

Bristol 27
Cirque
Barquito is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 25 Old 02-22-2013
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 25
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: Towing a boat on a trailer

I've got a Cat 22 and use a 1/2 ton Dodge Ram as well as a Jeep Grande Cherokee. As long as the trailer is sound follow the advice already given and you should be fine. I would definitely check the bearings and tires. Some of the rental car companies rent SUVs so that would be a possibility. Where are you moving it from? I've got family in Jax.
copacetic is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 25 Old 02-22-2013
Senior Member
 
dabnis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Truckee, CA
Posts: 8,677
Thanks: 2
Thanked 116 Times in 114 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: Towing a boat on a trailer

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
I, also, understand that U-Haul allows towing. If you aren't in a state that requires trailer brakes, I wouldn't worry about it. Just be careful: Moderate speeds, maintain gaps ahead, check bearings for heating, strong tie-downs. For a few bucks more than renting a truck, you may be able to hire someone to haul the thing (with a pickup truck). In the long run, you are going to want to have something to tow the thing. Maybe just sell your car and buy a tow vehicle (Jeep Grand Cherokee would work).
I can only speak from my own experience, which includes driving an 18 wheeler. It is my opinion that if your trailer and boat combination weighs over about 2,000 lbs sooner or later you may be really glad your trailer has properly working brakes. You can be as careful as you can be but you can't control what others may do. Without trailer brakes the extra weight will increase your stopping or braking distance and there may be downhill grades to consider.

Paul T
dabnis is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

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
changing tire on trailer with boat on trailer johnnyandjebus General Discussion (sailing related) 14 07-01-2012 05:09 PM
Towing A Boat casey1999 Seamanship & Navigation 43 01-15-2012 07:05 PM
towing and trailer questions lucianog General Discussion (sailing related) 5 02-03-2010 05:10 PM
Sea Tow vs. Boat US for towing in FL Keys? smallsloop Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 4 05-06-2009 12:17 AM
trailer sailor towing weight comparison chart? arbarnhart Boat Review and Purchase Forum 14 07-26-2007 12:22 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