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Old 07-17-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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Boat Trailering & Launching

To those of you with MHs towing boats or personal watercraft (and don't have another toad along), are you successfully launching your water vessels with your MH? What precautions do you take to prevent floating your tow rig and ending up on YouTube?

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Old 07-17-2014, 10:47 AM   #2
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:55 AM   #3
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I've got a Honda watercraft and have towed it behind Class-C and Class-A MHs, both gas (V10). I've never launched it. I'm worried that the V10 won't be able to climb the boat ramp incline... It has trouble doing a "step up" against a set of 2x4s when blocked against the rear...

Hopefully someone can confirm that climbing the ramp is no problem.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:00 AM   #4
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I have launched my 22 ft pontoon boat with my 35' class A without problem as long as you have room to maneuver 65' of motorhome and boat. The overhand at the back will likely be more than enough to keep your wheels out of the water
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I towed and launched a 18' ski/fishing IO boat behind a 32' class A for years. The boat was launched and retrieved from the rear and or the front of the MH. I had a receiver on both ends. In tight areas the front hitch was used for launching. The DW did the driving and I handled the boat. We had a 150' driveway and she would put the boat in the shop like threading a needle.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:05 PM   #6
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As mentioned, one can use a hitch ball in the front of the RV to keep your rear wheels dry. The angle of the ramp, overhang and wave action are always key factors to consider before launching.
When ever launching a boat, best to always use wheel chalks for the front wheels when backing in incase of a wave surge. I have seen more than one vehicle slide back into the water when a surge raised the rear end.
One can lengthen the bar that goes into the receiver and one can extend the length of the tongue of the boat trailer. I have also seen tow straps, cable, chains and electric winches used to launch and pull out trailers from the water.
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:28 PM   #7
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A steep ramp will allow your watercraft to float off before you would ever unweight the wheels. A flat ramp might have all six in the water before you could begin to get it off the trailer. I have launched my 19 ft ski boat with no problems.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:12 PM   #8
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In the late '80's I used a 26' Class C to trailer and launch an 18' Sea Ray throughout California. After about a decade, I used a 32' Aerbus with a 21' Sea Ray in the same way. I've also towed with two different Ford vans, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Tundra. I never encountered a ramp where the motorhomes couldn't be used except the rare unimproved ramp that required the 4x4 Jeep. Many of California's ramps can be very long and fairly steep in drought years. Lake Shasta, a favorite of mine is good example. I never had any issues on the long ramps, but I never, never made U-turns on the ramps as some did. Just slowly backed down. What I did avoid with the RV's was towing serious mountain grades. Freeway passes, like Grapevine or Cajon were no issue. Never would I have attempted to tow to someplace like Big Bear.
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I have a 22' deck boat that I will pull for the first time this Sunday. We are headed to Arkansas for a week and plan on using the motor home to pull the boat.

I do not plan on using it to launch the boat however. The ramp is steep and long.
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Haven't done it with our new rig yet but have launched a bunch of times a 21' fishing boat with our class c and no issues. Our ramps here in Nor Cal are not to steep but usually very long.
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I have launched my 21' Mariah with my 32' Class C but only on shallow ramps. Haven't launched with my Class A and don't particularly want to. As a rule we travel with family that have a 1/2 ton towing a travel trailer so we are good at the launch ramp.
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We have no problems launching our 23' Cobra with the Brave. With the amount of rear overhang, it would take a very shallow ramp for the rear tires to touch water before the boat was floating. You just need a lot of room to move around on the ramp. I would hate to launch on a busy holiday weekend. However, there are no issues when I take my time on a quiet ramp.
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We launched our 22' Sea Ray with a 36' Monaco Diplomat DP on many occasions. Actually, it was easier. The DP had a long overhang so the wheels never touched the water. It also had the weight and HP to keep it from slipping on the ramp.

The only limitation was the size of the ramp, but never found one that was too small.
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We pull a 26'bayliner cabin cruiser (6500lbs) in back of our 38' monaco dp from montana to nevada every year never a problem at lake mead. We back down, i stop just before my wife has to get her shoes wet, she unhooks the safety chain with boat on a 25' rope ( carpet trailer runners NOT ROLLERS!) back it all up until she floats. I never leave the drivers seat or set the brakes on the ramp i don't want to be the next you tube video rage.(PLEASE FILL LAKE MEAD AGAIN) MORE DUMB GOVERNMENT!!!!!

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