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Old 03-05-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Pulling and Launching a boat with a Class A

Well I just purchased my first class A, it is a 1996 Winnebago Brave 30' on the Chevy P30 chassis, with 454 fuel injected and has tow package.

I also own a 21 foot bow rider, and I want to pull the boat once or twice a year with us on vacation. Does anyone have any experience pulling a boat such as mine with a class A?? Furthermore, does anyone have any experience launching a boat with a class A??

I want to know what to expect, what to be aware of, etc. etc. I would imagine that some lauch ramps may be a challenge with a class A?

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Old 03-05-2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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I'm thinking pulling it out might present a problem. Bunch of weight, slippery ramp.......
Maybe unhook and ask somebody with a 4X4 to do the ramp thing in and out.

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I've seen motor homes with a receiver hitch on the front so they can launch and retrieve a boat. But I've never seen it done.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:08 PM   #4
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I pull my 18' all the time with my DP. I also launch with the MH. The rear tires never get into the water do to the long overhang. All of the launches I have done were on large ramps and I try to avoid other traffic if possible. I usally chock the rear tires when launching and loading just for peace of mind. As far as pulling, don't know its back there.
The important thing is to make sure everything in the MH is secure since the ramps are usaully sloped fairly steep.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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I have never had an issue pulling my 24' boat behind my 37'DP. I usually walk the ramp before pulling in if it looks tight. Like above, my rear tires don't touch touch the water writhe.
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for everyone's input, does not sound like I should have any problems!
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My son has often borrowed the MH to travel with his boat. However, he travels with a group and someone always has a pickup for lauching and retreval.
Many insurance plans, mine included, do not cover the MH when on a launch ramp.
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I travel most of the time with my Waverunners. most of the time, since I do travel alone, I launch and retreive by myself. Never had a problem on a boat ramp. Since my Brother -in-law got his 40' DP, when we travel together, I usually haul the double, (17' boat, his, and Waverunners, mine. Then he hauls the pontoon, or the bike trailer depending on where we are going to. His 40 footer is just too long to haul the double anymore. Anyway, The double pulls like a dream, just have to remember I'm close to 75' long. Makes for some interesting on ramp adventures.
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I just launched my 16.5' runabout for the first time. Pulling is no problem. Backing up down a ramp for the first time was a challenge. Since you can really only see the boat using the mirrors, I aligned the RV and boat straight with the ramp and backed up so the boat went semi-straight backwards. Had to go forward a couple of times. I have a short motorcycle trailer that is almost impossible to back up. The longer the trailer the easier it is.
I did wear shorts and the water is still cold. The RV tires were just touching the water so I could not get in the boat without getting wet.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:36 AM   #12
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I have a 20' center console I tow no problem. When I launch usually can get someone at the marina to do it not fond of using the motorhome especially on shallow and dirt ramps
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On our first MH we had a hitch on front and on back, when we got to the ramp we simply unhooked the receiver block and turned the MH around then pushed the boat into the water. I loved it since I could see where I was going on the ramps and the drive tires never came close to getting on a slick spot.
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This topic is of particular interest to me. The ability to tow our boat is one of the reasons we wanted either a class A or C. Now that we're going with a 37' class A I've wondered about launching and retrieving the boat.

I like the option of a front hitch, so I think I'm going to ask around and see if I can have one installed. With being a new RV'er I'm a little extra worried about dirt ramps and slick ramps. I'd really hate to get stuck.

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