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Old 04-12-2010, 01:43 PM   #15
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We used to have a 35' Holiday Rambler Fifth wheel towed by an F350 Superduty Crewcab Dully diesel. With the 5th wheel, I had enough room under the front to build a box to carry the folded Porta-Bote.
We have now downsized to an Aliner Classic towed by an F150 Supercrew. I am considering a permanently mounted roof carrier on the F150 cab to carry the Porta-Bote since I have a folding bed cover in the way of anything else.
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Any chance you can send pictures of the box you built?
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I had a 35' Holiday Rambler with enough clear space under the front to build a plywood box to hold my Port-A-Bote. It worked well. I should have done a better job of sealing it because I did accumulate road debris in the box.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:36 PM   #18
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Well after a whole night of laying awake and thinking about it, I came up with a plan "B". My living room slideout is 13 ft long. I think i will be able to mount it under the slide. I will have a heating contractor make up a cold air furnace duct (galvanizes) of 5x25x153" and closed on one end. After mounting the "duct" under the slide, I will fashion a locking cap on the other end. There is plenty of clearance under the slide and the added 5" will equal the exhaust distance to the ground. When the slide is in, it would be really difficult for anyone to "borrow" the bote, and with the slide out, the vent door would be locked. I think if the "duct" is painted black or a matching color of my RV, no one will even knowit is there. I will post pictures when finished and give more details of how it went. Thanks for all the ideas. See ya on the road!
Did you ever get your boat mounted? Would love to see a picture. I just bought a 40 yr old porta bote '73 model. I like your ideal, under the side.
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Port a bote mounting.

After measuring and remeasuring several times, I decided to use the side mounts from Port a bote, on the large coach slideout. You have to bring yourself to accept drilling a hole thru the wall. I added a piece of oak to the inside that matched all the other woodwork, to hold the nut end of the bolts. Just came back from a 8 month trip including Canada and Alaska, (rough roads) and had no problems.
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After measuring and remeasuring several times, I decided to use the side mounts from Port a bote, on the large coach slideout. You have to bring yourself to accept drilling a hole thru the wall. I added a piece of oak to the inside that matched all the other woodwork, to hold the nut end of the bolts. Just came back from a 8 month trip including Canada and Alaska, (rough roads) and had no problems.
Thanks for the reply, I may end up doing that, but trying to avoid it.
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:43 AM   #21
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We have the large portabote. We got it when we had a large pond so we could accommodate more people, but now we are in our 60's and it is quite heavy for the 2 of us to handle so I'm not sure we could wrassle it or attach it to our travel trailer. Then the question I have is - you still have all the seats, and parts, oars, and electric motor so doesn't that take up a lot of basement space? We have enjoyed it but I think we may have to sell or trade for a smaller model.
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:54 AM   #22
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The seats, oars, etc do take up space, about 2/3 of one of the pass-through sections of a compartment. We, too, have enjoyed it but since moving up North haven't had it out for years, and now no longer have the toad we wrote about above so we'd have to come up with another setup to carry it.
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