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Old 03-12-2015, 06:17 PM   #1
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Towing a boat

Did a search and found this topic hasn't been discussed In a while.

For those that are towing a boat do you find issues with the length of your MH and limited access due to the boat ramps you can use?

Many of the local lakes i use would be tough to launch with anything longer than a pickup.

I'm considering a class c, as that is the minimum acceptable to my better half. Maybe 24 ft or 27 ft at most. I'm Mostly interested in northeast and southeast lakes and parks, as I am not ready for retirement.
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Notice our signature picture. Yes, we tow a boat. We typically use a pick-up to tow the boat, but the RV is very capable of towing it. Boat ramps can be tight when there is no room to make a "Y" turn at the ramp, so in that case, we have had to get the set-up turned around and back-up to the ramp (very easy with the rear view camera).

A averaged sized Class C would be very easy to use on a boat ramp, with a long rear overhang keeping the RV's rears out of the water.

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Did a search and found this topic hasn't been discussed In a while.

For those that are towing a boat do you find issues with the length of your MH and limited access due to the boat ramps you can use?

Many of the local lakes i use would be tough to launch with anything longer than a pickup.

I'm considering a class c, as that is the minimum acceptable to my better half. Maybe 24 ft or 27 ft at most. I'm Mostly interested in northeast and southeast lakes and parks, as I am not ready for retirement.
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Towing a boat with an RV is no different than towing it with anything else. What you are is, limited in viewing angles when backing due to size and length of the coach. We towed with our 27' Class C for several years and, launched with it too. Although the size of the boat launch ramps do make a difference, the driving and backing skills of the driver also make a difference. Some folks are just not that good at backing a motor home, much less, aiming a boat into the water in a narrow launch ramp from an angle.

If you've backed a boat with a pickup and, are fairly efficient at it, you'll have no issues adapting to the coach. The smart thing to do would be, after you purchase your new coach, hook it to the boat and, in the evening someplace big, like a parking lot of a huge business that's closed for the evening and, practice backing and seeing what you can see in the mirrors and, how the timing of a turn while backing effects how the boat turns and straightens out.

This will give you good ammunition when the real thing happens at a ramp. You certainly don't want to look like you have no idea what you're doing at boat ramp in front of a bunch of onlookers. That happens enough without RV folks entering the picture.

But again, if you're used to a pickup in backing your boat, a class C WILL act different due to a different turning radius. Practice, practice, practice. That's what will build confidence in your ability. Get a couple of those little soccer cones to practice backing around.

Then, when you hit the boat ramp, people will think you've been at it for years.
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