On Oct. 10, I started out on a 330 mile journey from Livingston, Texas to Madisonville, Louisiana for the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival.
I will limit my comments to my trailering exeriences. The rest of the wild times can be found on the Wooden Boat Forums website.
Here's the rig:
2010 Ford F-150 4X4 5.4L V8 3.73 axle with towing package
2014 Wilderness 2175 RB
2011 Rowboat and trailer (combined weight 370 pounds)
The rig is 64 feet long (one foot below the max. legal limit).
It is also illegal in 25 states, but legal in Texas and Louisiana.
At speeds below 55 mph, there was no difference in handling from just towing the travel trailer alone.
At 60 mph, an uncomfortable sway was noticeable without the the use of the trucks computerized sway control. When the sway control was activated, 80% of the sway was canceled.
I got 10 mpg using the sway control at 60 mph on the trip out and 12 mpg by not using the sway control at 58 mph on the return trip.
The sway control on my truck is accomplished by computer controlled application of the brakes. It stops the sway, but it is not good for the gas mileage. Sway bars would be better. (my next planned purchase for the travel trailer)
Pulling into gas stations can be difficult. You need straight approaches to the gas pump islands. If you have to make a sharp turn, you are screwed.
I used a MasterLock wireless backup camera to monitor the boat trailer while driving down the highway. The wireless feature made it easy to iinstall, but the antenna orientation is an issue. It is very sensitive to misalignment of antennas from camera to monitor. If there is a "next time", it will be a wired backup camera.
Interesting to note that the weigh of boat and trailer is less than a full tank (36 gallons) of fresh water in the trailer. I traveled with an empty fresh water tank.