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  • Small boat "trailer"........UPDATE 5/22

    Ok. Instead of buying a new trailer for $400+ or buying a used one, I bought this extending hitch for $40. I have a 12ft Mirrocraft/5.5 fisherman that I want to take to small rivers and ponds that my main boat won't go to. I plan to strap the boat down arcoss the beam and then tie the transom down at the carrying handles. I will be putting red reflectors on the boat. Anyone see an issue with this ( I plan to make some sort of bunk system with scap 2x4)?? Heres a pic of the boat, and the trailering device I want to use.
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    Re: Small boat "trailer"........UPDATE 5/22

    we use to do that when i was a kid. dad had a frod p/u w/ 8' bed, tail gate down made 10'. we'd slip the boat in bottom up, lift the bow and slide the motor under the boat, lower the bow, he had installed a couple of eye bolts to tie it down. it wasn't bad going fishing, but reloading to go home after all day, was a pain. thank god he finally bought a trailer.
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      Re: Small boat "trailer"........UPDATE 5/22

      Ayuh,........ Looks like a Plan to Me,........Why would you Want to Buy,+ Licence,+ Insure,+ Maintain a Trailer for such a Small Load.............. IF that old Dodge has Stake Pockets in it's bed,.... It wouldn't take much to go with an Over-head Rack to carry that boat.....That'll leave the bed open for the motor,+ Other Stuff........
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      • #4
        Re: Small boat "trailer"........UPDATE 5/22

        Mount a 8" wide keel roller to the top of the hitch extension and it will be easier to "roll" the boat in and out. Might even be able to do it by yourself.
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        • #5
          Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

          You mentioned using a strap across the beam. Remember that this prevents side-to-side and vertical movement only. You need a tie down that prevents the boat from being ejected or moving backward on sudden acceleration. Run a line from the stern to one of the tie downs just inside the tail gate. This will make sure the boat stays inside the bed.

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          • #6
            Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

            I've used one of those extenders quite a lot to haul long pieces of lumber and it has worked quite good for that. I think this is a smart way to haul your small boat. I noticed your extender is just like mine and has the eyes welded on the ends of the bar for tie downs. I have found these are pretty durable and probably a ratchet type strap would do a nice job of holding down the boat.

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            • #7
              Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

              I like the idea of the roller mounted to the extender.......I took a look at it and I think I could bolt one on with two u bolts and it would be perfect.And I will make sure the boat is secured so it can't be ejected.....either in the way upinsmoke suggests or maybe utilizing the two eyes the extender has where the cross member is bolted on.
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              • #8
                Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

                Ok here are pictures. I am open to any suggestions, and quite frankly would like some opinions. I took a test drive with it today, and it seemed to work well. My only concern is the motor........I might cable it to the boat in case it wants to jump.
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                • #9
                  Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

                  Any bets on how long before the back window get taken out by the bow? Or someone rear ends the outboard?Also, duuno what the WI rules are, but in OH you better have a red flag on the rear of that thing if it projects more than 3' from rear of truck.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

                    LOL- I'm leaving the back window open at all times.....tough to see in the picture, but the bow is already going through the window a bit.You are correct with the red flag. Same rule applies here. I tied a red towel to the outboard, an am debating attaching some red reflectors to the bed extender.I was figuring the odds of being rear ended are the same as if it were on a trailer.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

                      motor weighs, what, 45 lbs? probably ok, but...is the transom supported all the way to the end?You're going to use regular tie-down straps in place of the bungies, right?pretty cool design, p.o.n.y.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

                        I will be using ratchet straps instead of bungee.......my other ratchets were in use today.In my initial planning of this, the transom support issue was something I thought was a non-issue (maybe not???) being that it wasnt sitting on this thing all the time like a normal trailer, but only for travel purposes. The support stops about 1ft before the transom. The more I think about it, the more I am thinking maybe I should use longer 2x4's turned on end and use them like bunks..........Im starting to think those "rollers" are going to dimple that hull. Then maybe extend them out to beyond the transom.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

                          Originally posted by P.O.N.Y.: The more I think about it, the more I am thinking maybe I should use longer 2x4's turned on end and use them like bunks..........Im starting to think those "rollers" are going to dimple that hull. Then maybe extend them out to beyond the transom.
                          My thoughts exactly about the little rollers and the hull. Pretty neat setup. Can you get it in and out by yourself?How do you "launch"? From a ramp? Unload and carry to the water? Just curious.I would also add something in front of the bow to protect the truck and boat. How about picking up a sheet of the foam wall insulation and gluing up a few layers to form a flat side that goes against the truck, and a v shape for the hull to fit? Nice project.
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                            Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

                            I like the idea for protecting the bow/truck. I just might do something like that.I can get the boat in and out really easily. All I do is lift the bow up onto the roller, walk to the back, grab the handles, and then lift and push it into the truck. Most of the places I plan to use this are rivers/lakes that are small or have a hp restriction etc. Most of these dont have paved launches, but just dirt or gravel slopes that go the water. I will polly just park as close as I can and drag it a few feet to the water.
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                              Re: Small boat &quot;trailer&quot;........UPDATE 5/22

                              A small trailer would be so much more convenient and a lot less hassle when you're fishing without a companion, doing it the way that you've demonstrated will get old real fast.

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