Can't see my boat

Carmen258

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When towing my boat it fills the view of the whole back window of my car and I can't keep an eye on the tires and wheels of the trailer. Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

JASinIL2006

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Without knowing what kind of tow vehicle, boat and trailer you have, it's a bit of a guessing game for us, isn't it?

I would suggest adding towing mirrors to your side view mirrors, but without knowing what you have, it's hard to know if that will be sufficient.
 

GA_Boater

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You should be using the side mirrors. Blindspot mirrors might help. What are you towing with? We need more info.
 

Scott Danforth

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are you towing the titanic with a smart car?
a rubber raft with an F450?
 

briangcc

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Tilt your side mirrors out and a bit down if need be to see your trailer tires. Been there, done that with almost every one of my vehicles and boats I've owned. If you can't see around the end of the trailer, try adding towing mirrors to your side mirrors.

Only exception is the Ram in my signature because....it's under 500 miles yet so no towing.

Forget about the rear view mirror....it'll only tell ya if the boat is suddenly trying to sit in your back seat at which point you have other problems (ie. you didn't use transom tie downs). This from towing with...in no particular order....'95 Pathfinder, Pontiac Montana, (2) GMC Sierra 1500s, (3) Toyota Tundras, GMC Acadia SLE 2, Toyota 4Runner, and Ram 1500 classic.
 

Carmen258

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You should be using the side mirrors. Blindspot mirrors might help. What are you towing with? We need more info.
Towing a 2001 Monterey deck boat, 22', Merc 5.7, tandem axel trailer, with a 2012 Buick Enclave with towing package.
 

Scott Danforth

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Towing a 2001 Monterey deck boat, 22', Merc 5.7, tandem axel trailer, with a 2012 Buick Enclave with towing package.
your Buick Enclave has a 2000# towing capacity as standard, and up to 4500# hauling capacity if properly equipped. (with a caveat - total capacity)

your 2001 Monterey Explorer 220 weighs 3600# dry weight. it has a 60 gallon fuel tank, so full of fuel and gear you are at 4000#. your tandem trailer weighs 1200-1250#

you are over-weight for your towing capacity.
 

KD4UPL

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I use the side mirrors to see my boat sides, tires, fenders, etc. If your mirrors don't allow for that you need to upgrade them or get some slip on extensions.
However, if Scott's math is correct then you probably need a new tow vehicle. Have you run your rig, fully loaded, across a scale? I used to have a 21' Larson with a 40 gallon tank and 2 batteries on a single axle trailer. It weighed 4,500 pounds.
 

444

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I believe the tow package pushes you up to 4500lbs however your boat is not light and loaded you are probably overweight. However as for your question, you can get clamp-on towing mirrors on ebay for pretty cheap and they will help.
 

roscoe

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I doubt you will ever see your tires, unless you use a remote back up camera placed under your trailer.

Thats why it important to make sure your tires and brakes are in perfect running condition, and that they are properly inflated, and replaced before they get too old, or suffer dry rot cracking or wear issues.

Welcome to the world of driving a semi.
 

briangcc

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OP....you're looking at a better mid-sized SUV - Durango and Pathfinder are two that when configured properly will tow over 6k OR a mid-sized pickup - Tacoma, Ranger, Colorado/Canyon.

None of these will get you over the "rear view mirror blocked by boat" syndrome. None of these will let you see the 2nd set of wheels on your tandem trailer. If you want a better option for monitoring your trailer tires, you might look at something like this:

 

JASinIL2006

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With tow mirrors attached to your side-views, you should get a good look at your tires. I try to check them our regularly when I'm towing, just to make sure everything is OK back there.
 

Nashville

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With tow mirrors attached to your side-views, you should get a good look at your tires. I try to check them our regularly when I'm towing, just to make sure everything is OK back there.
Something I did on the triaxle (for the boat) since there was zero visibility of the six tires at night was add a diffuse down light (LED) on both sides. Played with it a good bit to get the angle and lens right to ensure no bleed-off to the sides that would distract those sharing the road (okay, they are mostly passing some 55 + feet of me as I hover near the posted). Interestingly, bought a new 18.0-foot equipment trailer this summer. Picked it up in Somerset, Kentucky where built. It has two features I’ve not seen on prior trailers that are helpful. Side lights similar to what I added to the boat trailer, and all the market lights are cone shaped with rubber boots. Thus, if you catch one there’s some flexibility instead of being snapped. Certainly better to not catch one though.
 
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