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breeves2245

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Posted: 08/05/18 09:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Long story short, my experiment with a truck camper was not what I had hoped. Got a 2002 Silverado 1500, so with a payload of 1,300 lbs, I had very limited options. Bought a Capri Cowboy. Camper was fine, it's mainly a sleeper truck camper, no cab over.

Found out I really don't like having some large thing in my truck bed. It handled fine as it weighted about 1,000 lbs, but it just bugged me.

I know, kinda hard to explain but just didn't like the feeling of it. Main motivation for a truck camper was to pull a boat as fishing is my primary motivation to visit places.

Sold the camper but can't get RV travel out of my head. Just wondering if a small travel trailer and kayak makes any sense. I don't mind towing something as I have pulled a boat for many years and of course the Silverado with the towing package has capacity to spare.

Anyone venture out with a similar setup, travel trailer with some type of small fishing boat?

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As fishing is your primary aim, are YOU going to like fishing from a kayak? Seems to me that would be much different than fishing from even a simple row boat. Do you really want to give up space and convenience in the boat in order to get a trailer?

Why not get a simple van and sleep in that? It won't be any more fancy than your camper, but will have a different feel when driving.

I just don't see you being happy fishing in a kayak.


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“and of course the Silverado with the towing package has capacity to spare.”

1,300 pounds of payload leaves nothing to ”spare.” Be careful if you look at TTs.


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You are correct, I don't see myself comfortable in a kayak. My current boat is a 16ft aluminum bass boat and very wide for it's length.

Buying another vehicle ain't in the cards, got a perfectly good truck I don't want to part with. I may research a ten foot aluminum jon with maybe a small outboard to fit in the truck bed.

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There are several examples of carriers for your boat that make it "easy" to self load onto your truck. You could prolly take your current boat & be as happy fishing as you are now.

You would have capability to hitch up a TT.

I'll look around to see if I can find a link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Q_8lliuv0


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Would your fishing boat fit in a toy hauler trailer?

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Eide boat loader for your truck, then pull a small maybe 18 foot TT. Best of both worlds. And you dont have to worry about towing doubles.





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Checked out a couple of those loaders. Of course could not use that for my boat as it has two batteries, gas tank, 30hp motor and trolling motor on my boat. I could buy an 8' plastic boat (Sun Dolphin, etc) for the truck bed. Had one before, so I know what that is like.

I think the solution is if I want to travel somewhere to fish with my boat, I rent a cabin. Otherwise go somewhere I can wade fish a river or stream and not take the boat. A Little Guys TT would be about right for that. Only me, don't need much room.

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Posted: 08/05/18 04:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you don't like carrying a minimalist camper, then wouldn't carrying a boat in the truck bed be the same? Just trying to look at all angles.

I was thinking you could buy a used van in addition to your truck not to replace it.

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Posted: 08/05/18 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out this.. A teardrop size trailer with integrated boat on top.


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