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mxdad777

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Posted: 12/20/21 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm wanting to haul a 14' aluminum boat along with having my 5th wheel hooked up. I've seen some racks where the boat loads on top of the cab and extends out over the hood. Usually supported by a goal post of some type attached to the front of the truck. Do any of you have a set up like this? I'm looking into either buying one or making one. Thanks!


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You can sometimes find these used on Craigslist.

https://boatloader.com/

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If you proceed I believe you'll find the "shade" created by the boat enjoyable...like a truck camper.


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I have one I use to haul a 16' canoe. It works very well, but putting your boat up there would be more than my tired old body would want to attempt. I'll probably quit hauling the canoe before too long as age is catching up with me. There is a company that makes a roof mounting system that mechanically pulls your boat up without all the strain of the goal post system. A google search should find it.


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Yes, the kind I want uses a winch to load the boat. You just have to help guide it on. There are lots out there that have the boat over the bed, but I need one that extends over the front hood because of my 5th wheel.

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goducks10 wrote:

You can sometimes find these used on Craigslist.

https://boatloader.com/


Only thing I don't like about this is the fact that you're loading your boat a$$-end forward. I'd think that'd kill your mileage (even more). I'd figure out some way to load it so the pointy end is in front! :-)

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laknox wrote:

goducks10 wrote:

You can sometimes find these used on Craigslist.

https://boatloader.com/


Only thing I don't like about this is the fact that you're loading your boat a$$-end forward. I'd think that'd kill your mileage (even more). I'd figure out some way to load it so the pointy end is in front! :-)

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Look at the shape of a drop of water as it falls thru the air. Does it come down point first?
In the trucking industry they have found adding something to back of trailer, reducing that square to just slightly pointed makes a big decrease in wind resistance.

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laknox wrote:

goducks10 wrote:

You can sometimes find these used on Craigslist.

https://boatloader.com/


Only thing I don't like about this is the fact that you're loading your boat a$$-end forward. I'd think that'd kill your mileage (even more). I'd figure out some way to load it so the pointy end is in front! :-)

Lyle


Agree. I've thought about doing what you're talking about but I don't like the stern of the boat facing forward either.

I don't think it's possible to have the boat facing forward and over the trucks hood vs bed when using a loader.

Only way is to do the pole on the front and manually lift it onto a roof rack.

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If you use a dash mounted GPS, the boat may block the signal.

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Add the steel structure to carry a "Boat ??" ....then add the boat up front on your 2500 GM front axle. I see lots of snow birds going south with a set up like that but the boats look very small and lite weight.
Ya' sure don't want to overload the trucks front axle/tires.

I also see plumbing guys or other service folks doing garage over head doors with full length over head racks that sit at the back of the bed and on the trucks front frame rails. This gives a better overall front/rear axle loading.

And I see boat transport folks usually a one ton srw/drw with a full bass boat/trailer 300 hp merc on a over head rack and pulling another off the bumper.
let google be your search friend.


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