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Posted: 07/07/12 06:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just be careful ,some ramps are slimy ,If ramp is not steep or slippery should be okay. They sell telescoping tennis balls for lining up ball and hitch,you could put them on side of boat to aid backing up. I just wait to see boat in sideview and adjust. Its nice to have 4 wheel if you run into a problem. With a Lance 1191 ,im taking camper off then launching,sometimes you are out pretty deep to lauch and recover boat.

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As others have stated as long as you can see the boat/trailer it is not difficult. I had (before moving to GA) a 18' Hewescraft sportsman and had no issues at all. Your boat is much larger so there is no doubt that you will be able to see the boat/trailer.

In my opinion there is no need for a front hitch. I bought one for my truck and still to this day have not used it once.


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Posted: 07/10/12 05:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pa traveler wrote:

Forgot to mention ,get a rear view camera.


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Western Sky Ranch wrote:

Wouldn't a front-end hitch come in handy in this sort of situation?


Only if you use 4x4 LOW.

Here is why.... Reverse gear is a higher gear ratio than first gear. The torque converter will slip more which gives the illusion of making more power in reverse. It also makes A LOT of heat. So if you are going UP a boat ramp, in reverse, with a front hitch AND a camper on the back, you will generate a ton of heat in the transmission. And heat is what kills transmissions. Quickly.

Put it in 4x4 low and that should help. It would still be better to try to move all that weight up the ramp going forward in 4x4 low.


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The advice above is good. In my opinion, the best advise you can get is to "practice, and then practice "more. The hardest part is not seeing the boat. However, if you back until you see the edge of the trailer or its shadow, make small corrections, you should not have any problems.

Just go slow and do not be afraid to pull forward to correct the angle. Most times it does not take a lof of forward movement to straighten up a boat trailer.

It is easier to back a longer trailer. I would prefer to back up my 53' foot trailer than a boat trailer any day.


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Forgot to mention ,get a rear view camera.

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We used to have a 21 foot Four Winns which was long and wide like your Custom Weld. You will have no problem with seeing your boat and trailer. I have no problems launching my 19 foot Bayliner with my 11 foot Lance on my crew cab dually and I regularly use a rather small ramp at the local lake. When it is tight, I just pull forward and straighten out a few times. Good luck and have fun boating!

BTW, I've never had any traction problems on any ramp with my camper on. I thought I was going to get stuck on a sand ramp once, but I was easy on the throttle and away we went.


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Another vote for a rear view camera


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As long as I can see my trailer fenders, in the side mirrors, I'm good... with 4 low it walks in and out like a dream.

I'm using the torklift hitch/60" torklift extension. Towing is snap, boat stays behind the truck on corners, vs cutting the corner (curbing) before.



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