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We currently have a truck camper, but wife has decided she likes to go to the coast. Given that the weather can be less than ideal and that there might be indoor time, we're thinking a travel trailer makes sense for us and our two kids. Given the fact that we will be on the coast, and I like crab and fish, a boat for the bays would make sense too.

So, toy haulers have entered the discussion.

I don't know anything about them. Considerations for being able to haul a 16-17' aluminum fishing boat? Can the tongue extend further than the cargo area? How do you secure them down.

I also like the toy hauler concept because it gives the kids a place to play and get sand off, etc.


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Are you suggesting to place your boat with trailer inside the toy hauler? Then back the trailer, open the ramp and back off the boat trailer?

Your truck and camper or a class C or class A are the most practical towing and launching a boat.

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Seon wrote:

Are you suggesting to place your boat with trailer inside the toy hauler? Then back the trailer, open the ramp and back off the boat trailer?

Your truck and camper or a class C or class A are the most practical towing and launching a boat.


I am suggesting or exploring that. We have another boat that would be too big for that to be reasonable. But, a 16-17' aluminum boat with a 25-50h outboard would be much lighter and narrower than our other boat.

Maybe it's not reasonable. I'm just in the exploring phase.

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You'll may want an open (non garage) hauler, finding a garage with up to 17' is going to be a bit of a challenge. Off the top of my head I can't think of any. You can check out the The Complete List of Toy Haulers

We've had other members put a small boat in the hauler, used a winch to load/unload. As I recall one beefed up the front wheel jack, with one that had two wheels and could better handle the stress.


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A TC w multiple slides, and a tent will do it. Look to the Aussies for moving a boat and living quarters to the beach. They get it done but by all appearances it looks like big money.

There is always the option of using kayaks or jet skis to fish off as well. Jet skis are relatively unknown as fishing platforms but they do work. Jet skis might fit a bit easier into the "toy" space in a toy hauler.

Trailer tongues can be built w a hinge to shorten the overall length of a boat/trailer and can be locked open to improve security if left unattended.

Paying for guided trips at your destination may also be cheaper, less stress, safer, and more productive than getting rigged to fish/crab on your own.

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I have not seen a toyhauler with a 17" garage, think the largest is 14'

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If you have a 14' cargo area in a toy hauler, I assume the tongue or something narrower enough could extend further forward? Obviously layout permitting.

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Depends if the garage has a wall at the front or it just narrows. Since the boat narrows and the trailer tongue is only a few inches wide, if that sticks beyond the formal garage area, as long as it doesn't hit anything, it should be fine.

But probably a better option is a roof rack above the truck. That's what my dad did. As long as you are reasonably fit and layout the rack conveniently, it's not hard for a couple people to put a 16ft aluminum boat on top.


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If you really want to haul a boat in a toy hauler, maybe consider an inflatable boat - they make some nice ones.


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Considerations for being able to haul a 16-17' aluminum fishing boat? Can the tongue extend further than the cargo area?
Getting a boat that size with its trailer inside a toyhauler would be tricky. Could you settle for an inflatable with small electric trolling motor? My friends kiddo has one. Seemed pretty durable. They stuff that thing and a golf cart and kayaks in the back of their toyhauler.

You would want a front bedroom model if you plan to live inside the unit with all your toys. Something with a separate garage would be nice but i dont see those very often. The cargo area is usually too small for the things we carry. Might work good for something like Harleys if youre OK with towing a really long trailer.

You need to determine how often you will have to sleep inside the trailer with the toys in there. Lots of people load up quads and dirt bikes and then remove them right away. While others travel the country and leave the toys protected inside the living space.

An inflatable electric boat would solve a lot of the hurdles. Space and gas fumes. Being able to load it all by yourself. They had a blast with it down fishing in mission bay San Diego. Wasnt river worthy due to lack of power. Things have changed though. Electric motor performance keeps getting better.

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