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jjf posted 02-24-2005 04:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for jjf   Send Email to jjf  
Is anyone trailering these beasts? If so with what, how often and how far.
jimh posted 02-24-2005 06:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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handn posted 02-24-2005 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I tow my 305 Conquest with a diesel Ford Excursion, rated to tow 10,000 lbs. The trailer is rigged so a weight equalizing hitch can be installed but I use a hitch from a travel trailer I once had. Somewhere along the line the spring bars for that hitch disapeared. As configured the hitch and receiver have a tow rating of 5,000 pounds. The ball is 2 5/16 th, the biggest. With springbars, the hitch and receiver would be rated for 10000 lbs.
Boats generally have lighter tongue weights than do other types of trailers, but I have no idea of the tongue weight. The trailer sets the Excursion rear down not all that much.
Dry weight of the boat without engines is 8500, after that I am guessing: add another 800 for generator and air, 1500 for the trailer, engines 1200, fuel and junk 1,000, for a total of 13000. I tow the beast short distances for storage and maintenance, including up and down a very steep hill to my house.
The Excursion has adequate power and doesn't seem to be overwelmed chasis or brakewise. the boat and trailer is a big wide rig and I go slow and am very vigilent.
It snatches the boat out of the water in 4x4 low and goes up and down the killer hill in the same 4x4 low range. It creeps down the hill with the engine under redline without the need to use the brakes.
I didn't have the nerve to tow the boat from California to my home in Northern Mexico so I hired it done. Instead of a Kenworth, the driver showed up with a 2004 Ford F-250 Powerstroke, stock except for air bags in the rear. He had the same type hitch as I did.
After carefully checking the driver's insurance, we took off for Mexico. He ran almost 70 on the interstate, smoothly without fishtailing and somehow got over the mountains between California and Arizona, albeit slowly. The rest of the trip was without incident, even over some rough roads in Mexico.
Sounds like I am endorsing bone headed behavior, but anyone who tries this is on their own. Hope this helps. Hank Ellwood

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