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Old 09-16-2010, 07:38 AM   #1
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Ferry trip

We are planning a trip that will involve ferries. My concern is bottoming out towing aboard the ferry. We have an '07 Bambi. Any help will be appreciated. Coot

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Old 09-16-2010, 08:10 AM   #2
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Which ferry? I've taken my AS across the James River ferry from Surry to Jamestown with no problem.

We were in that area for a while and took the tow vehicle on that ferry multiple times before taking the trailer across when we left. From what I saw, the boarding ramps seemed to be at roughly the same incline all the time.


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Old 09-25-2010, 04:17 PM   #3
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He have a 23' AS and ferries are a part of our lives living as we do in the Canadian Gulf Islands.

Tides go up and down as they are wont to and the first time at low tide we looked at the off ramp and all I could think of was the black and gray water pipes by the AS bumper- " There gonna come off for sure!" I thought.

As we pulled off, we heard a grind, saw a little puff of dust in the rear view mirror " Ohhhh sh*t" I said ..... Got off the ferry and pulled over. Lo and behold, no damage at all! Two skid plates welded onto the end of the frame took the blow - no damage at all. We dont worry now.
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:13 PM   #4
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cooter, ya tow any amount of time and you see steeper curbs going into some gas stations or parking lots. Same rules apply most times -- take it slow and your rear end will approach more favorably if you approach a curb at an angle.

Additionally -- the rear of your Airstream might hike up if you remove your weight distribution bars before entering any challenging ramp.

One of my rear skid plates took it on the chin early on. The best advice to prevent that from happening again has been, "Slow down."

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Old 09-25-2010, 07:16 PM   #6
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We live on an island. The only way to get on and off with the A/S is on a ferry. Never had a problem. Yep you will have a little bump going on and off the ramp but not any worse than some of the fuel stops. Take it slow and trust the ferry crew they probably don't want a problem either.
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We've been on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry (NJ/DE) with the Bambi several times. It's always been a pleasant experience. Friends of ours routinely travel the ferry with their 25 ft. Safari with no problems. The crew will guide travel trailers, trucks, motor homes, and other large vehicles to the center of the boat to keep the load balanced. No problems at all with the ramps.
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:29 AM   #8
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BobStream...great avatar! It looks like a Smart Car ran into a big, green bowling ball!

I wonder if the driver of that 'green machine' hits the brakes really hard, will he just foll on down the road!


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