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Old 09-14-2020, 07:06 AM   #1
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How do you carry your boat???

My husband and I just finished putting together and installing this boat loader for our 2020 Ford f-250 7.3l tremor. We had a Coleman tent trailer that the boat used to ride on top when we were camping/fishing. We now own LC the Rivet Ritz our 2020 FC23fb, and the Tremor is our tow vehicle. The only way for us to bring our boat was to get this loader. It came from fourboys out of Canada. The instructions kinda sucked, but we got through it, and here is the test run with our boat.
I tried to up load a video of how it works, but videos are not supported here. There is a winch type motor on the rear of the loader and using a series of ropes pulls the boat from the ground up and onto the rack. Our boat is a 12ft. Aluminum 30 year old valco,.weighing under 200 lbs. The loader also takes the boat off and will either put it on the ground or place it into the water.
It all worked, and now we need to go on a camping/fishing trip. For anyone wanting to have a small boat for fishing and tow an Airstream this is a perfect solution. The end of this month cannot come fast enough..we have a boondocking trip next to a beautiful lake scheduled in the Sierras!! Hoping the weather changes and the fires in our state are extinguished soon, and the campgrounds are re-opened.
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Old 09-14-2020, 07:50 AM   #2
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Old 09-14-2020, 07:57 AM   #3
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Old 09-14-2020, 08:02 AM   #4
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Yep, this self-loading rooftop boat carrier from Canada, https://loadit.com/rear-boat-loader/, is what we'll be using to load our new 14' Klamath Boats welded aluminum V-hull "West Coaster" (190 lbs) onto our pickup truck TV.

This loader will handle boats up to 400 lbs.

Valco was a fine boat also. I'm not sure, but I believe Klamath Boats purchased Valco a number of years ago when Valco had financial issues.

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Old 09-14-2020, 08:36 AM   #5
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Then again, a real boat needs its own form of over land transportation.🥰

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Old 09-14-2020, 09:05 AM   #6
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I would suggest a trip to the local CAT scales once you get everything loaded up (including all the "stuff" that comes along in addition to the boat ....).

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Old 09-14-2020, 09:12 AM   #7
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:22 AM   #8
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Our payload on this truck with the Tremor package is almost 3000 lbs. Its rated for 15,000 lbs of towing. Our FC23fb is right around 6000..I think we will be way under
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:44 AM   #9
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What incredible genius ideas. I was thinking putting a canoe or kayak on top of my SUV. Not sure I could lift it up by myself. I just need some creative thinking I guess.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:50 AM   #10
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Our boat is slipped at a marina and the Airstream is our lakehouse. If we were to visit different lakes etc.., we would need two tow vehicles. I put 3,000 - 4,000 miles a year on the airstream doing it this way, but it's the only way to stay within sight of the water. There are no houses or condos accessible to the water.
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inflatable - folds up about 30lb - easy life
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Woah.....

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Bob. Iím very bored with the virus and all....would you please give me your boat?
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Old 09-14-2020, 10:38 AM   #13
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What incredible genius ideas. I was thinking putting a canoe or kayak on top of my SUV. Not sure I could lift it up by myself. I just need some creative thinking I guess.
Hi Flathead - the only way I can manage hoisting a kayak up onto my SUV by myself is with the Thule Hullavator. The best way to think of it is that you secure your kayak (running parallel to your TV) to two outstretched arms, and once your kayak is secured to the arms, you simply hoist it up onto the top of your TV. You then secure the unit to front and back with tie lines. Here is a link to the Thule webpage that discusses it: https://www.thule.com/en-us/winter-a...-pro-_-1685448

I believe this product won the best new sporting equipment award a few years back. I can attest that it deserved the award!
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Old 09-14-2020, 10:45 AM   #14
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inflatable - folds up about 30lb - easy life
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Vintage TrailorBoat

We've seen a couple of different ones like this at the SoCal/Central Coast Vintage Trailer Rallies. The boat is small but adequate for fishing etc., & the trailer is similar accommodations as a Teardrop size. A cool Retro idea!



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This guy took it a step further with the same model TrailorBoat plus his Splitty VW BusBoat!



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Ford Tremor very cool. I had to google it to see what it is. Is the truck higher than a standard F250? Whatís your fuel economy? Gas or diesel?
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Flosstream66 - what a great solution for solo travelers! If you put a 14' - 16' kayak on this, would you be able to open the tonneau cover on a pick-up truck, I wonder?
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:36 PM   #18
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Flosstream66 - what a great solution for solo travelers! If you put a 14' - 16' kayak on this, would you be able to open the tonneau cover on a pick-up truck, I wonder?
I don't know too much about trucks but I have a 17 sea kayak. When the craft is sitting on top of the SUV, I can still open the hatch 75 percent of the way. But here's the thing, even if you needed full access via a full lift up of your tonneau, this product is so easy to you, you would just pull the safety pins, unhook the tie lines and lift the craft down along the side of your vehicle til you get what you need. I'd reach out to Thule and ask about mounting to a pick up truck.
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Our payload on this truck with the Tremor package is almost 3000 lbs. Its rated for 15,000 lbs of towing. Our FC23fb is right around 6000..I think we will be way under
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That's roughly the same as my F-250. By the time everything gets loaded up, we are not in the "way under" category.

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Old 09-15-2020, 08:20 AM   #20
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What incredible genius ideas. I was thinking putting a canoe or kayak on top of my SUV. Not sure I could lift it up by myself. I just need some creative thinking I guess.
I'm 73 and I'm able to put our 13', 93 lb. tandem Jackson Big Tuna kayak up on the roof by myself. It's become easier the more I do it but it's still a handful. The hard part is lifting the bow up to the roof rack (or lowering it). Once that is up there then you just push it from the stern and tie it down. It's awkward more than heavy. I use a cart carrier (not a scupper carrier) to get it to the water and then I can store it in the dry storage before pushing off.
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