>Stupid question: how does a 51' Wyoming fit on a 25' trailer?
>Is the axle at the very back of the trailer? For that matter,
>how does a 51' Wyoming get legally trailered at all?
Kid of wierd how it's going to work but here goes a description.
First of all the trailer has a 20' bed on it and is built like a flatbed utility trailer. It has a 5' heavily reinforced tongue on it too.
The balance point for the Wyo is at about 32 feet but I need to have some of the load forward for normal trailer loading. Hence, the tandem axles will be centered at about 35 feet. There is 8 feet aft of the center for the tandem axles so the boat will be supported back to about 43 feet. I'll just let the back 9 feet hang free. (okay with PF&F).
The front of the trailer bed stops at 23 feet from the bow. At this point 90% of the Wyo's weight will be on the 20' foot trailer bed. The tongue is another 5' forward and I used a bolt on, adjustable ball hitch. I'll unbolt the ball hitch and bolt on a 22' extention made of a 4" x 8" box beam, and bolt the ball hitch to the far end. There will then be two heavy angle irons stretching from each front corner of the trailer bed and attached to the extension box beam about 8' aft of the Bow. This essentially will make up a triangle attached to the front of the trailer, and it'll sort of look like a boat trailer now.
There will be about 1000 lbs load on the tongue total. Heavy, but the the hitch has a 2500 lb vertical rating, and the truck can easily handle it. The 4" X 8" box beam will not even know it's there. The angle irons are to give it lateral strength when turning.
Per PB&F, I'll use one support about 4 feet aft of the bow on bulkhead "A" to support the Wyo front end and a support where the tongue extention bolts on which will be at about 18' aft of the bow leaving a 14' foot unsupported span for the Wyo. which is no problem.
I'm sure I'm not making for a good mental picture but it will work like any other boat trailer. Thanks to the flat run of the Wyo.
Until I need to haul the Wyo, I'll have a hefty utility trailer.
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