Re: [bolger] Car topping or not to.
- There is a reason why my truck has a ball mounted on
the front passangers side! You can do the same thing
with most cars as well.
The one thing I didn't add is. YOu are far more likely
to use the boat if it's easy to get it to and from the
lake. Cartopping is not easy with a 80 lb. boat,
little lone one that's 150 lbs.
--- Wesley Cox <inspirfe@...> wrote:
> I'll second the advice about practice if you go the____________________________________________________________________________________
> trailer route, if you have no experience driving a
> trailer. Practice plenty. I practiced *some* in a
> big empty parking lot with my first boat trailer.
> The first boat ramp I went to, which I had never
> seen before (mistake), was very long, very steep,
> and barely wider than the axle of my truck.
> Thankfully there was a helpful guy there flapping
> his lips in my ear the whole way down, making a
> complete nuisance and distraction of himself. He
> meant well. I've never seen a ramp anything like
> that one since then.
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- The one thing that has only been touched on here. With
a small bore motor they don't like to be lugged at
all. They make their power at high RPM. So to keep
them from over heating, keep them spun up so they can
make the power needed. In short down shift as soon as
the RPMs start to fall off on the hills.
I have towed with a 64 VW Baja Bug and 74 VW Bus and
they did the job asked of them. My 79 Toyota 4x4 does
all I ask of it and then some and it's a 2.3L motor.
You also have to learn to plan well ahead of yourself
all the time you are moving. Enjoy the time you have
when you can.
--- timbo@... wrote:
> I certainly wouldn't portray my old Geo as the____________________________________________________________________________________
> ultimate towing machine.
> And I purposefully purchased my powerboat because it
> is exactly the right
> size to hold my kids and still be reasonably towed
> with my car.
> Certainly the larger the vehicle, the less it is
> affected by the weight of
> the trailer.
> What I hoped to accomplish was to provide an example
> of what is doable,
> not what is optimal. The original poster is
> wondering if he can budget
> for a $250 trailer, and I'm guessing he can't
> entertain purchasing a
> different vehicle just to tow his boat for 10
> weekends in the summer. Is
> his Passat capable of safely and occasionally towing
> and launching any
> unballasted sailboat under 20 feet without
> destroying his drivetrain?
> Almost certainly.
> You are right, hills exacerbate the wear and tear
> that towing puts on a
> car, and I've certainly got no plans to pull my
> powerboat through the
> Rockies, but I'd be confident pulling it a couple
> hundred miles on a
> weekend excursion.
> Sometimes it seems that this whole "trailering"
> thing gets portrayed as
> some big scary deal, and it doesn't need to be.
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