Boat Rack for Camper Trailer

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00
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Hi Guys and Gals, wanting to add a boat rack to my camper trailer and am in doubt which is the best and most compact way to construct it keeping in mind that we do stay at caravan parks occasionally and dont wish to pay for 3 sites while we are there, have thought of making it pivot from the front of the trailer and have two drop down wheels at the rear.Do not want to waste time with struts as l like the keep it simple approach.Have any of you tried this with success, as my trailers canvas folds out to the side, l thought l could have the boat rack swing the same way but it would sit at 90 degress with the a frame of the trailer so will not take up exta space, l am very handy with a welder so please share your thoughts.Ps. the tinnie we are planning to purchase is 12ft.
Regards Jason
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Reply By: Truckster - Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00
It all depends on brand model and style of trailer. What sort of car and Trailer??

I think the 'workmans' style of 4 posts with 2 cross beams with Rollers on the back section to slide it on and off would be easiest.

But since you sound like you dont want to take it off the trailer at van parks, Roof Racks on your car may be the best option.

Had a mate that just took a GU with 12 ft Tinny to cape andback with it on the roof, it also acted as a cover for the stuff on the roofrack.....

HTH
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Reply By: Melissa - Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00
Hi Jason, You could try asking at http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/campertrailers. They have nearly 300 members so this could be a good source of info. I've seen a similar set-up to the one you describe that pivots from the front of the trailer. It was a little more elaborate though in that rather than just have two cross beams, it had a platform to which was secured the fuel tank, outboard, oars etc with the tinny placed over the top of the lot. Looked so good we're considering this kind of arrangement ourselves. Also talked to a bloke that had the 4 post arranged from each corner of his camper. On one side was a locking latch, the other was hinged (no struts). The boat was carried upside down and simply flipped over of the hinges and lowered to the ground. He reckoned it wasn't too heavy because most of the weight was on the frame except when initially lifted back up. Only problem was that he'd made the frame to sit nice and low over the trailer, but as his trailer was fairly low, when the boat was flipped over to the ground, it rested upright on a low angle. He found out the hard way what a problem this caused when it rained one night and partially filled with water. They had to empty it before they could lift it back on. This wouldn't have been a problem if he'd mounted the boat rack higher above the trailer. Best of luck. Melissa
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Reply By: rob - Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00
Healslip have what you have in mind
http://www.caravanandcampingsa.com.au/hostingdir/heaslip/images/frontpage/nav_on.gif




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