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Agreed. I know more people that own campers than boats and they almost always start out by  buying a camper that meets their trucks tow rating and then regret it.
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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Jumbo in VT (by elephant bites)
« Last post by GS on April 20, 2017, 06:39:46 PM »
Thanks Cannon. I struggled a little with looks and functionality when it came to the roof height. I wanted the deck to be the same all the way from station 6 back to the transom. This led to a wheelhouse height a little higher than I wanted for looks  but also kept it high enough so most won't bump their heads.
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I just never like having any trailer too much over half of my tow rating because gear in the tow vehicle and passengers decrease towing capacity pretty drastically.  It's just my personal preference.  It just seems like the second I get a boat 4 people want to go to the Keys with me plus luggage.  Also I've never lived anywhere where staying off of the highway was an option. 

As far as trailer brakes go you might want to check your manual for that too.  Many light vehicles require trailer brakes at much lower weights than 2000lbs.

I'm not trying to say you can't tow right up to the vehicle's limit, just throwing out things to consider.  If you travel light and mostly stay local none of what I'm saying might apply to your situation.


I'm still curious how lightly an open standard could be built.


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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Jumbo in VT (by elephant bites)
« Last post by Cannon on April 20, 2017, 05:38:27 PM »
Looking good! Each cut brings you closer to the prize!
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Mr. Wright nailed it in my opinion.

Easy does it...and you should be good, if you stay within the man. limits...

Front Wheel Drive vehicles can be interesting while retrieving from the ramp...might need to soften your tires a bit, for traction...as the weight of your load is lifting your front end a good bit, especially on an incline...

IMHO...Making sure your trailer is well balanced, with about 5-10% of your overall load on the tongue will help on all accounts...trailering on the roadway as well.

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General Discussion Tolman Skiffs / Re: Jumbo in VT (by elephant bites)
« Last post by GS on April 20, 2017, 04:20:47 PM »
Feels good to make sawdust again. Pulled the tip of the bow out of the garage wall, turned the boat around and started cutting and dry assembling the windows. I also lamenated some roof spars with 4 layers of 3/8 and then glasses them. They came out stronger than I expected and should support the roof well.
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Is it possible to tow any of the Tolman designs with a ford Escape.  I have asked on other forums about a different boat design and there are concerns of windage and weight.

I am trying to find a lightweight design I can use as a vacation trailer/boat for use on rivers and lakes in the NW. 

Blessings,

Brian

The correct answer is yes, you can pull any Tolman model provided boat and trailer combined weight, and all other weights on the vehicle are within the vehicle manufacturers requirements. You should have brakes on the trailer if combined boat and trailer weight exceed 2000 pounds. Most importantly, you should not drive like a typical American driver at freeway speeds.

If you don't want to consider these requirements then get a big, heavy, powerful truck and drive in any fashion you want with no concerns. That's the way most Americans go, and they tow at unsafe speeds.

I pulled my Standard with a four cylinder Ford Ranger. I  pull my Widebody with a 4 cylinder Nissan Frontier. I do wish that I had gotten the 6 cylinder Frontier because I could carry more sand and gravel in it, and have more passenger room, but for local towing of the Widebody it's OK. For continual long distance towing the sx cylinder Frontier would be more  suitable.
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Just me personally, but I'm never relaxed towing much more than half of what a vehicle is rated for.    I wonder how light a bare bones open standard+trailer could be built?

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  I had a Ford Escape. I would not consider pulling any of the Tolman boats with it. Too light for safely controlling a trailer with that weight.


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Is it possible to tow any of the Tolman designs with a ford Escape.  I have asked on other forums about a different boat design and there are concerns of windage and weight.

I am trying to find a lightweight design I can use as a vacation trailer/boat for use on rivers and lakes in the NW. 

Blessings,

Brian
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