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Old 07-23-2020, 01:55 PM   #1
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I have a Trillium 1300 and an 8í Livingston dingy. We just go up island for our holidays (Vancouver Island), but the problem is we can take either the Trillium or the Livingston. I am thinking of fabricating the metalwork to stand the Livingston upright on the Trilliums rear bumper, keel forward. Iím aware it is a load, but the distance is short and the roads good. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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I have a Trillium 1300 and an 8í Livingston dingy. I am thinking of fabricating the metalwork to stand the Livingston upright on the Trilliums rear bumper, keel forward. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
The Trillium 1300 is not a cargo trailer. My GUESS is that 150 pounds on the back bumper is going to do bad things to the weight distribution and therefor the towing stability.Some people have had trouble putting a bicycle on the back.
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Old 07-23-2020, 07:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for that and if course your right, rear load means less tongue weight means possible instability.
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Wouldn't the boat also be sticking up above the trailer like a parachute?
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Well sort of. Itís an 8íer so would clear the roofline by about 20Ē. The plan was to carry it keel forward so it would be aerodynamic.
I know this is a bazaar idea. It is 106 lb and the aluminum braces would be about 12 to 14 lb.
I have transported some bazaar loads in my time and this isnít even close to the prize-winners. That said they seem to be fussier these days regarding what you take on the road.
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Well sort of. It’s an 8’er so would clear the roofline by about 20”. The plan was to carry it keel forward so it would be aerodynamic.
I know this is a bazaar idea. It is 106 lb and the aluminum braces would be about 12 to 14 lb.
I have transported some bazaar loads in my time and this isn’t even close to the prize-winners. That said they seem to be fussier these days regarding what you take on the road.


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Iím not proposing anything sketchy or dangerous or illegal, just bazaar. It is an unusual configuration. Iím asking in the spirit of; does anyone know if this has been done, does anyone see any issues. Did you read what I was pondering? If you see a safety or engineering issue, please share. And the bazaar loads Iíve transported in the past were also legal, and safe, but unusual.
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Bizarre.

bazaar noun a market in a Middle Eastern country. • a fundraising sale of goods. a large shop selling miscellaneous goods.
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the only thing I would be worried about is the loading on the frame itself, you might need to brace the bumper section to give it a bit more strength, and of course check the front section for cracks at the infamous "bends". It might actually be more reasonable in this case to do a rear mounted hitch on the trailer and pull the boat on a trailer, like the logging truck "B trains", especially with such a light weight boat.
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I'd beef up the frame before doing anything. Then I would remove the rear tire. That much additional weight on the back will adversely affect tongue weight.

As far as what has been done before, I've seen some crazy stuff on the road that I would not copy, like a motorcycle pulling a washing machine on a flat bed trailer.
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I got stopped once in California when I was driving an electric utility pickup because one of my lights was out ( didnít get a ticket) but I as he was scolding me a guy went by towing a lawnmower behind a pickup ( over hanging load) he had a dog leash tied to the truck bumper and to the lawn mower... that thing was flying all over the road.... maybe he need a weigh distribution hitch .. just asking... and no the police officer didnít go after him .... oh well
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I remember a few years back California had to pass a law making someone criminally liable if something they were carrying or towing came loose and caused a traffic fatality. I personally have had to dodge flying objects on Californian and Oregonian highways.
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the only thing I would be worried about is the loading on the frame itself, you might need to brace the bumper section to give it a bit more strength, and of course check the front section for cracks at the infamous "bends". It might actually be more reasonable in this case to do a rear mounted hitch on the trailer and pull the boat on a trailer, like the logging truck "B trains", especially with such a light weight boat.
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Thanks Joe. I would prefer the Btrain idea, but it is not legal here.
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I'd beef up the frame before doing anything. Then I would remove the rear tire. That much additional weight on the back will adversely affect tongue weight.

As far as what has been done before, I've seen some crazy stuff on the road that I would not copy, like a motorcycle pulling a washing machine on a flat bed trailer.


Thanks Bill Yes the rear tire would go in the tug. We generally carry our gear in the tug, so even with the boat we are not exceeding loaded weight. I called BC Ferries as we like to camp on a little island off our island and they asked for a sketch and said they were OK with the idea.
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are you height restricted on the Ferry? I had always thought about building an auto boat loader when I had my little trillium, and was going to build a rack and loader to become part of the trillium frame.
something like this:
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Joe, there is a height restriction on the main ferry routes, but the secondary routes no. I called BC Ferries and they are OK with it on the secondary routes
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Iím not proposing anything sketchy or dangerous or illegal, just bazaar. It is an unusual configuration. Iím asking in the spirit of; does anyone know if this has been done, does anyone see any issues. Did you read what I was pondering? If you see a safety or engineering issue, please share. And the bazaar loads Iíve transported in the past were also legal, and safe, but unusual.



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gtblue. I have no problem with you having a strong opinion, I welcome it. The flaming and name calling I find inappropriate.
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Like I mentioned, some have highly modified their rigs and done all kinds of changes. I would not count on the original frame as is, but with changes, I can see it working.
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Thank you Bill. I think year right about the frame, I was under having a look today.
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