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    Default Hey Jeep Heads!

    What's the concensus on launching and retrieving a 5500lb boat and trailer combo with a little bitty Jeep? Didn't one us us back all the way under water one time doing this very thing?
    Can it be done relatively safely?
    I mean I wouldn't tow down the highway but a trip to the ramp?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by nodigg View Post
    What's the concensus on launching and retrieving a 5500lb boat and trailer combo with a little bitty Jeep? Didn't one us us back all the way under water one time doing this very thing?
    Can it be done relatively safely?
    I mean I wouldn't tow down the highway but a trip to the ramp?????
    I used to move my 21' Lavey around my property in Arrowhead with my 1997 TJ 3" lift and soft springs. Up a pretty steep private drive in 4-lo. I would not want to drive over 15-20mph unless I had leafs (pre-1997) or maybe rancho 9000 shocks so you could set them on stiff. Also, you need brakes on the trailer.

    If you crash, your insurance will not cover it.

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    Thanks for the link OutColed, missed it before. I've been toying with the idea of a dedicated car / truck in Havasu where the boat stays (live in OC). On my list is an extended wheelbase, 4 door jeep (Wrangler?) that can get the boat in and out of the water (Islander) as well as over to the gas pumps. Then, it can also do winter duty playing in the dirt. Like the removable roof or soft top as ways to let nature in. The insuance worries me a little, but the odds seem to be in my favor based on the short distances and my age (old = 50) where I'm a lot slower than I were....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggle - Bitties View Post
    Thanks for the link OutColed, missed it before. I've been toying with the idea of a dedicated car / truck in Havasu where the boat stays (live in OC). On my list is an extended wheelbase, 4 door jeep (Wrangler?) that can get the boat in and out of the water (Islander) as well as over to the gas pumps. Then, it can also do winter duty playing in the dirt. Like the removable roof or soft top as ways to let nature in. The insuance worries me a little, but the odds seem to be in my favor based on the short distances and my age (old = 50) where I'm a lot slower than I were....
    There a few guys that use Jeeps the at the park, they seem to work fine. My big fear is always the insurance dealio.
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    Buy an old tractor. I use one to take my boat in and out. Insurance, shiat it's farm equipment, put the triangle on the back and go. If and old Cse or Johndeer can pull 150 bales of hay, your boat is nothing.

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    We launch our 22 advantage all the time with a 97 TJ at the Beachcomber. Beachcomber is gravel just before the actual cement ramp and while backing down once some rocks broke loose and the boat drag me down the ramp skidding - not fun. I use neutrual now and go very slow at that point on the ramp. You probably won't have that problem at the Islander unless its really wet. I wouldn't take it on the road to get gas, jeeps are notrious for to small of breaks and won't stop you in a emergency stop. Get gas at the marina.

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    Thanks guys. I'm not worried about having enough power, a 4 cyl has enough power to tow it slowly. I was more worried about getting pulled backwards down the ramp when lauching than anything else. As far as braking goes, my trailer has VERY good braking so stopping would not be an issue either as long as you don't forget what you are towing. I guess a lot of peeps just mash the gas and go? Nevermind the stopping? Anyway thanks for chiming in and for the link.
    Now where is that picture of the submerged jeep?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nodigg View Post
    Thanks guys.
    You're welcome! What did you decided to do?
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    "One more thing. Boobs are like boat motors. I never heard a woman say she wished she had gone smaller"

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