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Old 01-11-2009, 05:44 AM
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34' 15k Boat Trailer Questions..

My Brother-in-law owns a 34' Sea Ray Cruiser and is very unhappy with our local marine dealers pricing with winter storage/service ($3500/Year). He is playing with the idea of purchasing a 38 foot 15k tri-axle bumper pull trailer to tow the boat out to Eastern Long Island and store the boat/trailer for the winter season and then a return trip to Brooklyn in the spring. The cost of the trailer would offset the seasonal winterizing.

My questions are:
1. Can my 02 F-350 CC SB even bumper pull a 15k trailer SAFELY?
2. The combined GVWR would be at 25,900#(9,900 Truck+15k boat/trailer), but the width of the boat is 146 inches (12'-2") and Length of the trailer is 38 feet. Dumb, but this is probably oversized?
3. Legally- Can I even tow something this large as my vehicle has Passeneger plates and I would not be doing this service for hire/fuel/lunch?
4. Do I forget this whole mess and hire someone else?

The last thing I would want is to have DOT/NYPD Insurance headaches...
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:57 AM
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Your truck should be fine, just drive responsibly. Would be nice to have a brake controller if you already don't. Not sure on the laws but sounds like it would be a fun test for the rig! Good luck
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My Brother-in-law owns a 34' Sea Ray Cruiser and is very unhappy with our local marine dealers pricing with winter storage/service ($3500/Year). He is playing with the idea of purchasing a 38 foot 15k tri-axle bumper pull trailer to tow the boat out to Eastern Long Island and store the boat/trailer for the winter season and then a return trip to Brooklyn in the spring. The cost of the trailer would offset the seasonal winterizing.

My questions are:
1. Can my 02 F-350 CC SB even bumper pull a 15k trailer SAFELY?
2. The combined GVWR would be at 25,900#(9,900 Truck+15k boat/trailer), but the width of the boat is 146 inches (12'-2") and Length of the trailer is 38 feet. Dumb, but this is probably oversized?
3. Legally- Can I even tow something this large as my vehicle has Passeneger plates and I would not be doing this service for hire/fuel/lunch?
4. Do I forget this whole mess and hire someone else?

The last thing I would want is to have DOT/NYPD Insurance headaches...
You would have to get DOT numbers and an oversize permit. The legal width is 8'-6". The trailer doesn't weigh 15k, it's rated to haul 15k. I don't know how much the boat weighs but you would be pushing it. I would just pay to have it moved but then you would have to pay that every time. Might be worth it to just pay them to winterize it where it is.

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