Oversized load at night

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Sundancer, May 17, 2018 at 11:16 PM.

  1. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    I've never had to do this and I have all the right equipment, a set of amber/red lights to replace the orange flags at the widest point. I just can't get the magnetic bases to stick to the fiberglass! LOL!! They are great lights and I've extended the wiring for the 11 foot beam, but I can't think of a way to secure them to the side of the boat. I could duct tape them, but then I'd have an ugly mark that gets dirty quickly. I was trying to figure out some way to use the cleat to hold the light, but I'm just out of ideas. I figured someone has already done this and they can share their method! Pictures get extra bonus points!!
     
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I've never towed at night so haven't had to worry about fastening the lights. I'd probably use the duct tape and get a bottle of rubbing alcohol to take off the residue from the tape.
     
  3. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    I wouldn't tow a 11 ft beam at night. asking for problems.
     
  4. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

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    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    When my 340 was delivered from Tennessee, permits were needed along with a special routing due to height. The permits only allowed daylight travel, no night travel.
     
  5. Larry Sturm

    Larry Sturm Member SILVER Sponsor

    56
    Mar 26, 2017
    Chiefland, Florida
    2003 SeaRay 420 Sundancer
    2003 SeaRay 320 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA8.3-M3
    Mercruiser 350MPI
    I have a wide load permit for Florida. Your not allowed to tow a wide load after dark here.
     
  6. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    325
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Wide load towing after dark is something you will have to investigate.

    But if you want to attach the lights, clamp a pair of large vice grips to the cleat. Use a piece of rubber hose to prevent gauging the cleat. Tape the handles so they don’t pop open. Attach the magnetic lights to the vice grips.
    An extra piece of lightweight para chord can be used as safety line just in case.
     
  7. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Check your local regs, I know on my coast towing oversized after dark is a no no.
    On the lights, can you zip tie them to the cleats? I use large zip ties and fasten a rotating beacon to the radar arch to help draw attention to the wide load.
     
  8. Sundancer

    Sundancer Active Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Prosser, WA
    30 year old CLASSIC 300 DA, towed almost anywhere behind the Duramax Duallie Crew Cab.
    16 cyl, 700 cu. in./Alpha I's
    It's allowed in Washington as long as you are under 12 feet wide (no pilot cars required) and under 14'6 in height. My only concern is getting stuck somewhere and having an alternate should I need to use it. This weekend, I can't tow after noon on Sunday or all day Monday. I can understand that in the Seattle area, but around here the traffic is not bad on Memorial Monday. I actually considered leaving at Midnight on Monday night, but we'll just pull out at 10:00 AM Sunday morning and head home. I live about 40 minutes from the launch and there is no traffic around here except during the Hanford rush hours. It's freeway the whole way and I'm familiar with the route.

    I might play around with the zip ties to see if I can figure something out. I'm not sure the crescent wrench would work due to the angle of the wrench off the cleat. It would have to be vertical or horizontal to attach the light and provide amber forward/red backward orientation with the flat magnet as the base. Just thought someone may have gone down this path and could save me some time! Getting the lights on and be stable at 65 mph or so might be a challenge.

    Thanks for your suggestions! I'm going to solder up the additional wire to stretch the distance between the lights and then I'll look into how I can hang them off the cleat, strap, rail, arch....something!!
     
    Last edited: May 21, 2018 at 12:26 AM
  9. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    If you have guide poles, you could attach a length of pipe and a flat plate on top and just drop them into the guide poles. Where are you thinking of placing them? At the stern or at the widest point by the arch?
     

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