Towing a 320 sundancer

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Mike sandor, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    I think their confusing operators of 'Recreational Vehicle',as in RV'ing, with those of us that are just moving our toys(vehicles for recreational use) around.
     
  2. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    Here are some back of the cocktail napkin calculations from my increasingly faulty memory. LOL

    My trailer is about 38 feet long by itself, the boat does not fit in that dimension and hangs over about 5 feet giving me a 43 foot trailer. Don't forget the swim platform counts. If a 320 was loaded on my trailer it likely would extend back an additional foot or 2 as well as being forward on the trailer a foot or 2. My Suburban is nearly 19 feet giving me a combined 62 foot length. It was said you bought a 3500 truck but not how long it is, it is likely near 22 feet giving you 65 feet of overall length.

    MM
     
  3. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    You saying the last 5' of boat is hanging in the air, or just a big swimplatform? Do you have one of those tool/storage boxes on the tongue that makes it so long? My 280DA on it's trailer, swim platform to ball is 34.5'. There's a couple ramps I go to that are short on space and I have to jockey around a little to launch, it would be a real pain with a 43 footer.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2018
  4. Mike sandor

    Mike sandor Member GOLD Sponsor

    68
    Jul 28, 2017
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    2007 320 Sundancer
    2005 260 Sundancer
    496 Mercruiser/Bravo III drives
    350 Mercruiserw/Bravo III drives
    Well, i confirmed yesterday with The State Patrol headquarters in Madison. It does not matter if it is recreational or not, what matters is the gvwr of the trailer. I expect that quite a few folks choose to take the chance, but I am not one of them. At this point, I will persue the cdl. Wife says that we should start a transport company. I politely reminder her that come spring, all of our free time will be dedicated to boating. She asked what we were gong to do in the off season! She now has me thinking that might not be a bad idea, not many folks located in Northern Wisconsin that offer this service. I just may pass the word around this summer, hell, gas money!
     
  5. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    Yes, in round numbers it is near 5' beyond the rear of the trailer. First, the trailer length can vary by the length of bunk beam overhang one has, I set the new beams so the hull sits even with the end of the beam to be fully supported. That means the transom is even with the end of the beam, then there is the 18" built-in platform, and the add-on 36" platform totaling nearly 5'.

    If you look at the photos in this old thread you can see my trailer. The bow stop is all the way back so it can be sized for larger boats than mine.

    http://www.clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/anchor-hits-bow-roller-and-winch.45490/

    MM
     
  6. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    You need to demonstrate your commitment to boating....fill that big trailer up MM.:D
     
  7. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    Just not much to be gained for us with a boat that will still fit the trailer. Would rather fill the slip I have. LOL
     
  8. Mike sandor

    Mike sandor Member GOLD Sponsor

    68
    Jul 28, 2017
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    2007 320 Sundancer
    2005 260 Sundancer
    496 Mercruiser/Bravo III drives
    350 Mercruiserw/Bravo III drives
    So, I was sucessfull in passing the cdl written tests, had to schedual a doctors visit to get the Federal Medical card, went back to the dmv to get my learners permit, now wait 14 days to take the drivers test. The trailer is set for delivery to Missouri end of next week. The work on the boat to complete items identified in the survey should be done at the same time. Looking at driving down the third week of March to drag her home. Weather forcast is 10" of snow this evening.
    Don't care, the days are getting longer, daylite savings right around the corner, my slip is bought and paid for, ole man winter can only fight for so long, I getting my boat...........
     
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  9. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    54
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Previous 280 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    Woohoo! Enjoy your trip! Nothing like bringing a new to you boat home!
     
  10. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    54
    Feb 6, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    320 Sundancer 2004
    Previous 280 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 (496 Mags) w Bravo III drives
    I just paid $1200 to have a 320 moved 80 miles. The next closest estimate was $1800. Definitely money to be made for somebody with the eqpt.
     

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