Trailering a 340 EC

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  1. norriscathy

    norriscathy New Member

    60
    Jan 21, 2013
    east texas
    boatless
    boatless
    Does anyone trailer a 340 from lake to lake? We are in the middle of the country with lots of large lakes nearby in Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. Also not far to the Red River and then into the Mississippi. It looks like the 340 is about as small a boat as you can get that would accomodate 2 couples for a week or so at a time. Would really like to move from lake to lake to river for a week or so at a time but hiring a transport company each time would be pretty expensive. Your thoughts please I pull 30+ cattle and equipment trailers all the time with my F-250 V-10.

    Norris
     
  2. susanandlance

    susanandlance New Member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
    2005 Fountain 27, 496HO power, towed by Chevrolet Duramax HD 4x4
    496HO, 425 HP
    A friend of mine pulls his 96 330DA from TN to FL twice a yr. w/his duramax diesel duley
     
  3. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    I have towed my 14K pound 310 with my 2500HD. It can be done, although I wouldn't want to do it weekly or even a couple times a month. Check with your state's oversize load laws... you will probably need a permit.
     
  4. Richie89

    Richie89 Active Member

    548
    Aug 20, 2012
    Miami Beach, FL
    450 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 480 Zeus
    i have the same question as i'm considering my next boat. i have a duramax diesel dually to pull with.
    how do you launch a boat that big? i can pull it, but will i be able to pull it up a ramp with my back tires in the water or would i have to have it launched and re-trailered for me?
     
  5. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    There was a fellow on the old Regal site who trailered his 35. I would think your biggest issue would be permits, lead and chase vehicles if required and height. The Regal had outdrives.
     
  6. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    There is a fellow on another site who has pulled his 280 all over the place with his Ram diesel dually. No problems to date.
     
  7. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    You can launch and retrieve your boat... how easy depends on how well it fits the trailer and how steep the ramp is. You will need help... at least one helper at the trailer as you drive the boat on. Traction at the ramp has not been a problem at our lake, but we have very clean water.
     

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  8. susanandlance

    susanandlance New Member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
    2005 Fountain 27, 496HO power, towed by Chevrolet Duramax HD 4x4
    496HO, 425 HP
    If your dually isn't 4x4 I wouldn't do a 280 or larger.
     
  9. moparlvr4406

    moparlvr4406 Active Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Lake Monroe Indiana Fourwinds H31
    1985 340DA
    1966 SRV180
    1960 Sea Ray 600
    (2) 1963 808 Cruise-a-bouts
    twin 350hp Crusaders 4.0 Onan /
    Merc 950 SS
    Merc 650
    Merc 1100
    twin Johnson 40
    a 340 on a trailer ??
    guess it would depend on what year but the 80s 340ec is a 38' long 14' wide 18,000 lb(dry weight) boat
    permits would be required I would bet....and more than a 3/4 ton to STOP it
    anything will make it move....consider the stopping
     
  10. Southpaw II

    Southpaw II Active Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Madison, MS
    2001 380 DA
    T8.1 Horizons
    I guess the OP didn't really what year model he was considering.....the mid-ninties models were not as wide. There's a 94 model 330EC on my dock, and I think it's 11'6" wide.

    Don
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2013
  11. pchanson8

    pchanson8 Member

    161
    Apr 16, 2009
    WI
    2000 340 Sundancer
    7.4l mpi
    I pull a 2000 340 DA with a beam of 11 1/2 foot. Specs say boat dry is 13K lbs I think. It is pulled with a 2000 F250 Crew Cab 4X4 7.3L Diesel. The motor has been programmed and I have an extra large transmission cooler on it. The cooler was installed last year after being nervous about temps. I have pulled the boat over 200 to 300 miles each year and when we purchased it I pulled it back from MI, through IN and IL. You need to pull permits and run oversize load signs and flags. Each state has its own stipulation about running at night or weekends among other rules and regs.

    When I run it where and I know the heights I take the radar dome off for safety, it is about 13'9" at the arch on my trailer. When I pulled it back from MI I took the arch completely off and laid it on the bow.

    When I put it in and pull it out I do it in fourwheel low and ease it in or out. The trailer and winch always sound like something is going to break creaking and flexing as we put it in or pull it out.

    There are a few guys out here on CSR that pull this same boat. I have a friend in town that pulls his early 90's 310 which is very similar to the 340 size but about a thousand pounds lighter with his 2500 avalanche with a 454. He just traded that in for the new 1500 HD with the MAX trailering package and the 6.2L. I am very interested in how that works out for him this season...:wow:

    Here is a picture of mine all hooked up.http://www.alwaysstarboard.com/2012/07/sheboygan-or-bust.html (double click pic to enlarge)
     
  12. norriscathy

    norriscathy New Member

    60
    Jan 21, 2013
    east texas
    boatless
    boatless
    Man, that is one awsome rig!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks Paul; you have really made me feel better! I hadn't thought about height clearance; thanks for the heads up .The '89 I'm looking at has a beam of 11'11" and will be permitted in the states around here without any escort or other problems. At 12,100 # it will be a load but my V-10 4x4 will out pull any diesel on the road. (Can anyone match a 36 ft dual tandem trailer (8,000#) with 20 rolls of hay (20,000#) pulling up the mountains of Arkansas?) Thanks again Paul; you've made the '89 340 a "done deal".
    Norris
     
  13. norriscathy

    norriscathy New Member

    60
    Jan 21, 2013
    east texas
    boatless
    boatless
    Jim:
    I believe you must be thinking about a 390. Stopping is no trouble. All large trailers have brakes tied to the trucks braking system through a brake controller under the dash in the truck. When you step on the brakes you are braking 10 wheels (4 on the truck and 6 on the trailer)
     
  14. pchanson8

    pchanson8 Member

    161
    Apr 16, 2009
    WI
    2000 340 Sundancer
    7.4l mpi
    Just a word of caution not all trailers with brakes have brakes on all wheels but you are correct if equipped correctly for the weight stopping is not a problem. Just make sure your load is balanced correctly and be aware of the sway.
     
  15. Deuceornothing

    Deuceornothing New Member

    60
    May 28, 2012
    United States
    83 310 Dancer
    Twin 350 V-Drives
    Here's my 83 310 coming out on a trailer. We had the truck in 4 low and it almost didnt come up the ramp. Sea Ray said my boat weighted 13k, from the way that truck pulled it I was thinking closer to 20k.

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    Actual measurments of my boat is 37.5ft long 11.11 wide.

    I used to drive oversize loads for a living. In GA we didn't need escorts for anything that you could pull behind a pick-up. You can get a blanket permit for the year otherwise you will have to get permit for each way you move it and you will have to give the state your route.
     
  16. moparlvr4406

    moparlvr4406 Active Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Lake Monroe Indiana Fourwinds H31
    1985 340DA
    1966 SRV180
    1960 Sea Ray 600
    (2) 1963 808 Cruise-a-bouts
    twin 350hp Crusaders 4.0 Onan /
    Merc 950 SS
    Merc 650
    Merc 1100
    twin Johnson 40
    the 13000 would be dry weight
    add 2 tanks of fuel..water..waste...and gear and the numbers climb fast
    most liquids will average 8lb per gallon plus all of the add ons and gear ..an exrta ton or so isn't hard to put on
     
  17. moparlvr4406

    moparlvr4406 Active Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Lake Monroe Indiana Fourwinds H31
    1985 340DA
    1966 SRV180
    1960 Sea Ray 600
    (2) 1963 808 Cruise-a-bouts
    twin 350hp Crusaders 4.0 Onan /
    Merc 950 SS
    Merc 650
    Merc 1100
    twin Johnson 40
    I was incorrect on the beam but the pre 89 boats 34' isn't LOA
    add the swim platform and pulpit and the length is pretty close
    and 18000 pounds wont be far off either with fuel water and gear.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2013
  18. Deuceornothing

    Deuceornothing New Member

    60
    May 28, 2012
    United States
    83 310 Dancer
    Twin 350 V-Drives
    All the tanks were empty. Fuel, water and waste were bone dry. Towed it over with another boat. Really didn't have much gear on board as I emptied her out at the dock trying to make it as light as possible.
     
  19. lbud

    lbud New Member

    17
    Mar 29, 2009
    Central Fl.
    1997 330da
    496 magnum mercruisers ,Bravo 1's, Rev 4's..
    97 330 dancer on third set of trailer tires.....
     
  20. norriscathy

    norriscathy New Member

    60
    Jan 21, 2013
    east texas
    boatless
    boatless
    Paul;
    Is taking off the arch a "big Deal" ? I really like the looks of "Duceornothings" rig without the arch better than the newer models. Staying on lakes I really have no need for a radar arch. If there are cover plates, etc available thought I might just take the arch off and leave it off. Sure would simplify trailering and IMHO looks better also.
    Norris
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2013

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