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Old 07-20-2019, 09:24 PM
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Default Driveway tilted wrong way, safe boat jacking advice

Boat has a new home but the driveway is sloped the wrong way. When water gets in the boat, it collects in the bow instead of draining out the transom.

~6500lb with boat, trailer, water, gas, d/riggers and all loaded up.

I'm looking for some advice on safe / fast and easy boat lifting to counter the slope of the driveway. Right now, every time I take the boat out it takes me over an hour to get it off the jackstands and then an hour to get it back on. At 6.5K lb, the boat is too heavy for most floor jacks. A bottle jack is kind of tipsy for a sloped driveway. Using jackstands on any angle is just plain dangerous. I''ve used trig to calculate the angle of the driveway and I'm in the process of making something to counteract the slope for safe use of jackstands and bottle jack.

Any other advice on how to do this fast and safe?

(Yes, its a Bayliner its all I can afford, and yes I'm terrible at loading it back onto the trailer)

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Old 07-21-2019, 12:44 AM
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¿¿¿Why are you using jackstands???
Lose them and just jack the tongue.
Oh, good on you for blocking the wheels though with the wheels in the air???
Old 07-21-2019, 01:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Milehog View Post
¿¿¿Why are you using jackstands???
Lose them and just jack the tongue.
Oh, good on you for blocking the wheels though with the wheels in the air???
I did try to jack the tongue up enough without putting the rear axle on jack stands but what happens is that it puts a ton of pressure on the rear wheels which I figure can't be good for it.

Blocks on the wheels was BEFORE I jacked them up
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I would not be concerned about the trailer tires, they take more of a beating in one trip. Raise the bow with a better jack-dolly wheel 3/4 to max and then jack up tongue high as possible....or build ramps.
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Make a couple of these of whatever thickness is needed. Use your truck to pull the front tires onto the wood and against the stop.

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Originally Posted by DDrew View Post
Make a couple of these of whatever thickness is needed. Use your truck to pull the front tires onto the wood and against the stop.

and get a heavy equipment /farm/offroad jack to do the lifting- 7000 lb lift capacity and 3 to 5 ' tall- works fast, easy and safe. Lift off the ball, put your stand under the winch wheel and set it down in under 1 minute. They cost $50 at Tractor supply


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Originally Posted by Great Outdoors View Post
and get a heavy equipment /farm/offroad jack to do the lifting- 7000 lb lift capacity and 3 to 5 ' tall- works fast, easy and safe. Lift off the ball, put your stand under the winch wheel and set it down in under 1 minute. They cost $50 at Tractor supply
this right here. Try to put the hook on the jack on the steel tongue and not the aluminum trailer frame. Never mind. Just realized this is a galvanized trailer.
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Driveway tilt is fine; it keeps the snow and leaves out of the garage.

Use your lawn tractor to reverse the boat altogether; it also makes it harder to steal.
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Post 5. simple.
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Yup, post #5 it is!

Thanks for the responses guys, these are ideas I didn't think about ...
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If you don't already have one you could install a second bilge pump in the low spot in the bow. It looks like you have power to the boat when it is parked so your batteries should stay charged. Then you can just park it with the bow down and unhook without all the extra work. Plus you'll have the added safety of the second bilge pump.
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Hook it up, pull the plug and tow it around town. Or to the ramp and back it down the ramp.
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Originally Posted by MercuryMan200 View Post
Hook it up, pull the plug and tow it around town. Or to the ramp and back it down the ramp.
And put the plug back in before launch.


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You have a good size driveway and a garage. Instead of backing the boat into the driveway, pull straight in with boat in tow so that the boat is clear of the street. Unhook the boat, drive forward (into garage if needed) and back out to the right so now your truck in the driveway beside the boat and available for use. Your boat is parked so that the water will drain out the back.

Now, when you want to use the boat, do the opposite. Pull the truck in the garage in front of the boat and hook up. Back the boat out into the street and go.

No jackstands needed
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If the blocks in post 5 work that would be the simplest way but I would guess it's going to take a combination of that and a properly rated jack. My only concern with the blocks is will they lift the tongue too much and make it difficult to hook back to the draw bar. Looking at your picture I would probably just use a jack with a wide base and some type of clamp to keep it from coming off the tongue from any slight movement of the trailer.
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The water will always collect in the same spot,so why not stop jacking the trailer up and just install a small automatic bilge pump where the water sits?
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Drill a couple of weep holes in the bow and use plugs.
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Had the same issues as you. My boat is over 6k lbs loaded up and trailer is 2k lbs. It takes me 5 min to jack mine up. I use a 3.5 ton jack and 6 ton jack stands. Been doing it this way for over 3 years now and no issues. I jack it in the center of the crossmember you see the red jack stands on.
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Originally Posted by SeaBassHWD View Post
Had the same issues as you. My boat is over 6k lbs loaded up and trailer is 2k lbs. It takes me 5 min to jack mine up. I use a 3.5 ton jack and 6 ton jack stands. Been doing it this way for over 3 years now and no issues. I jack it in the center of the crossmember you see the red jack stands on.
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Thanks for the pics, so it just sits on the rear wheels right? You're not concerned with getting a flat spot on the wheels if the sun cooks the rubber in that position??

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Guys, thanks for the responses...

I figure pulling the trailer truck first into the driveway (ie: driving the truck into the garage) would leave the transom exposed to the sidewalk which isn't sitting well with me.

I've taken the second from the easiest advice ... not gonna worry about squating on the rear tires. I ended up pumping them to the 80PSI max and they really don't flatten much at all. Over the winter though, I will put the entire trailer on jackstands I think.

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