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Old 10-19-2020, 09:40 AM
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I absolutely LOVE this truck. Pulls the World Cat like it's not even back there. I will most likely add a Load Distribution Hitch to help with the "bucking horse" feeling when going over uneven surfaces, but this thing pulls so sweetly!
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Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post


I absolutely LOVE this truck. Pulls the World Cat like it's not even back there. I will most likely add a Load Distribution Hitch to help with the "bucking horse" feeling when going over uneven surfaces, but this thing pulls so sweetly!
Be very careful what you add. A weight distribution hitch tries to put weight on the front suspension of the towing vehicle. The problem is, if the front and rear suspension of the towing vehicle is much heavier duty than the towed trailer, more weight will shift to the rear axle of the trailer and you will blow through tires and bearings. Not to mention the stress it will put on the trailer. I have seen those single beam trailers bend severely! Load about 800 pounds of sand bags and enjoy a smooth ride!
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Originally Posted by Vantaredoc View Post
Be very careful what you add. A weight distribution hitch tries to put weight on the front suspension of the towing vehicle. The problem is, if the front and rear suspension of the towing vehicle is much heavier duty than the towed trailer, more weight will shift to the rear axle of the trailer and you will blow through tires and bearings. Not to mention the stress it will put on the trailer. I have seen those single beam trailers bend severely! Load about 800 pounds of sand bags and enjoy a smooth ride!
I'm tracking... yes, the tongue weight of this trailer is not even a drop in the bucket to what my truck's payload can handle. It pulls like a dream, and I don't think I need anything other than what I have. It's hitting uneven pavement, or the like, that makes it "buck"... and the boat is so top heavy, I just want it to smooth out a wee bit. Ballast in the bed of the truck, would most likely do it for me.
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Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
I'm tracking... yes, the tongue weight of this trailer is not even a drop in the bucket to what my truck's payload can handle. It pulls like a dream, and I don't think I need anything other than what I have. It's hitting uneven pavement, or the like, that makes it "buck"... and the boat is so top heavy, I just want it to smooth out a wee bit. Ballast in the bed of the truck, would most likely do it for me.
My DRW3500 rides like a Caddy pulling my boat....with my golf cart in the back of the truck...lol




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Originally Posted by Fatherof4 View Post
Not to be a party pooper...I bought my first Ram 2500 w/Cummins in 2018. Bought it brand new. Now, at 70kmi, I'm staring at $6000 in repairs due to DEF sensor and tank issues, a turbo cleaning and poss particulate filter replacement. Up until then, I was happy with mine too...Now, not so much.

Best of luck with her. She looks great.
Don't the new Rams still have a 7 year/100K mile powertrain & emissions warranty?

The 2012 Ram 3500 CTD I bought certainly did.
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Originally Posted by manukabay View Post
Don't the new Rams still have a 7 year/100K mile powertrain & emissions warranty?

The 2012 Ram 3500 CTD I bought certainly did.
Mine has a 5 year 100k power train warranty...
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I can’t tell from the picture how you’re strapping the boat down. You may be doing exactly what I’d suggest.

To limit the see saw effect, make sure the boat is strapped straight down very tightly from the bow eye and in the stern with 3” straps. The absence of rear tie downs will contribute to the see saw.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
I can’t tell from the picture how you’re strapping the boat down. You may be doing exactly what I’d suggest.

To limit the see saw effect, make sure the boat is strapped straight down very tightly from the bow eye and in the stern with 3” straps. The absence of rear tie downs will contribute to the see saw.
I have large, 3" ratchet straps on the rear, that go diagonally... Port Eyelet to STB tie down point on the trailer, and vice versa. I power up on the trailer when loading, keeping tension on the front cross brace as my Wife winches down on the front winch. I then use ratchet straps to further add down force on the bow. Over the winter / cooler months, I will be doing all new hubs and brakes on the trailer... and replacing all straps. I would love to do a turn buckle or something up front, just to give me more piece of mind.
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sweet ride brother
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Originally Posted by DMack_762 View Post
I have large, 3" ratchet straps on the rear, that go diagonally... Port Eyelet to STB tie down point on the trailer, and vice versa. I power up on the trailer when loading, keeping tension on the front cross brace as my Wife winches down on the front winch. I then use ratchet straps to further add down force on the bow. Over the winter / cooler months, I will be doing all new hubs and brakes on the trailer... and replacing all straps. I would love to do a turn buckle or something up front, just to give me more piece of mind.

With trailer flex you will pull the bow eye out of the boat on big bumps. All you need is a strap to snug the bow down. There has to be some give. You break straps to with the trailer flexing. I've seen turn buckles blow out the fiberglass twice on boats at the ramps.
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Originally Posted by slper View Post
With trailer flex you will pull the bow eye out of the boat on big bumps. All you need is a strap to snug the bow down. There has to be some give. You break straps to with the trailer flexing. I've seen turn buckles blow out the fiberglass twice on boats at the ramps.

Good call... I had not considered that. I just want to make sure the boat does not move around, due to the flat sponsons. A good, newer, heavy strap should be the ticket. Thanks for the input Sir, it got me thinking.
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You’re not pulling the bow eye out unless you’re boat is on the way to the scrap pile. Keep that strap tight because it loosens as the trailer articulates and will fall off if it’s too loose.
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With a turn buckle tighten down you'll blow the bow eye out. I've seen it on two large boats with long trailers. The trailer flexed and literally popped the the eye boat out.
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All I do is tow large boats on long trailers. I'm fairly certain in what I'm saying. As a matter of fact, we lift boats up by the bow eye almost every day.




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You shouldn't attach the turn buckle on the bow eye until the boat is out of the water and on flat ground. If you put it on before that, when the stern settles and the bow rises it would put way too much pressure on the eye. But if you do it on flat ground, you shouldn't have any issues. And they do wonders to limit the bouncing.

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Originally Posted by head_hunter View Post
You shouldn't attach the turn buckle on the bow eye until the boat is on the water and on flat ground. If you put it on before that, when the stern settles and the bow rises it would put way too much pressure on the eye. But if you do it on flat ground, you shouldn't have any issues. And they do wonders to limit the bouncing.
This is a really smart point.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
All I do is tow large boats on long trailers. I'm fairly certain in what I'm saying. As a matter of fact, we lift boats up by the bow eye almost every day.



I really need to modify my trailer with the bunks like that in a "V" shape... my bunks are flat all the way up, makes loading my fat bottomed girl a wee bit tricky. Thanks for the input on the bow eye, tie down, etc... guys that tow for a living have it down pat.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
All I do is tow large boats on long trailers. I'm fairly certain in what I'm saying. As a matter of fact, we lift boats up by the bow eye almost every day.



You may transport boats. But you may not transport the same boat over and over with the trailer flexing and the same boat with a turn buckle. I've seen a buddy blow his 7 year old Contender bow eye blown out going over speed bumps on side roads in south FL at slow speeds and a some dude show up to the boat ramp with his bow blown on out a Wellcraft. Both boats always towed with a turn buckles.

Use a strap that has give. Risk the strap breaking vs. that bow.
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Originally Posted by slper View Post
You may transport boats. But you may not transport the same boat over and over with the trailer flexing and the same boat with a turn buckle. I've seen a buddy blow his 7 year old Contender bow eye blown out going over speed bumps on side roads in south FL at slow speeds and a some dude show up to the boat ramp with his bow blown on out a Wellcraft. Both boats always towed with a turn buckles.

Use a strap that has give. Risk the strap breaking vs. that bow.
Two things come to mind:

1. Your friends have shit boats.
2. I use straps to secure my loads. A strap the “gave” would be the same as having no strap.

We pick boats up by their lifting rings almost every day. Straps aren’t putting anywhere near that load on the d rings we are when we lift the boats.

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Look at the size of this boat and how we’re picking this boat up. D rings are very strong




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