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Old 03 May 2006, 19:18   #11
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thanks for the tip on the aluminium bodied ones, will bear that in mind, problem is finding the right vehicle at the right price in the right condition etc etc

is ok if you are buying new but if secondhand then is so tricky

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A tip-Don't buy one with an aluminium body if you can help it-they dent awful easily and are an absolute shit to repair due to the insulation behind it.
My mum and her husband have a rather nice fibreglass bodied merc based Hymermobil for that reason-small branches and stuff in narrow lanes knocked the shit out of their ally bodied Fiat.

Don't forget that a long motorhome will make reversing a trailer a bit difficult anyway-specially if it's got a big rear overhang.

Probably easier to decouple and launch/recover with an electric winch rather than trying to use the motorhome to pull the boat up the slipway.
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John and Julie Lancaster, previous owners of Blue Ice, used a motorhome to launch and recover the RIB with no major hassles.

There are better vehicles for the job, but they tend not to be some comfortable to live in!

You'll need to pick your slipways reasonably carefully, but also bear in mind that you can often get someone with a 4x4 to drop the boat in for you in return for a couple of beers. We used to tow with a 7.5t Ford D Series camper, and never had any trouble getting help with launching.

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John and Julie Lancaster, previous owners of Blue Ice, used a motorhome to launch and recover the RIB with no major hassles.

There are better vehicles for the job, but they tend not to be some comfortable to live in!

You'll need to pick your slipways reasonably carefully, but also bear in mind that you can often get someone with a 4x4 to drop the boat in for you in return for a couple of beers. We used to tow with a 7.5t Ford D Series camper, and never had any trouble getting help with launching.

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Ford D series! Not your average camper John! I used to tow my hard boat with a Ford Eurocargo 7.5t. Wouldn't have known it was there and with diff-lock wet slips were not a prob.
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Try and see if you can find an outfit that builds using Iveco as a base, I'm sure they do a 4 x 4 van and truck option.
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John and Julie Lancaster, previous owners of Blue Ice, used a motorhome to launch and recover the RIB with no major hassles.

There are better vehicles for the job, but they tend not to be some comfortable to live in!
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Dang, you got there before me. John Lancaster had a Mercedes camper if my memory serves with petrol engine and LPG conversion. They towed Blue Ice over to Holland and I think down to the med with it. Towing was certainly no problem but launch and recovery requires a bit more thought. I once recovered Blue Ice at Levington slip for them using a Mondeo V6, lots of wheelspin, burning clutch smell and relief that it was a company car!

The ultimate RIB/Camper combo has to be Charles Blois who has a 10m twin diesel RIB he tows with a Unimog camper. He's been down to the Med in it which must be a slow journey at 40mph max speed!
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The ultimate RIB/Camper combo has to be Charles Blois who has a 10m twin diesel RIB he tows with a Unimog camper. He's been down to the Med in it which must be a slow journey at 40mph max speed!
Well, he does have a lot of time on his hands!
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And the former owners of Ben C's RIB (they've now got a 8.5m Tornado, also called "Intrepid") tow the RIB with a motor home. Quite a big Mercedes beast if I remember correctly.
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would folks agree that the overall towing lenght of a motorhome and a trailer is 18m.

my boat trailer is around 8.5 m from tow hitch to lights/end engine protrousion and i am thinking of a 7.5 - 8.5 motorhome so hopefully will be under the limit by 1 m!
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I used to tow my hard boat with a Ford Eurocargo 7.5t. Wouldn't have known it was there and with diff-lock wet slips were not a prob.

Alice I must admit you really are my sort of girl.

You like good guitar players , have a Scorpion. buy containers and used to drive a truck!

Your not Dallas Alice are you?

do you ever get down to Southampton?
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I still like to paint my nails though Rogue. You might see me down at the docks soon driving a six wheel unit with a 40ft skeletal trailer on the back pickin' up my container.
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