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Old 22 October 2012, 14:35   #1
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truck rack for 12' RIB with 30hp

Hi'
Looking to build or buy a small pick up truck racking system that would pull the boat and motor to a area above the cab and box.The rib also has a console so we need to keep the boat in a upright position.
Any info or pictures would be greatly appreciated
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Old 22 October 2012, 18:26   #2
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Meant more for aluminum boats...
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I have never seen one other than the funky one shown below that loads the motor along with the boat. All of them that I have ever seen load upside down and you have to remove the motor first.



Thule and Yakima racks are not something I would count on to hold up to anything heavy. I currently own three pairs of Thule racks FWIW.

Why not a trailer?
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Old 22 October 2012, 19:42   #3
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Why not trailer

I want to put this on my little truck that I tow behind the motorhome and the motor is a pain to disconnect as it has steering cables and power start wires
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Sounds like a custom build then $,$$$. Even the photo show above is into the thousands of dollars, but is essentially what you need.

What kind of pickup? Make, model, year, bed length, number of doors/half doors, camper shell? Or a picture?
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2005 Colorado 4x4 with crew cab so 5' box
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Old 26 October 2012, 12:03   #6
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Lateral Thinking: Do you need to tow the boat on the road (without the truck underneath!)


If not, do a search for "dinghy combi trailer". At 12' with a 30Hp, you are probably in the ballpark of a heavy dinghy and so the road trailer / piggyback launch trolley launch concepts used there might work.

If your boat + engine are light enough, I can think of some combis for the likes of the heavier dinghies that might be able to be adapted for less $$ (likes of Wayfarers & Laser 16s - Laser now have a "keel Dinghy" that clocks in around 260Kg)

Remove the wheels & the suspension units, add a couple of suitable brackets for the suspension unit fixings to the back of your truck, ditto on the cab roof......
Or just buy the launch trolley & get your local welder to replicate the road base fixings on the truck.

Could that work?
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Can you not tow a dual trailer? Its a pretty long rig and obviously you won't be backing up anywhere.
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