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Old 26 May 2009, 17:48   #1
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Launching my 6.3 with a Motor Home

Anyone launch with a motor home?

Do you think I would launch my 6.3 Humber with your average 6 berth fiat/transit based unit?

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Old 26 May 2009, 18:07   #2
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Launching is the easy bit....
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Launching is the easy bit....
ok then recover as well
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Well Jono, I have been known to dunk and retrieve our 6.3 OP from Lamlash slip using the Transit SWB - no problems so far even on our shallow but Teflon-coated slip, so if your mobile roadblock has more weight over the axles than an empty van you should be OK.

Then again, if a camper van was dragged backwards into the oggin I don't think it'd be any great loss.

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Same as launching with any 2WD truck, except that seeing the trailer while backing may be problematic.

Watch ground clearance, especially if the ramp is a steep one; as the rear wheels drop off, you may scrape stuff underneath.

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we use a 23' motor home to launch my 5.4 avon SR all the time, just gotta pick your ramp.
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Some motor homes have quite large rear overhangs so maybe a problem on some slips have a look at this extreme example http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?im...%3D54%26um%3D1 and scroll half way down the page you could end up with the towball 3 feet off the ground and the stern on the slip!!! But it's a great idea especially for retirees when tenting becomes too hard beware of the local dealer "Carl the campervan cowboy"
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Old 27 May 2009, 02:36   #8
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I'd imagine a few 'tests' would be a good idea .. apart from delighting a slipway audience with your capers .. youve gone a got your bunk wet too if it all goes tits up
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I believe Hugh Jardon, lately of this parish used to do just this. I believe he had a selection of lines made up so that he could drop the traile well behind the motor home.

Might be worth seeing if a PM to him works!
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Apart from the fact it looks like your launching your boat using a National Express coach, you can always launch and recover with ropes, especially if the slip looks green or appears too steep.
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