Towing a Boat With A Fifth Wheel
I've had a little boat problem ever since we got our RV last August.
Every time we hit a campground that's near water. I always wished that we had her boat along with us. In fact at times it's gotten so bad that we've even rented boats to go out on the water. It just kills me since we have a perfectly good 15 foot jet boat and a jet ski sitting in the garage at home.
The only other option we've had up until this point is to bring an extra vehicle and tow the boat behind it, or to actually tow the boat behind the RV. I feel for the folks that have a fifth wheel. Since latter is not even an option. I have talked to a ton of people that own fifth wheels, and since their heavy duty towing vehicle is towing the fifth wheel. They really don't have the option to bring their boat.
For me the idea of launching our boat, with the motor home brings up nightmares of RV floating slowly across the lake, due to loosing traction on one of those slippery boat ramps. Even if we bring the boat towed behind our SUV. There are lots of places that don't have slips available, or restrict the use of gas motors and their size. So except for a few select campgrounds it was either take the RV or take the boat for the day.
Up until last week we broke down and rented paddle boats for the kids or a pontoon boat for a full day. Now days most of the places we go, want to charge you anywhere from a $100 all the way up to $300 a day to rent a boat.
I don't even want to tell you what it cost to us to rent a boat at Fort Wilderness in Disney World just to see the fireworks. We also rented a couple canoes to go around the little river in the center of the campground.
I spent all winter trying to find a solution to this problem. I have been on dozens of web sites and must've looked at a hundred different boats, but was not able to find a solution and until two weeks ago.
I created a list of must haves, and unless I wanted to make some serious compromises. These were the things that I absolutely had to have if I was going to drop hard-earned cash on another water craft.
1. It had to be portable enough to fit in the storage under the RV, or at the very least able to stow inside still have room to move around while her on the road.
2. It had to be lightweight, since I was concerned about gas mileage, and the amount of weight in the RV. I did not want to reduce my towing ability if we decided to bring the car as a toad.
3. It had to be quick to assemble. So we can take advantage of some of the early morning fishing at campgrounds we were just passing through. I also want to make sure it gets used. If it's going to take more than 15 minutes to put together I know I won't bother unless I am spending a weekend or more somewhere.
4. It had to be big enough for four of us to fit in. Since I do not want to deal with the flights of bringing one of the kids without the other. I also do not want to leave the wife at the motor home while I was out having fun on the water.
5. It had to be comfortable to fish out of since kids were getting to the age where they liked fishing and wanted to spend the time with Jen and I.
6. It had to be small enough that I can launch it in fish out of it by myself if no one wanted to go with.
7. It absolutely had to be safe. I can take some risks on my own, but no matter what. I make sure the kids are safe.
8. It needs to be cost effective. I am always looking for the ROI on whatever I buy, especially when it comes to the RV. In other words, could it pay for itself in what I would save on rental fees for a season. After the first season it's almost like it's free.
9. It had to be able to be rowed and also be able to use a small electric trolling motor. On some campgrounds you can only row or use an electric motor. Plus I did not want to have to carry along gas for it in the RV storage.
As you can see the list was pretty extensive. I found boats that matched a few of the must haves from above, but nothing matched them all.
I found one company that was very close, but the only REAL option would be a two seater. So there was a real problem with leaving Jen behind with one of the kids.
I gave up and figured we were just going to have to make do with the situation.
A couple weeks ago I went to show someone the pontoon boat I had found, since they didn't have any kids. It was perfect for them. To my surprise, they just released a four seater. It’s a perfect and match to all of my must haves from above.
I talked to Jen about it and we put in our order.
The boat arrived a few days ago and I will be posting videos of how easy it was to put together. You'll also get to see videos of the kids, Jennifer, and I out fishing at a few of our favorite campgrounds.
I am extremely pleased with the quality, construction and price we paid for it. There are a few things that I have picked up for our RV trips that have made the experience much better. I would have to say that this purchase is at the very top of the list.
Here is a link for the boat so you can check it out yourself. Even if you're not looking for a pontoon boat. All the boats that these guys have are perfect for anyone who uses an RV, fifth wheel, or just like us to hit the water while camping
Stay tuned for some new videos.
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