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How Do You See When Launching Your Boat?

In May of 2015, we asked Truck Camper Magazine readers to show us their towed boats.  The response was nothing less than astounding with over 100 boat toting rigs rushing in.  To see an awesome variety of truck, camper and boat combinations, check out Truck Campers Go Boating Part 1 and Part 2.

Three years and three months later, reader Rex Nishimura emailed us with a related question about using a truck camper rig with a boat.  Rex wrote, “How do you back a boat down a launch ramp with a truck camper blocking our view?  If I could see what my helper sees, I’d be fine.  Otherwise, it’s like that scene from Cool Hand Luke; “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

Well Rex, given how many of our readers tow a boat with a truck camper rig, we’re not going to have a failure to communicate.  As the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for.”

The most obvious potential answer to Rex’s question is, “We remove the camper, and then launch the boat.”  That adds two big steps to the process (de-mounting and reloading the camper) but solves the visibility problem when launching a boat.

To find out how many folks unload their camper before launching their boats, we start with a poll question.  If you keep your camper on the truck when launching your boat, there’s a follow-up question.  Don’t forget to include a photo of your truck, camper, and boat!

This QOTW is now closed.  To see how readers launch their boats, read “How To Launch A Boat With A Truck Camper.”


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