Who needs a Trailer?
I know in previous blog entries I have talked about and shown pictures of my toys, the bass boat and the Honda Ruckus scooter. I looked for a picture of the carrier I had built/modified that resides on the back of the jeep but could not find one with the Ruckus scooter in position and ready to travel and with it being about 90 degree's out in the shade at the moment I will be darned if I am going to go load it for a picture, so just use your imagination. It was primarily built to haul the scooter when we travel.
In the past weeks my mind has been on the question of how can I transport my boat a short distance from the coach to the water when we are camped in such places as Goose Island and Blackhawk Park? So often in our travels we will seek out RV Parks that have water but not always will we have the ability to have the little boat pulled up on the bank right behind the coach as we do most often at Blackhawk Park.
When the scooter is in position on its carrier behind the jeep it is held in place with four straps that when tight really keep it very secure. Remember we are using our imagination here.
In the following photo you will see the carrier when not in use can be in an up position. The next photo will show it in its down position ready for that imaginary scooter or whatever. It is the whatever that is most intriguing. It hauls the boat easily using the same straps that are used for the scooter. I can load and handle it very easily in the configuration shown.
Granted I would not take off to head for a boat ramp if it involved hi way travel and a lot of traffic, because of its width but if it is to get about within the RV park or a light traffic area what you see in the pictures works very nicely. Once at the waters edge the trolling motor, seats, pole holders, battery, and other attachments are unloaded from the back of the jeep and within minutes one is ready for a few hours on the water.
I have been out numerous times myself and yesterday Kathleen joined me for a very enjoyable afternoon on the water. Just as we were unloading it at the waters edge one of the cell phones rang and it was our son Scott calling to congratulate us on reaching that milestone of 42 years married. Forty two years ago June 11th, 1965 was a special day in our lives and yesterday June 11th, 2007 was also very special.