I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty pleased with the trailer I built to haul our boats and bikes. This is a 5’x8’ folding utiltiy trailer I bought online, with custom load trees that I designed and welded. The bottom load bars are 7 feet long, and are outfitted with 4 sets of J-cradles. (2 sets of rigid cradles, and 2 sets of folding cradles.)
We currently own 4 boats, one each for me, my wife, and our 2 sons. The normal configuration is to load the boats on the J-cradles, with paddles, PFD’s, etc. in the Thule cargo box up top. We can also fit 2 bikes on each side of the cargo box, allowing us to travel with 4 boats, 4 bikes, and additional cargo on the trailer. It works incredibly well for camping trips and vacations.
This past weekend, we decided to rent the Eddyline Sitka ST and LT demos that I tried out a few weeks ago. We had 2 friends accompany us, and bring their vehicle for shuttle purposes, so I needed to be able to haul 2 extra boats. I whipped up a few custom cradles for our boys’ boats, yielding the 6-boat configuration shown here.
Of course, with additional J-cradles, I could eke even more space to transport boats, and with the load bars on the vehicle, we could handle even more. (The Traverse still only seats 7, though.)
How many boats can you haul at once?