Click for Llebroc Click for Nordhavn List Your Boat Click for Mag Bay List Your Boat

Roamer Haulin

Discussion in 'Chris Craft Roamer Yacht' started by bolsado, Mar 18, 2014.

You need to be registered and signed in to view this content.
  1. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    Now for something a bit different. The trailer/transportation saga.

    When I jumped into this project and forum I was full of beans. I bought the boat and then had to get it to CA.

    I thought no problem a few thousand will get it here then came the first sticker shock. Quotes came in approaching the purchase price of the boat.

    That got the big ole brain thinking I can do it myself. Most all of my mistakes as a newbie do-it yourselfer centered around this decision.

    So if you can buy a 37 Roamer Al Express Cruiser off E-Bay a trailer should be no big deal right.

    Yes after an intensive search SCORE in Atlanta, one quad axle AL I beam trailer.

    For about the price of a car trailer and an extra few bucks for delivery the saga enters chapter 2.

    Attached Files:

  2. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    It will fit

    Newbie Roamer owner says it will fit. Know it all high end yard in Kenosha says no way it wont work.

    Newbie owner first lesson ( hould u trust the expurts).

    Owner says sure looks like it will work, lets see

    Attached Files:

  3. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    Lets see for sure

    Lets lift the sucka and see.

    Owner says man that looks close, a few modifications and should be good.

    EXPURTS no way.

    Newbie says OK I guess I am the idiot. Ill try something else.

    Keep tuned (trusting expurts is costly)

    Attached Files:

  4. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    Resourceful Newbie Owner

    Too dumb and stubborn to give up.

    Ill keep this one and get another oh and a rig to tow it with.

    Wanted used F450-550 but hey how about a Roamer Hauler with a on board Condo.

    Well no commercial lisc, hired a guy to get us halfway there. As Little John in Unforgiven said to the Duck of Death, "He!@#$% I thought I was dead myself until I realized I was just in Nebraska".

    80 feet of heavy haulin

    Attached Files:

  5. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    oh and yes I need another trailer

    SCORE in Hot Lanta again, Where all cheap trailers go to be found.

    Cheap, not as nice as #1 but should do the trick right.

    Attached Files:

  6. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    OK need to get it to Wisconsin

    Missed opportunities to move in the first summer season.

    Yes thats snow on the ground in Hot Lanta

    Moved boat from EXPURTS in Kenosha to new EXPURTS up north for indoor storage.

    Now never really driven a semi over the road, plenty of farm trucks and mining equip but all off road. So got the commercial drivers lisc. and first trip from Atlanta to north of Milwaukee.

    No real problems even hit Chicago at rush hour.
  7. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    OK new EXPURTS have opinon too

    OK New expurts professional haul boats and have a fleet of $100,000 hydraulic trailers.

    They (mostly the son who has inherited all his daddys work) dont like my trailer but after a few harsh words to me and a few right back to get rid of me (and taking more than a few bucks about equal to half the trailer the put the boat on the trailer).

    They do know a few things but seem to have forgotten they got their start with a few pieces of junk and some cajones at one time.

    Next I put on my big boy pants a commit, headed out of Grafton Wisconsin taking back roads because of all the construction. I43 and 94 all closed to wide loads.

    First off near Jackson a low railroad bridge just enough clearance, then a rain storm sent to put the fires of haddies out and we make to the Wis-Iowa border.

    Hey I can do this

    Attached Files:

  8. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    I thought I was dead until I figured out I was just in Nebraska

    Smooth sailing until Omaha then POW split rim blowout.

    4-5 hours before a replacement can be provided

    Attached Files:

  9. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    Maybe those second expurts were right

    After a temp layover in western Nebraska its time for the second push.

    Outside Laramie WY axle bearing burns up.

    Simple fix in most places not in the middle of bum!@#$^ WY. Oh yea that trailer special spindles bearings not to be found by the cowboys.

    That old saying "Where men are men and sheep are... well you know

    3 months later back on the road and boom blowout #2, but hey getting to be a pro at split rims this time fixed in a few hours.

    Ponied up for a couple spares this time.

    From there made it no trouble to Reno

    Attached Files:

  10. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    OK more expurts

    Little nervous about driving over the sierras time to find and expurt.

    Hired a crew out of LA supposedly experienced, definitely the worst decision made in the roamer restoration project.

    Ill save that nasty story for a future time.

    After paying off the evil schister, I took back over and got the big girl to here new home.

    Sold the blue beast trailer for about 50% of cost including repairs, traded the big truck for a minivan.

    as the credit card company says "the experience was priceless"
  11. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    Back to plan A

    Should have stuck to my guns earlier and had more confidence in my own thoughts

    Attached Files:

  12. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    Hey fits like a glove

    some simple bunk adjustment adding some fender adjusters and a bow cradle

    Attached Files:

  13. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    from the rear

    no problem on the shafts and props

    Attached Files:

  14. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    So much for EXPURTS

    I am now ready to travel to any houseboat lake in the west, slide in and enjoy a summer and ease out at the end of the season and head for the coast.

    Ready for purchase of roamer number two after this project is done as well

    Attached Files:

  15. bolsado

    bolsado Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Location:
    Sacramento
    Next Dream Toy

    I wanna Ford - The new top dog in terms of horsepower and torque, Ford is bragging that the 2015 F Series Super Duty lineup will have the highest towing capacity in the class with a max tow rating of 31,200 pounds…but there is a catch. This towing figure applies to the F450 while best in class towing ratings are typically based on the 1-ton (F350) trucks.

    Maybe some one else wants a dodge - The 2014 Ram 3500 with the High Output Cummins is capable of towing 30,000 pounds and that figure made the Ram the most capable consumer grade pickup on the market.

    Attached Files:

  16. alloyed2sea

    alloyed2sea Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2004
    Messages:
    850
    Location:
    Alex, VA
    Roamer's "Truck-of-the-Year"

    Well, I do like the Ram, what with the cool new diesel, hemi option and all, and the Silverado's heart does beat for America, but here's the real reason why Ford is best: Aluminum.
    Naturally, you sub-consciously picked up on this, but here are the stats:
    "The next-generation F-150 is expected to be about 700 to 750 pounds lighter."
    Ford Plans New F-150 Pickup Truck With Aluminum Body - WSJ.com

    Fact is, Ford may have bought up so much of the stuff that the other pick-up manufacturers may not be physically able to catch up, or so say the guys on Autoline dot com.

    "While the move to aluminum was initially seen as a risk, Ford’s move has triggered a “stampede” on the material from its competitors"

    Ford?s Aluminum Gamble (Show #1809) on Autoline This Week
    Aluminum - when you really care, send the best.
    Cheers!
    -Eric

    Attached Files: