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Old 09-01-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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5th wheel questions from boingram

Hi all...we have been tt owners and are used to using the bed of our tv for our toys. Starting to consider purchase of a 30 to 32 footer. Not that familiar with fiver hookup...we can put our kayaks on the roof but my 10hp four stroke motor is our issue. Cannot lay it down and it stands abt as tall as the tv roof...what do do and is this a problem...thx...bo
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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...addendum...we will put the kayaks on the roof of the tv...bo
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:46 PM   #3
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I'm a little confused about your question. What do you mean by the 10hp engine is as tall as the tow vehicle? And why can't you lay it down? I am assuming you mean the engine.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:15 PM   #4
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Four strokes carry their oil in crankcase instead of in the fuel like a two stroke, if you lay them down then oil could get into the cylinders causing a hydrolock condition and oil getting into the water.

As for carrying it, depends on a few factors. How long is your bed? What type hitch are you considering?

I've got a short bed truck and I'm carrying an EX4500 generator that is considerably taller than the bed and extends back a couple of feet. In general, it's not been an issue. However, I can't do a 90* turn anymore.

If you built a device that allowed you to stand it up in the center of the bed up front then you could get away with most of your turning radius.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:28 AM   #5
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If you get one of the Rockwood/Flagstaff Ultra Lites they have the revolution pin box and you should be able to stand the motor up in the center and have no clearance problems as the 5er rotates 22" back from the pin and on mine I clear bikes and other stuff with just about a 90 degree turn no problem. They all are 32' or shorter.
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I would build a bracket and hang it off the 5er rear bumper. Same with the yaks. Stand them up and stap them in.

What kind of kayak you running that takes a 10 hp 4stroke?
You not going to want to lug that around alot no matter where you put it.

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Old 09-02-2014, 07:54 AM   #7
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I would build a bracket and hang it off the 5er rear bumper. Same with the yaks. Stand them up and stap them in.

What kind of kayak you running that takes a 10 hp 4stroke?
You not going to want to lug that around alot no matter where you put it.

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Sounds like you need a toy hauler 5-er. Build a bracket and strap it down in the garage.
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Hi,

I would look carefully at the owner's material for your motor, for information about horizontal transport.

Every four stroke I've ever owned or handled could be laid down on one specific side without creating the problem you described. On the Hondas and Nissans that I own -- and regularly carry on their side in my truck -- there actually are little tabs on that side of the motor, which hold it nice and level.

Hope this helps.

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Here is an idea I found at the local Love's gas station. We are thinking about doing the same. Good luck.


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