These are real images of our prototype, which is a working model we are building on our own.
These images are edited photos meant to share what we hope the PROTOTYPE will look like when it is finished. These are not meant to be final product photos, just to give an idea of what a completed prototype will look like.
We had so many people tell us that our prototype would never make it down a boat ramp, or that the living quarters would get submerged, that we decided to take the prototype to the lake to prove them wrong!
These images were cobbled together in order to get a better idea of what a final product would look like. They are a much lower quality as they were meant to serve as a general idea and not as a final design.
Read the description on YouTube for more information. Testing the horse trailer before we began modifying it.
Here we demonstrate how easy it is to unload your boat from the Boat and Camp Trailer. Notice how the water gets nowhere near the living quarters, and the boat still unloads easily.
In this video we performed one of many "touch and go" loadings, essentially loading the boat then backing away to do it again at a different angle, at a different ramp, or with various other obstacles and difficulties to get a good sense of the real world loading conditions.
Two things we are testing for:
1) Does the trailer "bottom out" on boat ramps?
2) Do the living quarters get wet when loading / unloading the boat?
Testing the prototype Boat and Camp Trailer (before we began modifying it) at Salamonie Lake in Indiana. The access ramp is down on the horse trailer because that helps us approximate the length of our 21 foot boat once it is installed onboard. The audio cuts out from time to time as we were shouting back and forth to one another as he backed down the ramp.
Just prior to shooting this video, we backed our boat (a 1994 Sea Sprite, 21 foot, V-drive, with a Deep V hull) down the same ramp and measured the point at which it started floating for easy unloading. We then marked the location of the nose of the boat trailer and lined it up with the same location on the horse trailer where the winch will be mounted when the prototype build is completed, knowing that from there we needed to compensate another 4 inches of vertical water travel to make up for the height differences of the trailers (the boat will ride 4 inches higher on the Boat and Camp Prototype than it does on it's own trailer).
Using these two data points, we drove the horse trailer back until the boat would be floating off of the prototype once completed. You can see toward the end of the video, the driver stops and backs down about another foot to get proper alignment. The living quarters, as you can see, never come anywhere near the waterline while loading/unloading the boat. We have tried this on multiple ramps across multiple lakes. It never comes close.
Also, navigating the boat ramp itself is a piece of cake. The goose-neck design means the weight of the trailer is directly over the axle of the truck (A Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD), and that turn radius' are not a problem. The trailer has never come close to "bottoming out" on a boat ramp.
We would also like to point out that boat ramps across the US are very standardized. While there are always exceptions, the vast majority of boat ramps across the US will have very little variation in slope or approach design. The standards are between 7 and 8.5 degrees of slope. Our trailer will have no trouble with a standard boat ramp within that range.
The prototype photos are meant to show the final PROTOTYPE build only. Once we partner up with boat manufacturers, we will be able to make larger, more form fitting living quarters to fit around the boat(s) chosen to ride on our trailer.
We can only work with what we have, so our prototype looks like a horse trailer. That's because it IS a horse trailer. Our final product will be a custom built design and will NOT look like it began life hauling horses around.
We are a small, family operated business in the very early stages of marketing a brand new product. We all work full-time jobs, and are paying out of pocket for marketing, art, and build costs. If the Early Artworks look like they were done by an amateur, that's because they were.
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