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Trailering an M23 from Minnesota to Washington   Total Page Hits: 838

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Date Modified: 04/28/2017 00:11 AM

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When I decided to purchase Dhana, I knew it was going to be a lot of work to move her from current home in Herbster, Wisconsin to her new home on the Snake River in Washington. It was 1580 miles each way for a total of 3160 miles.

Day 1 - Left Richland, Washington, and traveled to Miles City, Montana for a total of 828 miles.

Day 2 - Traveled from Miles City to Superior, Wisconsin for a total of 706 miles.

Day 3 - Traveled from Superior to Herbster, Wisconsin (50 miles) and picked up the boat. Then, traveled from Herbster to Fargo, ND for a total of 295 miles.

Day 4 - Traveled from Fargo to Billings, MT for a total of 609 miles.

Day 5 - Traveled from Billings to Richland, WA for a total of 686 miles.

I have a 2012 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7L V8. The truck was perfect for towing Dhana, but she was still a heavy load. Normally, the truck gets 16mpg on the highway. Towing Dhana I got between 10-12mpg depending on head wind and terrain.

I kept my speed at 60 mph the entire trip. I just couldn't go any faster and feel okay about it. The boat felt stable on the trailer, but going over the larger bumps in the road at 60mph (as inevitably happens) was stressful. There is nothing like watching your very large boat bounce around behind you...

We did have a few issues with the trailer on the road. We had the brakes adjusted a bit in Fargo as they were too tight and causing continuous friction and heat (burned some grease).

The trailer winch was a 3" winch, but had a 2" strap on it. The strap was bound and caught on itself which eventually caused failure on the highway leaving Fargo. We cut the bad portion off, tied a knot, and finished the trip. I recommend that you ensure your winch strap is sized appropriately for your winch.

Thanks to my father that made the trip with me. I couldn't have done it without him. Thanks to my wife who stayed at home with my son. I couldn't have made the trip without her.

I hope Dhana will be a good boat for my family!

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