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Motorhome Tour - The Suzuki Vitara, the A-frame and the boat on the roof


In 2011 we decided that we needed (wanted?) to carry a reasonable boat with us. This just could not be done with our existing configuration (see the Mini Moke config here). The option we decided upon was to buy a 4WD and mount a 3.75m aluminum boat on the roof and then flat tow (or a-frame) the combination behind the bus.

The 4WD is a 1993 4 door Suzuki Vitara. This was selected as it is one of the few 4WD vehicles that can be a-framed, these little cars also seem to have a good reputation for robustness and reliability.

The Vitara - just purchased - [Click for a Larger Image]
The Vitara - just purchased

The Vitara - Boat and rack fitted - [Click for a Larger Image]
The Vitara - Boat and rack fitted

In camping mode on the beach. - [Click for a Larger Image]
In camping mode on the beach.

The boat is a 3.75m Quintrex Dart with a 15hp Yamaha outboard.

The boat (before it was ours) - [Click for a Larger Image]
The boat (before it was ours)

The Boat Loader. The boat is lifted and carried on the roof of the Vitara by a "Rhino Boat Loader" (with some serious reinforcing). The loader allows one person to get the boat on or off of the vehicle by just turning a winch handle.

The Vitara with the a-frame attached - [Click for a Larger Image]
The Vitara with the a-frame attached

The A-frame is a "Hitch-n-go" frame. We had hear many stories about how these a-frames were treated by the various state regulatory authorities - so I did some research and you can find the results here.







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