You waterfowl hunters face a series of unique and very challenging situations when it comes to hauling your hunting boat. Trust me, I know—I’m a waterfowler myself, and I can’t count how many times I’ve had to haul my boat down a rutted trail, launch on a sandy spit we laughingly called a “ramp,” or backed into a mud-hole up the creek from a blind site. So when we put together the Tips for Boat Towing video series, sponsored by Ram, I figured a special episode should be set aside just for duck-crazed boaters.


Notice how nice and clean that truck looked, even after we trekked through the woods? Yeah, there was plenty of elbow-grease involved. My hat’s off to Eagle One Wax-As-U-Dry, which made short work of shining up both the boat and truck in-between shots. It was an extremely unusual chore for me, too, since it’s rare for me to bother with cleaning up a land vehicle—as producer Carol Cronin pointed out in her Ram Trailering Series Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes blog.

Hopefully, you found plenty of helpful tips and tricks in this video. If you liked it, be sure to check out the first video in this series, Safety Tips for Trailering a Boat. And stay tuned, trailer-boaters. There are four more videos in this series, which will cover towing in mountainous terrain, choosing a tow vehicle, launching and retrieving a boat, and how to back a boat trailer like a pro.

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Our off-road towing vehicle: the Ram 1500 Outdoorsman. Dang it - there's mud on the fender. Gimmie another rag!

Now, more about that shiny truck we were using: since Ram sponsored this video series, you probably expect I’ll be a bit biased about it. Well, maybe I am—but the fact of the matter is that towing with the 1500 Outdoorsman was an unadulterated joy. If you think it might be a good tow vehicle for you, click on over to Ram Trucks to get more info on it.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.