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Old 07-05-2013, 07:08 PM
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Ard: When Chase, Rob and I were floating the Bighorn in May, there was an older couple with a bike in the back of their drift boat. Each day he would ride his bike back to the put in. For the price of a shuttle ($25) it just isn't worth it to me after a long day of fishing, but a bike sure works well on the Green below Fontenelle, most of those floats are around 7 miles, so that wouldn't be too bad on a bike.
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I have used shuttles whenever they are available. Back when I used the bike there were 2 things at play; no shuttles, and I used to ride about 1500 miles/year so bikeing was fun. The 22 mile ride back to Blackwell one evening turned into 'one night' and I learned to shorten my floats when using the bike.
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On the most popular rivers there are usually shuttle services that do nothing but shuttle vehicles. There are two on the Yellowstone in the Livingston area, Hooters and B&G's. Since the river is very heavily floated and has very convenient access points, it's probably a profitable business. I think the way they do a lot of it is to use a big van to drive a group of drivers to the uppermost put-in, drive those vehicles to their take-out, which is the put-in for the next group of vehicles, drive those to the next access, and all the way down to the lower end. Most of the guides seem to put in and take out at about the same times. I can speak from experience that they gripe a little when you put in a lot later in the day and mess up their system. Mostly you call them, tell them where and when you're putting in and taking out and when you'll want your vehicle at the take out, give them your license plate number and where you'll leave the key, and where you'll leave the cash in the vehicle. This year they are charging from $30-45, depending upon how far away your float is from Livingston.

There was a guy last year that set up at the take-out on the lower Madison with a big van and drove people back to the put-in to pick up their cars all afternoon. Since the lower Madison is Bozeman's and Montana State's party river, it's crowded enough that he was kept really busy.

Some areas, like in the Ozarks, have canoe liveries on the rivers that will shuttle private vehicles, but this is getting rarer because the insurance companies don't like them driving somebody else's vehicle. So many are now loading your canoe on their vehicle and driving you to the put-in, or if you're putting in at their place, driving their vehicle to the take-out to pick you up.

The sweetest way to do it if you are using whatever kind of boats that you can carry two to a vehicle (canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats on larger trailers, etc.) is to do piggyback floats. Two to four anglers in two boats, all in one vehicle, on a river with two back to back float stretches of similar length. You drive to the uppermost put-in, one boat and guys put in there, the other guys then drive the vehicle to the first guys' take-out, which is their put-in. They put in, and the vehicle is there for the first guys when they arrive at their take-out. Then they load up and drive it down to the second guys' take-out and pick them up. It's a do-it-yourself shuttle that saves a lot on gas.
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Asking how shuttles work is not a dumb question. It is maybe one of the last great problems in drift boating, sometimes takes longer than the float.

But I am verry interested in the frontend hitch mount. I've got an olde Honda Trail110 and would love to use it for that. What did it take to add the hitchmount? Can't tell the make on your truck, mine's an 08 Tundra.
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Asking how shuttles work is not a dumb question. It is maybe one of the last great problems in drift boating, sometimes takes longer than the float.

But I am verry interested in the frontend hitch mount. I've got an olde Honda Trail110 and would love to use it for that. What did it take to add the hitchmount? Can't tell the make on your truck, mine's an 08 Tundra.
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sorry i did not reply sooner, i have been moving over the past couple months. i need to change my member name, i have relocated to Boise, Idaho now.

as for the front mount hitch, i have done two vehicles DIY with only minor issues and challenges. the first was my 2000 F-150 pictured above, and the second my 2004 Ford E-350 van (converted a 15 passenger van to a redneck rv "van down by the river").

in both cases, i was able to find a front mount "standard" receiver hitch to fit each vehicle made by Curt Hitches. they seem to be quite popular and available for most trucks because 4x4 folks put them on off road vehicles and then have winches in the receiver. both were pre-drilled and ready to be mounted directly to the frame of my truck and van, and the hardest part was using the included fish wire to snake the mounting bolts through a hole in the frame and into place. on my van it became too difficult (after 2 hrs of trying) and i just took the front bumper off to complete the install. i also had to cut a piece of sheet metal "rock guard" under my truck, but was able to do it with a saws-all.

after mounting the receiver hitch, i got a standard hitch mount motorcycle carrier that easily installs on any receiver hitch. my headlights and blinkers were visible through the carried motorcycle, so i did not do any re-wiring or additional lights yet. the motorcycle blocks the headlights on my van a little, so i plan to mount some fog lights on the motorcycle carrier to have some additional light for the long days when driving home in the dark.

the system works great for me, and was relatively easy to set up. i spent less than $200 on the receiver hitch and $150 on the motorcycle carrier, plus about one afternoon of my time for DIY install. i would think your Tundra has plenty of "capacity" to carry the additional weight up front, i think the added weight would only be an issue on smaller RWD trucks and SUVs. it should generally be ok to do on any truck/SUV you would put a snow plow on - my m/c weighs about 250 lbs +/- so it is probably less than most plows. glad to answer any questions you might have as you start your research. later.

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Asking how shuttles work is not a dumb question. It is maybe one of the last great problems in drift boating, sometimes takes longer than the float.

But I am verry interested in the frontend hitch mount. I've got an olde Honda Trail110 and would love to use it for that. What did it take to add the hitchmount? Can't tell the make on your truck, mine's an 08 Tundra.
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Another option that my wife and I employed with our first drift boat, was two trailers. We had matching jeep Cherokees and one day it dawned us how cheap some used drift boat trailers are. This eliminated extra jockeying of vehicles. Each day they swap jobs as the put in and take out vehicles. Storing the second trailer isn’t much of a problem either. When not in use, just tip the first one up and tuck it under the tongue of the one with boat loaded on it. There’s nothing stopping two serious fishing buddies from taking the same plunge…..
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We have very steep shuttle rates around these parts. Makes me a little angry but it is what it is.

The new Pirate that bought Leroy's pleasure park charges 60$ and up.

Roaring Fork/Rado 40-50.

Plus there are a lot of folks who float. Ah well. Sometimes I just use my good ole thumb to get back up river.
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