How Do You Put a Boat in a Truck Bed?

Putting a boat in a truck bed can be a daunting task, but it is possible to do it with the right equipment and preparation. For starters, you need to make sure that your truck has the proper weight capacity for the boat.

You will also need to have a trailer dolly, which is a motorized device that helps you move the boat and trailer into place. Additionally, you need to ensure that your truck bed is long enough to accommodate the length of the boat, as well as any additional items needed for transport.

Once you have all of these items ready and your truck is properly loaded, it’s time to start the process of putting your boat in the bed. Begin by driving the trailer dolly up to the tailgate of your truck.

Then attach the dolly’s winch cable to the eyelet on the bow of your boat. Securely fasten straps around both ends of your boat and then use the winch cable to lift and move your boat into position.

Once in position, lower and secure your boat into place by attaching straps from both sides of the trailer dolly onto tie-down loops in your truck bed. Make sure that these straps are tight and secure. Once this is done, you can begin loading any additional items needed for transport such as life jackets or fishing gear.


Putting a boat in a truck bed can be challenging if you don’t have prior experience or knowledge of how it should be done properly. However, with some preparation and understanding of how everything should fit together, it can be accomplished quite easily with minimal effort if done correctly. Having all of the necessary items such as a trailer dolly, straps, and tie-downs ready before hand will make this task much easier.

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Stephen Dunn