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I power load as well,I often wonder how much trouble it would be if I had to use a TM.
Lol,some launches would be off limits to me...they barely cover my bunks.
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Gents,
I just bought a 14' dbl wide Lowe boat with a Venture Trailer. The boat appears to be hanging over the back of the trailer too much (36"). The boat is equipped with electric motors, one bow mount and the other is a transom mount and six each, 6-volt batteries. It is decked out with 5/8" plywood, aluminum and pressure treated wood for bracing supports. The tongue weight is 70lbs without the batteries (took them out to charge).
Should the transom be even with the back of the trailer? Or is it more important to be concerned with the tongue weight with the boat fully loaded?

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I purchased the ultimate bunks ( I am a senior with hip and back problems) and they are great BUT
I have trouble as all ramps are angeled and trying to take tension off the strap is an experience, can you or anyone
give me some hints on how to handle this problem???
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bassin026 wrote:I purchased the ultimate bunks ( I am a senior with hip and back problems) and they are great BUT
I have trouble as all ramps are angeled and trying to take tension off the strap is an experience, can you or anyone
give me some hints on how to handle this problem???
BASSIN026
Perhaps if you attach a short section of carpeting to the front end of the bunk board, it will help hold the boat in place when you release tension on the strap. I replaced the bottom half of my carpet on my bunk boards with Glide Slicks and left the top half carpeted for the same reason.
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Thanks Popeye, I'll do that today

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bassin026 wrote:Thanks Popeye, I'll do that today
Another thing to try is to release about 6 inches of winch line before you back down the ramp. It may not be the weight of the boat pulling on the winch, but instead the fact that the back of the boat started floating, and since the bow is up against the stop, has started binding. I've had that issue before.

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Popeye's answer to my question on ultimate bunk boards was right on the money, I had some carpet left from
decking my boat, put it on and went to the ramp, everything was perfect -- Thanks Popeye

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Glad it worked out for you
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Need a couple sentences about huw to back your trailer down the ramp etc. Personally I look out the drivers window at the rear tire and use that to guage where it's going to keep the tire the same distance off the ramp edge so the trailer goes straight into the water.

Also keeping your eyes open and checking for reference points when you pull up to the ramp to back in helps a lot as doing it the same way each time does.

The above was posted earlier.
This is my answer to the question or statement.
Raise your lights up on side post about 4 feet tall. Therefore you can see the post when backing down real easy and it will keep your bulbs from bursting and corroding as well. Just have 2 brackets made and either use the bought ones like in pic below or make a bracket like I did on my other boat for the lights. Or just make a bracket to put pvc pipe and a plug on so you can see.
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that's a neat idea with the lights on the guides. i might try that. i have a ford explorer. when unstrapping and preparing the boat to launch, i open the back hatch and keep it open. i use the mirrors a little bit, but mostly turn my head to the back as i can see the entire boat and trailer through the open hatch. my kid is usually back there holding the rope for when the boat floats off the trailer, so i have to pay attention to him as well. when by myself, i back it about half way in, get out and push it the rest of the way. when pulling the boat out, i also leave the hatch open, but i use the mirrors as i'm facing forward to drive up the ramp. leaving the hatch open allows me to see the whole boat and trailer even when using the mirrors.

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When I am unloading my boat, I tie the rope to my winch and slowly back down in nuetral until I get to the water. I have more control over my truck that way, no surging. If your foot slips off the brake, that way your not automatically headed for the drink!! I Let the boat float off and then pull out real slow and get out and then tie the boat off. When backing down empty trailer, I again put it in nutreul and slowly back down till I am right with the water. Then drive on reach over hook the eye and hop out and drive out and take care of all things then. It makes it real nice, when you have 2" white pvc pipe about 4' sticking up on each side of your trailer to see where you are going, either in the dark and full daylite. In the dark, with the pvc pipe, there is some reflection off the brake or back up lights off the pipe for to see where your going.
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I read the link posted in teh initial post to this thread and while I agree with most of it, there is more to teh story. Bunk trailers are designed to be float on trailers, while roller trailers are designed to be powered on trialers. Which trialer to use really depends on where you live, or rather the lakes you fish and the docks they have, and your prefered loading/unloading method.

Rather thatn tpye a long disertation, heres a link.

This guy did a great job going into numerous aspects of trailer design, boat ramp styles, and the proper way to set-up a trialer for each type of ramp. Granted its mostly about Boston Whaler boat, however the same basic information applies to Tin boats as well.
https://continuouswave.com/whaler/refer ... ailer.html

It's a long read, and the link to tongues is packed full of great information too.
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Great article, very informative. I've been looking into guide on's for my trailer. They would most certainly assist with the loading of the boat ;) ... Not sure if I want the PVC style or what at this point. Been looking around for ideas. We'll see what happens.

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Popeye wrote:I saw a guy get a warning from a Lake County Sheriff's Deputy for backing down a ramp in neutral. Coasting on a downgrade is illegal in Illinois. Officer said it didn't matter if he was on a highway or public boat ramp. Of course it is also illegal to leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running here too, but I don't shut off my motor when I am walking my boat down the pier to tie it up out of the way for the next guy either.
First time I heard either of those laws.
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One tip I use for backing my boat trailer down the ramp is I put a tall piece of PVC pipe on each side at the back so I could see where the trailer was. When its empty I cant see the trailer in my mirrors I have a huge '07 Toyota Tundra 4 door long bed and I only have a 12 ft jon with a short narrow trailer. On the front of the pieces of PVC I attached an amber marker light and wired it into the running lights, again to help see the trailer and the light is perfect for night backing. It isnt the most high tech deal but it makes it much easier to back the trailer when you can see what the trailer is doing without seeing the trailer.