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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-20-2012 10:13 AM
makenmend Thanks, lot of uncomfortable, dirty work in that. but I have peace of mind now. One blister (just below the waterline) was almost through the hull. Glad I found it before the water did.

MM
01-19-2012 10:05 PM
Southron Spirit wow , looks great mm !
01-19-2012 10:01 PM
makenmend For now I'll keep it full length, I may not need that, if I find the shorter set up better I can still achieve that.

Nice to know it works.
finished the bottom blister repairs, now have 3 coats epoxy/grafite mix, should last a while
MM
01-19-2012 04:38 AM
windyway
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Originally Posted by makenmend View Post
think you had a good ramp,my trailer set up looks to be the same as yours. thinking I'll stow the auxilary extention below the tongue with welded square section brackets and pinned in place. Then drill holes in a couple of places to give me alternative lengths as needed, with a hitch up front to couple to the truck ball. Still to play with this yet.
MM
That's exactly what I have & works great. I only pinned it in one place though, at the longest extension. When I'm at the ramp a few extra feet on the tongue makes little difference to me.
01-19-2012 12:24 AM
makenmend think you had a good ramp,my trailer set up looks to be the same as yours. thinking I'll stow the auxilary extention below the tongue with welded square section brackets and pinned in place. Then drill holes in a couple of places to give me alternative lengths as needed, with a hitch up front to couple to the truck ball. Still to play with this yet.

I should be able to get some table pics and dimentions posted soon.

MM
01-16-2012 11:50 PM
Southron Spirit ww
how long is the straight section of your trailer , mine measures 8'6"
when i took the boat for a test sail we launched it and there was still dry ground behind the truck when it floated off .
,dont know if it was just a good ramp
01-10-2012 01:03 PM
makenmend Thanks for input, I have wandered on the effect of transferring tongue weight with the extention. I'm only out $50.00 for the cost of material so it's not a big deal. but no harm looking at alternatives.

MM
01-06-2012 12:41 AM
windyway
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''when it comes to launching, closer to the water means not as much vehicle down the ramp. 10" wheels allow the trailer to hug the water a little more for launching.''


My trailer has 12'' wheels, and launching I can see being a problem so yesterday I purchased 20' by 2'' square 11 gauge steel beam. it will stow (with brackets) under the centre frame of the trailer. Then at the ramp install into the reciver hitch on my truck and with a 2'' ball to the trailer hitch. see any problems with this set up ??

MM
Sorry I misread the post earlier...YES I see something wrong with this setup! You have a 20ft arm with possibly a 100lb load pulling your vehicle hitch DOWN ! I don't think the 2" pipe will bend too much but it may rip the hitch off your truck! Not only that your going to have a GREAT time trying to line up that ball to your trailer. My 2cents. But try it ! I could be way wrong, if it works post a video, hey even if it doesn't post one! (may be a better one!)
01-05-2012 10:51 PM
windyway
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i would worry about something that long bending from the weight ,you might
put one of those jacks with wheels on it in the middle and then jack the wheels down to the ground to support the weight .
let us know how it works
I would think that 2" sq tubing would take a heck of a lot of weight before bending, especially when the tongue weight of a 2" ball is usually only 500lbs max. I don't think you need 20ft long though. I have (I think) a 3 1/2" X 5ft L square tube galvanized (salt water) & mounted permanently under the trailer center frame. Inside it is a 10ft long 3" (I think) square tube, galvanized with a 2" receiver bolted to the front of it. Basically I unhitch the truck from the surge brake receiver (after I've blocked the wheels!), roll the truck back 15ft, unpin the lower 3" tube & pull it forward 8ft, repin it, hook up & I'm away. I also made a hitch for the front of the truck so I can maneuver wayyyyy easier with this longer trailer down the ramp. Looking forward while doing it is just icing on the cake!
01-05-2012 09:07 PM
Southron Spirit i would worry about something that long bending from the weight ,you might
put one of those jacks with wheels on it in the middle and then jack the wheels down to the ground to support the weight .
let us know how it works
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