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Eric posted 07-20-2001 02:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for Eric   Send Email to Eric  
My boat is only about 5 inches wider than the trailer frame on each side. The pvc guide-ons don't adjust that close to the trailer due to the wider radius of the bend in them. Can the pvc be bent with heat? Any other suggestions?
I'm replacing the old ones since they were filled with some sort of foam, and I can't change the wires to the lights.
where2 posted 07-20-2001 05:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Accidental chemistry classes have taught me that many foams DO NOT like things like Gasoline, Acetone, and other petroleum products. I wonder if you could eat the foam out of the old ones, and replace your wiring. Otherwise, it sounds like you're in the custom area.
kamml posted 07-20-2001 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
I just had the same problem with guides I purchased from bass-pro for my Montauk. I reversed the tube ends to gain additional length on and to the trailer frame and bent the tubing for the rest of the clearance needed. I bent the galvanized steel tube not the plastic. I used the plastic tube up close to the end for leverage with my size 12 foot on the mounting plate. I got around three inches each side that way. Oh, I almost forgot, I shortened the plastic tube about 8" to improve the clearance around the rub rail on the boat. I now know that was not necessary.
Ken
JB posted 07-20-2001 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for JB  Send Email to JB     
Maybe you could mount a cross piece across your trailer frame (with U-bolts)and then mount the guides to that...? I probably have the same guides but luckily my trailer must be a little narrower...
Bigshot posted 07-23-2001 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Uh, just tape the new wire on your old guides. Use white electrical tape and run wire on the inside. It's a trailer. FYI Lights on the guides is illegal in most states but I never been stopped for it. Have to be below a certain height and most put at top of guides.
Eric posted 07-26-2001 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
Thanks for the input. Solved the problem by shimming the inside half of the guide with a piece of 1/2" starboard. The outer half of the guide contacts the frame, as intended. Big hassle, but it worked. The best thing was the fact that I took the new guides back to the trailer shop, and a day later my neighbor threw a perfectly good set away. Ten bucks for some u-bolts, and I wasn't afraid to mess with them to make them work.

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