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KleyP posted 07-30-2002 10:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for KleyP   Send Email to KleyP  
This is a great website!

It would be great to have a trailering forum.

I have found the best fix to reduce one of the most common sources of trailering aggravation is to replace all lights with LED lights. Since I did this 3 years ago for my 17' Montauk, I haven't had to replace any bulbs (no more 5 AM searches for bulbs and extracting rusty screws!). They are much brighter, you don't have to unplug to put in water, and the prices are coming down. I highly recommend that you replace your lights with LED (available at west marine,, and possibly your local trailer store)

After a blowout on I-95 going about 65 mph, which tore the plastic fender off my trailer and laid a little rubber on the side of my boat, I had a welding shop make new fenders with 3/16" steel. They don't look very good, but I assume they will do a much better job of protecting my boat.

I have a question about covers. I currently have had one of those blue sundura custom fit trailering covers (available from Overtons, cabellas, etc). I have probably towed 5,000 miles and it has been out in the weather for 3 years. It is beginning to fall apart -- rips, tabs falling off, etc. Has anyone tried the magnum (grey) cover which is 2x as thick? Does it last better? Or any other suggestions? If I have to replace a cover every 3 years, maybe I should get a cheaper one?

This is my second Whaler. They are the best!

triblet posted 07-30-2002 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
There are two reasons to unplug your trailer
before launching. The first is to prevent
popping bulbs when a hot bulb hits cold water
and LED bulbs do fix that. But the other
is to prevent electrolysis, and LEDs don't
help that at all. So you should still
unplug them.


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