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Trailer guides

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs, Trailers and other things with Wheels' started by GoVols01, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. GoVols01

    GoVols01 Active Member

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    Boat Length:
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    I need to increase my wife's confidence in loading the boat onto the trailer, so I'm looking into some trailer guides. So, the 2 types I'm considering are the bunk guides and the vertical roller pole.

    My preference is to get the horizontal bunk guides, but it looks like most of them are only 5' long, which I don't think is long enough to strattle the twin axles.

    The vertical guide will add to the overall width of the trailer, I think and will likely make it more difficult to put the boat in and out of the garage.

    What are your suggestions?
     
  2. 0627Devildog

    0627Devildog Jetboaters Captain Classifieds Moderator

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  3. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    I had the bunk guides on my first 19' jet boat, and they only work well on shallow ramps. On a deep ramp they disappear and don't work as well. The post style is much better....but yes...they add some width to the trailer.
     
  4. 0627Devildog

    0627Devildog Jetboaters Captain Classifieds Moderator

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    You could always get the horizontal guides and attached some PVC for a visual aide. . . .
     
  5. Ronnie

    Ronnie Jetboaters Admiral

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    They add about 3" to each side, 5" depending on the guide design. Go as long as you can and add running lights to the tops if you are after maximum visiability, consider adding bright colored covers as well.
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  6. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    Yes...you definitely want to cover the PVC....otherwise it will leave marks on your hull if you rub against it!
     
  7. 0627Devildog

    0627Devildog Jetboaters Captain Classifieds Moderator

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    I wonder if this depends upon the model boat and/or PVC length. . . . . as there is literally no conceivable way my guides could hit my hull. They would ALWAYS hit the rub rail before coming close to the hull.
     
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  8. Julian

    Julian Jetboaters Fleet Admiral Staff Member Administrator

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    Depends on how steep the ramp is. Also, the older boats with rubber rub rails....the PVC would come off on the rub rail too!
     
  9. 0627Devildog

    0627Devildog Jetboaters Captain Classifieds Moderator

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    Ahhhh, ok.

    I guess if the ramp was super steep you could conceivably hit the hull below the rub rail. . . . . But that would have to be a hell of a steep angle which none of the ramps I launch from are.

    I also only launch and retrieve 3-4 times a year. . . . . .
     
  10. Ernie

    Ernie Well-Known Member

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    Ive had a pair of these in my garage for a few years now and just decided to put them on the trailer. How far away from the boat do you guys usually adjust them? I put them at one and half inches from the side, will that be enough?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  11. 0627Devildog

    0627Devildog Jetboaters Captain Classifieds Moderator

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    Yes, that should be fine.
     
  12. jetboater4life

    jetboater4life Jet Boat Junkie

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    21
    I have the VeVe guides with smith lights same as Devildog. It's a great combo that has made retrieving the boat much easier.
     
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  13. biffdotorg

    biffdotorg Jet Boat Lover

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    Boat Model:
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    Boat Length:
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    My wife loves the VeVe guides. It was a great investment.

    Now she just concentrates on getting the bow between them, let's the boat settle, then can concentrate on how straight it is. As noted above, we did need to leave a bit of a gap as our boat is wider in the middle and figured that out the first time we backed off and the boat stuck halfway off the trailer.

    We did go with pads, and the long length. I did try using come black dye this season as they did fade quite a bit. No functionality lost though. I also painted the hardware black to match the trailer.

    The VeVe guides have got to be the strongest on the market too. I would say they have been smacked pretty darn hard on certain occasions. Anyone who says they are not needed, has never tried recovering a boat in 2.5ft cross waves or a current in a river.

    Good luck!
     
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  14. Slfmde

    Slfmde Member

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    Year:
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    Boat Model:
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    What size frame bolts did you guys order for the VeVe guides? I haven't taken delivery yet so I don't know the height of the frame. They come 7"-10".
     
  15. biffdotorg

    biffdotorg Jet Boat Lover

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    All the hardware came with the kit. No special bolts were needed. They are designed to adapt to a number of different brands of trailers, and mounting styles. You should be good.
     
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