Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#16 Post by ROLAND » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:17 am

Sunnyside... maybe something like these may help..... they're 48" tall / have one on each side... when I approach the trailer I just line up the right side of the boat about 2 inches inside the trailer guide....they have really helped me when it comes to loading.... just something to think about.

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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#17 Post by fiddlebick » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:58 am

I spent all day yesterday working on my new bunker guide system, which will be very similar to the 4c except there will be no adjustments, it will be a fixed height. Lots of cutting and welding yesterday, I am glad the weather was cool here. I plan to post some pics when I get it done.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#18 Post by steveiam » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:34 am

fiddlebick wrote:I spent all day yesterday working on my new bunker guide system, which will be very similar to the 4c except there will be no adjustments, it will be a fixed height. Lots of cutting and welding yesterday, I am glad the weather was cool here. I plan to post some pics when I get it done.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#19 Post by fiddlebick » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:21 pm

Steve, when you put the 1x4's over your bunks did you remove the carpet first? I thought I might just put them over the existing carpet which is in really good shape. Also my bunks are 6" wide boards...I wonder if they make the pvc boards in that width too.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#20 Post by steveiam » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:52 pm

fiddlebick wrote:Steve, when you put the 1x4's over your bunks did you remove the carpet first? I thought I might just put them over the existing carpet which is in really good shape. Also my bunks are 6" wide boards...I wonder if they make the pvc boards in that width too.
I did put them over the carpet, yes
I counter sank the screws before I took it to the lake to do the work.
I'm pretty sure I saw those
Boards in 6 in also.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#21 Post by sunnyside » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:02 pm

ROLAND wrote:Sunnyside... maybe something like these may help..... they're 48" tall / have one on each side... when I approach the trailer I just line up the right side of the boat about 2 inches inside the trailer guide....they have really helped me when it comes to loading.... just something to think about.
Roland, that looks like another good idea. It seems perhaps a combination of a pair of these tall outer guide posts and the inner guide posts I already have would work well. Thanks.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#22 Post by rob28 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:19 pm

Do the outside poles make the trailer too wide for some roads? I thought the max width before a permit was required was 8ft 6in. Those poles look like they add a few more inches either side, making it close to 9ft wide.
Now if they were easily removable, I can't see an issue.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#23 Post by ROLAND » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:50 am

rob28 wrote:Do the outside poles make the trailer too wide for some roads? I thought the max width before a permit was required was 8ft 6in. Those poles look like they add a few more inches either side, making it close to 9ft wide.
Now if they were easily removable, I can't see an issue.

Yes, they do make it a little wider, but not a problem.... the plastic pvc poles can actually just slide off the brackets... put em in the back of the truck when towing and back on the trailer at the launch if you want.... to be honest, I just usually leave mine on... but they do slide off if you want to take them off while towing.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#24 Post by Gonefishing » Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:24 am

Anyone have any more info on the4c system. I tried getting more info like price, contact info and can't get any info to come up.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#25 Post by rob28 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:41 am

$379 inclusive of shipping to 48 states.
If North of the border, add another $100.

This is for the guide system only and not the latch assembly seen in the video.

Extract from the email received from them..

Thank you for the interest in our patented CMC pontoon "Quick Loader" assembly kit. The assembly kits are constructed using unpainted heavy aluminum, and ships with all hardware. The system is designed to fit most all pontoon trailers,(25' max pontoon length), and are adjustable, at any time, to fit most launch ramps. You will have to purchase 2”x4”s or 2"x6"'s and carpet for the rails, to protect your pontoon. Pricing includes free shipping. (lower 48 states only). Pricing does not include in state sales tax (KY).

The "CMC Quick Loader" assembly kit is designed for easy installation.

"Quick Loader" Rail kit includes
2- nine foot rails.
2- rear uprights and frame brackets.
2- front uprights and frame brackets.
All bolts and nuts
Installation instructions and phone support. (real person).

Auto latch kit
2-uprights and frame brackets
1-"Auto Latch"
All bolts and nuts
Installation instructions and phone support. (real person).

We will need to gather more information on your pontoon and trailer.

Price for complete CMC Loader kit (Rails and auto latch) (N/A)

Price for “Quick Loader” only. $379.00. (Delivered to you, no other cost!)

The "Auto Latch" is currently under going "Innovations" and will not be available until mid summer.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#26 Post by Silver Eagle » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:36 am

Could some one post the Address and e-mail of the quick loader kit. If I can get this I may keep my pontoon boat a couple of more years. Thanks

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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#27 Post by redbeard » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:49 am

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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#28 Post by rob28 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:50 pm

I've ordered the 4C guide system so will get it installed and reviewed soon.....
For the money, it doesn't seem that bad when compared to buying all the parts separately and then paying someone to fabricate some brackets.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#29 Post by Bryden24shp » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:16 pm

With that cross brace, they won't work on a tri-toon. Without that brace, I they look like they could be a little flimsy if hit on the side, hard.
I still use the Rough water guides. They work good, line up pretty decently in strong winds and side currents. I am thinking of attaching carpeted boards running to the front. Just as an extra guide system, but 9 out of 10 times, I hit it square on.
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Re: Loading onto a trailer in a crosswind

#30 Post by Mosnowman » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:30 am

I use the guides like Roland posted. Only thing different that I found useful was that I actually mounted them right behind the wheels farther forward because of the length of my tritoon. I'm definitely trailer challenged and by moving them farther forward it seemed to help me align even better. I also put in at a deep ramp and have found that I can stand on the dock with a dock line attached on the opposite side front cleat and simply pull the toon onto the trailer...attach the winch and due to deep water winch it on. I then drive slowly forward and it seats itself perfectly every time. I know...it's a newb maneuver but hey...I'm a newb. :nutkick
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