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Offline Fisherdv

Want to raise the bow a few inches on the trailer to maybe help with fueling and also get the water when washing down the deck to flow twords the back of the boat. Currently when washing the deck the water flows forward to the cuddy. It looks like the front bunk support can be raised about 2 inches. However the back bunk supports don’t look like they have any tilt adjustment (front to back) to accommodate it. Any ideas? Is it possible? First pic is the rear bunk support. Second pic is the front bunk support. I wanted the bow down in the trailer to make sure it would fit in my garage. Now I know it fits and have about 6-8 in clearance
« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 08:48:43 PM by Fisherdv »
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 08:45:29 PM »
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Offline Omega3

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 09:21:32 PM »
The first thing I would do would be to take the boat to the gas station at night when not busy.Jack the tounge up and see if it helps your fueling issue.Do the same thing while washing the boat.
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2018, 09:41:47 PM »
The first thing I would do would be to take the boat to the gas station at night when not busy.Jack the tounge up and see if it helps your fueling issue.Do the same thing while washing the boat.
I tried twice at the gas station disconnected from truck, and jack all the way up. Didn’t help. As far as washdown at the ramp, I usually have a line of impatient people waiting for the hose hook up so I try to get in, and out. Not really time to disconnect from truck. But, what I will do is after washdown I’ll back halfway down the ramp with plug out so the water will drain
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Offline cohosalmon

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 10:52:46 PM »
Sounds like raising the bow by a couple of inches is not going to make any difference then. Might as well leave the trailer as is!? If you really wanted to adjust your front bunks 2" up you could custom make wedges under your rear bunks to get the right angle. I would assume however that the rear bunks as they are can accommodate this slight angle change without any extra doing.

Offline First Cabin

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2018, 06:09:03 AM »
Your boat appears to be properly sitting on the trailer.  2” isn’t going to make any noticeable difference.

Mine and most Arimas will hold a bit of water forward unless you can really (2-3’)raise the front.

Get a steep driveway :jester:  Learn to live with a few ounces in the bilge. :shrug9:

I’m lucky in that I have an incline in front of my garage that allows it to drain completely when I wash it.

After/while washing, maybe you can slip a floor jack under the front?  That’s probably what I would do.



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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2018, 06:17:15 AM »
Ya, you guys are probably right, I should probably leave it alone. I really don’t want to mess with it because it goes off and on the trailer so nicely as is. I could just flip my tow hitch up to gain a few inches
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Online Yachter Yat

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 07:42:01 AM »
   Fisher;  Here's how I "roll".......maybe this will help:  First off, I don't wash anything at a ramp or marina; just too hectic, and cold water doesn't work for me.  When I pull my boat out and get out of the way, the first thing I do is pull the bilge plug.  Believe me, if there happens to be any water in the bilge, it's long gone by the time I get home. I put the motor on lock, drop the antenna, make sure the canvas and everything is secured and I'm on my way.

   When home, I block the trailer wheels, unhitch the tongue and jack the boat all the way up.  This, coupled with a slight angle in my driveway, is enough to get any rinse water out the back. (Note:  I don't move the truck.)   I connect the rinse fixture to the motor with my "special" salt terminator/lemon concoction on a warm to hot water setting.  While that's running, I'm usually unloading some gear. 

   When I feel the motor's had enough, I replace the nozzle on the hose and start rinsing the hull; again, with warm to hot water.  I spray everywhere.  Salt simply disappears!  If it's been a rough day, I'll even spray the deck.  Being jacked-up, water washes right out.  Yes, I do the trailer as well.  After rinsing, I usually do a little water swiping with my "California rubber squeegee thingydo".  Doing that gives a little extra time for the boat to drain.

   By this time, I've pretty much had enough.  I jack the boat back down on the hitch.  (Remember, I didn't move the truck!)  Now, my "baby" goes in the garage.  When garaged, I leave it jack all the way.......at least for a while.   A couple more things:  I always make sure the winch pressure is released and then I close my fuel vent with electrical tape.  In addition to that, I open all the hatches and "sop-up" the bulk of any sitting water.  I'll usually leave those hatches open to dry. 

   I know what you're thinking........golfing would be easier, but who the hell likes golf?   Oh wait....... :hoboy:

Yat 
   
   

   

   
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2018, 08:58:01 AM »
Yat, by sealing off your vent in the garage are you running the risk of pressure building up in the tank and possibly causing a fuel leak or pressure in the motor fuel rail/fittings? I guess the tape would blow off first though. Believe me, I’ve seen first hand what happens to those EPA, sealed, non-venting plastic tanks. They will swell up like a ballon in temperature variations
« Last Edit: January 16, 2018, 09:32:27 AM by Fisherdv »
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2018, 09:11:24 AM »
What about flipping the tow ball mount like in this picture?

« Last Edit: January 16, 2018, 09:14:57 AM by AJFishin »
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Offline Peddler

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2018, 09:12:00 AM »
I use car ramps under the rear truck tires to lift the bow higher when washing. I store the ramps on the boat trailer when not in-use, and just put them in the back of the truck when I hitch up to the trailer. I find this easier than using the tongue jack.

There are two ways you could adjust the front end of your bunks. 1 is to take-up the distance in the brackets, the other is to move the front ends closer to the center-line of the trailer. From my experience, the rear bunk brackets should be “sloppy” enough to accommodate these adjustments.


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Online Yachter Yat

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2018, 09:17:45 AM »
   Fisher;  Never noticed any problems with pressure from sealing that vent.  No tank problems, no vent problems.......no motor problems.  And most importantly;  No "water-in-the-fuel" problems either.  That's why I do it. 

Yat
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2018, 09:34:00 AM »
What about flipping the tow ball mount like in this picture?


AJ, that’s next if I can find the dang key for the pin :doh:
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Online Yachter Yat

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2018, 11:53:34 AM »
   Peddler, thanks.  Good idea about those ramps.  The only place I'd use those is at home, so I could simply keep them in the garage.  BTW guys, just wanted to say that I found these Arimas have to be raised quite a bit to get the bilge to drain.  It's simply because of how they're made.  What I mean is, the bilge gets considerably "deeper" as you go forward.  The way to really see this is to place a 4 foot level on the gunwale and get the boat level with the jack.  Then take that level and crawl under the boat and hold it up against the keel.  You'll be amazed at the difference. 

Yat
Dear Arima:  Please "square-off" the Hunter transom.  Make it like my old 77 Silverline.  Thank you.  Oh yeah...please hurry; I'm getting old.

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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2018, 12:22:12 PM »
Yup, water likes to collect under the in floor, forward cooler compartment no matter how steep of an angle you drain the bilge. I’ll back half way down the boat ramp to drain at a steep angle and when I put the boat in the garage and look in that floor cooler you can see a few inches of water in there through the hole. Probably won’t hurt nothing, but it could get kind of “funky” in there after a long time
« Last Edit: January 16, 2018, 12:25:45 PM by Fisherdv »
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Online Yachter Yat

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2018, 12:28:19 PM »
    I tell everybody; this is why God made bleach.  :jester:

Yat
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2018, 01:14:40 PM »

It’s those little 8” sardines that wiggle down through the holes into the bilge that can get really nasty smelling.  :hoboy:

Then you have to get down, roll up your sleeves, and hold your breath, while you reach through to drag them out. Who knows what will be in the hand-full of nastiness you pull out?

I’ll ask my wife to get it out for me.
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2018, 01:51:52 PM »
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Offline Redhawk

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2018, 02:06:49 PM »
I just use a hand pump to pump out any water. The 150 cuddy has a pretty good 2” lip at the door to the cuddy. That helps keep 99% of the water out.

Offline Omega3

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2018, 05:17:30 PM »
When I park the boat I raise the tounge jack all the way.I have a 4x6 cut to just fit under the tounge that the trailer sits on to prevent load on the jack.Every bit of water drains out.
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Offline familyrig

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2018, 09:37:34 PM »
Not sure if you have a sidewalk but I pull straight into my driveway leaving the boat trailer wheels in the gutter and wash down.  This only works if you are not on a busy street.  Works great and I don't have to unhitch.

David

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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2018, 10:12:58 PM »
Not sure if you have a sidewalk but I pull straight into my driveway leaving the boat trailer wheels in the gutter and wash down.  This only works if you are not on a busy street.  Works great and I don't have to unhitch.

David

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David, if I’m washing down at home that is exactly what I do. My driveway is fairly steep. Most of the time though I like to wash down at the boat ramp immediately after being in the salt. Have to do it pretty quick as it’s usually busy. Right now with the boat nose down a bit on the trailer, and hooked to the truck, the rinse water flows forward twords the bow, not to the drain. If I’m lucky and there’s no one at the ramp I’ll back down the ramp till all the water drains out. Really not a problem, but it’s an extra step I have to do. I’m tired from being up so early, fishing all day, rocking in the boat, washing the boat, flushing motor, drive time etc. so looking for the easiest, least amount of extra steps possible. On the drive home the boats usually pretty dry by the time I get home except for some water in the bilge. I guess I’m really trying to accomplish two things by raising the bow a bit on the trailer; 1) possibly help my fueling issues, and 2) when washing down the boat hooked up to my truck at least get the water to flow to the rear of the boat and not go to the cuddy

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Offline AJFishin

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2018, 01:35:44 PM »
At one of our ramps, "Davies", we're lucky to have 4 wash down spots, there's a secret 5th one at the restroom that some tap into. But during the summer it can get crowed and some people can take 30 minutes or longer to wash down and that's when people start to get a little upset.
I usually take about 20 minutes, but I have a routine I go through before getting to the wash down area, because like you, I don't want to bring work home after a day of fishing.

But there are some things I use that helped me move faster and to GTHO from there. Not sure if this would be of any help.
First I use a "Y" connector that I attach to the water tap. Then I run 2 of my hoses from that; 1 hose to do my engine flush and the other hose to wash the boat during my engine flush.
Second is a bush with a long handle on it to scrub the boat and the deck (2 different brushes & 2 different cleaners) and a wash mitt.
Works well for me.


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Online Yachter Yat

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2018, 03:56:09 PM »
   I don't know guys.  Whatever works for you, I suppose.  For me, (in addition to all the other aforementioned benefits) cleaning-up at home is a lot more leisurely and a lot less hectic.  Besides that, if I want to work in my underpants or crack-open a couple of cold ones during the process, I don't have to worry about the consequences.  Yeah, that's right, I own some land, and my neighbors aren't too close.   :biggrin:

Yat
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Offline Fisherdv

Re: Can this 2100# EZloader trailer bunks be adjusted to raise the bow?
« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2018, 04:12:58 PM »
Must be nice! :cha:
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