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rls34

Tower Help

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rls34

2013 247 tower won't fold all the way down. Bimini hits the windshield and keeps it from going all the way down to the dash. It is 9' 2" high at the top of the ball. I have moved the bimini forward and back to try and make room. I searched the forum and couldn't find any tips. Help please.

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Deven

You probably don't want to hear this, but you'll have to remove the bimini.

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vaporbluebu

Does anyone have pictures of this type of bimini? I wasn't aware that there were two different types when I ordered my boat. I received the other style which doesn't have to be removed to lower the tower, but has poles on the front of it and doesn't slide. I have to lower the tower in and out of the garage each time so I'm glad I don't have to remove it, but curious what the differences are.

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Levi900RR

Call your dealer. I'm guessing you dropped a considerable amount of cash for your 247. They should be happy to help out.

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Bill_AirJunky

Call your dealer. I'm guessing you dropped a considerable amount of cash for your 247. They should be happy to help out.

I'd be afraid to hear them laughing at the question.

You need to remove the bimini from the tower. My buddy removes his racks & speakers too.

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3sport

Does anyone have pictures of this type of bimini? I wasn't aware that there were two different types when I ordered my boat. I received the other style which doesn't have to be removed to lower the tower, but has poles on the front of it and doesn't slide. I have to lower the tower in and out of the garage each time so I'm glad I don't have to remove it, but curious what the differences are.

In my experience with the two, the difference is the new 2013 slider version can be put up and taken down in a minute - it's that easy. Pole version is so cumbersome that everyone I know with it just leaves it up all season - maybe it's not that bad once you get used to it and figure it out.

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vaporbluebu

It's not difficult at all as I take mine up and down every trip. It's basically the same as was on my Illusion tower. Curious how the slider works.

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3sport

That's kinda what I figured - once you know what you're doing its easy enough. I guess the thing with the slider is a 2 year old could figure it out. Slide the frame forward, extend the back half, and clip in the brackets. The most time consuming part is unzipping it.

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vaporbluebu

I guess for me it would end up being a wash. If I had the slider it would be quicker to set up and take down, but I would have to remove it to get the boat in and out of the garage every time we go out. Now I don't have to remove anything, but takes a minute or 2 longer to set up.

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saidainc

My wife figured out how to remove the bimini by herself so Im pretty sure anyone could

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vaporbluebu

That doesn't look any easier than the pole version and I don't have to take mine off. Glad I got what I got without even knowing it.

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wakesetter8796

Vapor is your the CS Bimini or Great Lakes?

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wakebrdr94

Vapor is your the CS Bimini or Great Lakes?

What is the difference between those two?

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vaporbluebu

Yes, what is the difference between the two? How would I know which one I have?

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wakesetter8796

Just the material of the Bimini. Great Lakes is like sunbrella. Now if you have the slider or not, I can't tell unless you post a pic. Might as well get the GL if you have the normal CS already.

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vaporbluebu

I definitely have the pole not slider Bimini and I'm pretty sure it's the GL.

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wakesetter8796

Ok I don't know if the slider would put away easier or not... It would be awesome if they had a GL slider.

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rls34

Mine is the slider. It doesn't slide as easy as the video wakebrdr94 posted. I feel like we have to beat ours with a hammer to move it. I guess I will remove it. uggh.

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Sunscape fan

I am trying to decide between the GL and the Slider bimini in my boat order....If I don't want to remove the bimini, but need to put the tower down, how much does the slider impede the lowering of the tower? My garage door height is 9'. Probably a little less cause the door doesn't go 100% up. Which bimini??

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rls34

The slider will not allow you to get under your garage door without removing it. I don't know much about the GL.

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mrnate450r

The slider will not allow you to get under your garage door without removing it. I don't know much about the GL.

I can get my boat, tower up under a 10 ft door. I doubt you will have trouble with the slider. Of course, I never folded my tower either so I don't know how far it sticks up.

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Sunscape fan

I measured the 23LSV at the dealer with a slider and 18" wheels. It sits at 102-103". It should JUST make it without removing the Bimini.

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mrnate450r

I measured the 23LSV at the dealer with a slider and 18" wheels. It sits at 102-103". It should JUST make it without removing the Bimini.

Boatmate also told me the trailer will settle 1/2-3/4" in the first year.

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Sunscape fan

Boatmate also told me the trailer will settle 1/2-3/4" in the first year.

Even better. I figured I could buy a drop hitch too to get the front of the boat down

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