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I was wondering if anybody has wrapped the tower before an extended roadtrip with seran wrap or some other form of protection ....or would it be a waste of time.

I got everything covered, except the front of the Illusion, and the bimini bag.

Any thoughts?

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Probably a WOT to saran wrap the tower but if you're towing a long distance, I'd remove the bimini and store it on the floor or in the tow vehicle.

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I put a bunch of saran wrap on my tower last year when making the drive to Shasta...by the time I hit Albany (30 minutes away) I had littered.

See?

It didn't take much to convince me that the seran wrap was a bad idea... :lol:

I like Tracie's idea....still have to wipe off the bugs, (which by the time I get to Shasta on Thursday ought to be pretty thick, Biggrin.gif ) but maybe a little wax will make it easier.

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Not sure if Saran Wrap would have helped my situation, but I made my first trip with my new tower on my boat this weekend. When I reached my destination, I walked to the back of my boat and the upholstery was covered in blood. It took a moment to figure out what happened. After about 6 people's evaluation of the situation, we figured out that a bird hit my tower, and EXPLODED in my boat. I found the spot on my tower where the poor guy hit. After 30 minutes of scrubbing, I was ready to hit the lake, but it left a "funny - wierd" feeling that I hit a bird on my very first road trip with my new tower. Is this a common thing? Or was this just a funky omen of breaking in my new tower? Dontknow.gif

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Not sure if Saran Wrap would have helped my situation, but I made my first trip with my new tower on my boat this weekend. When I reached my destination, I walked to the back of my boat and the upholstery was covered in blood. It took a moment to figure out what happened. After about 6 people's evaluation of the situation, we figured out that a bird hit my tower, and EXPLODED in my boat. I found the spot on my tower where the poor guy hit. After 30 minutes of scrubbing, I was ready to hit the lake, but it left a "funny - wierd" feeling that I hit a bird on my very first road trip with my new tower. Is this a common thing? Or was this just a funky omen of breaking in my new tower? Dontknow.gif

Never heard that before. Hopefully that is a Texas thing!! Biggrin.gif

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I could see the tower collecting a bird...never done it myself however I did happen to whack one with the antennae on my 85 Ford Escort. Man does it make a mess!

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Not sure if Saran Wrap would have helped my situation, but I made my first trip with my new tower on my boat this weekend. When I reached my destination, I walked to the back of my boat and the upholstery was covered in blood. It took a moment to figure out what happened. After about 6 people's evaluation of the situation, we figured out that a bird hit my tower, and EXPLODED in my boat. I found the spot on my tower where the poor guy hit. After 30 minutes of scrubbing, I was ready to hit the lake, but it left a "funny - wierd" feeling that I hit a bird on my very first road trip with my new tower. Is this a common thing? Or was this just a funky omen of breaking in my new tower? Dontknow.gif

On our first family vacation with my VLX i almost took out a Turkey with my tower, we figured he passed in b/w the windshield and the tower, u know that pit u get in the bottom of your stomach? :D

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I put a bunch of saran wrap on my tower last year when making the drive to Shasta...by the time I hit Albany (30 minutes away) I had littered.

See?

It didn't take much to convince me that the seran wrap was a bad idea... :lol:

I like Tracie's idea....still have to wipe off the bugs, (which by the time I get to Shasta on Thursday ought to be pretty thick, Biggrin.gif ) but maybe a little wax will make it easier.

Are you headed to Shasta this weekend? Where are you going to be?

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I put a bunch of saran wrap on my tower last year when making the drive to Shasta...by the time I hit Albany (30 minutes away) I had littered.

was the saran that you used the stretch film sticky type or the plain wrap that doesn't stick very well? also wind is a tricky thing, you might want to try wrapping tape around the saran where you finish up.

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Malibudude

If you want to wrap the tower you'll need to use pallet wraping which is much thicker than saran wrap. Personally I use wax the tower before I go on long trips and the bugs just wipe right off.

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I put a bunch of saran wrap on my tower last year when making the drive to Shasta...by the time I hit Albany (30 minutes away) I had littered.

See?

It didn't take much to convince me that the seran wrap was a bad idea... :lol:

I like Tracie's idea....still have to wipe off the bugs, (which by the time I get to Shasta on Thursday ought to be pretty thick, Biggrin.gif ) but maybe a little wax will make it easier.

Are you headed to Shasta this weekend? Where are you going to be?

Oh yeah !!!!!!!! Yahoo.gif

I will PM you..

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Not sure if Saran Wrap would have helped my situation, but I made my first trip with my new tower on my boat this weekend. When I reached my destination, I walked to the back of my boat and the upholstery was covered in blood. It took a moment to figure out what happened. After about 6 people's evaluation of the situation, we figured out that a bird hit my tower, and EXPLODED in my boat. I found the spot on my tower where the poor guy hit. After 30 minutes of scrubbing, I was ready to hit the lake, but it left a "funny - wierd" feeling that I hit a bird on my very first road trip with my new tower. Is this a common thing? Or was this just a funky omen of breaking in my new tower? Dontknow.gif

That may be part of breaking in a new tower. My buddy hit a Whataburger when he got his first tower. :Doh:

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I've towed with a light version of the packaging wrap, I ended up littering plastic wrap all over. For the most part it stayed on the tower, but it came off of the racks.

If you buy real packaging tape though, the real kind - it is thicker than seran wrap as Justin pointed out. If you wrap this many times around your stuff you will protect your tower.

I used it specifically for my speakers one time. I had to tow in the rain. I wrapped them up real good, then used packing tape to hold the wrap in place. It worked great.

I think for your tower the 'wax' idea is a good one. I'll start using that as well. But for your speakers, the wrap stuff works well.

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You guys are killin me - Is the time spent applying wrap or wax or oil to the tower, and then removing it once you get to your destination less, and more effective than just using a rag and some quick detailer once you get there and just wipe the bugs off?

You still have to remove something once you get to the lake...

1) get some speaker covers - that helps

2) bring a rag, or a 'boat towel' to wipe things off when you arive

3) Get on the water, and enjoy!

(no trash to dispose of, nasty residue, or littering on the highway)

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You guys are killin me - Is the time spent applying wrap or wax or oil to the tower, and then removing it once you get to your destination less, and more effective than just using a rag and some quick detailer once you get there and just wipe the bugs off?

You still have to remove something once you get to the lake...

1) get some speaker covers - that helps

2) bring a rag, or a 'boat towel' to wipe things off when you arive

3) Get on the water, and enjoy!

(no trash to dispose of, nasty residue, or littering on the highway)

This is why I haven't gone with the plastic wrap. I have covers for my speakers, lift offs for the racks (on the last boat we had covers for the racks as well) & keep some detailer & rags in the boat for the rest. BTW, the detailer that we've found that works really well on the bugs is called Honda Gloss Polish & it comes in an aerosol spray bottle available at Honda motorcycle dealers. It's a cleaner as well as a polish that is very easy to use & make the tower look great. I may still try the method of adding some wax before leaving, anything that makes it easier is worth trying in my book. :)

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Malibudude

Just to clarify I don’t wax the tower and leave on the film until I get to the launch ramp. I wax the boat once a month at least and include the tower in this ritual. The bugs are easy to get off the powder coat if I keep the waxing up.

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In the paint section at Home Depot they carry a heavy duty plastic sheeting product (2-3 feet by 10 yards, approximately) that is sold as a drop "cloth" product. When I tow longer trips in the norhteast (i.e., 8-10 hour trips to NY, PA, etc.), I wrap the tower with this and then anchor it with duct tape and have never had a problem. It holds up to the winds at highway speeds, keeps the tower clean, and is easy to get off with a utility knife. I carry extra plastic wrap with me for the return trip also and am very happy with it. Being in brackish water most of the time we ride, when we do travel to the lake we do not clean the boat at all and enjoy leaving it on the water to air dry every night.

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