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Lees23

Anyone ever modify trailer guide poles

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Lees23

I am in a pretty tight spot where I have just couple inches of clearance on ether side of my trailer to get into my storage unit.  Is there any way to replace the top bolt of each guide pole with a quick release bolt that uses a cotter pin?  This would allow you to quickly remove the pin and move the guide pole next to/against the boat creating more clearance in tight areas? Effectively making the trailer even 4" narrower would make a huge difference.  

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Koeh0083

Check out topic in trailers and towing

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oldjeep

Funny Malibu went with that design.  Boatmate trailers have a pin and 2 tension bolts.  I'd find a pin the same diameter as the bolts and see how much it flops around.

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Koeh0083

It would flop enough to hit boat. Tried it already. There is about 12" in diameter of travel if not bolt tight to trailer. There is 2 rods that hold the angle to the trailer and if they are not tight to them the pipes flop all over the place. . And when I mean tight you have to crank the bolt as tight as you can get them. Bad design, if they would have made the bolt pass thru trailer, then pipe and back thri trailer all life would be easier. 

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Sparky450

All this talk on guideposts. Mine simply drop in a sleeve without a pin.

I can simply pull them out and set them on the swim deck.

They were also this way on my 96 Brendella.

Never had one fall out.

If my boat was here now I would take a picture.

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Koeh0083
1 minute ago, Sparky450 said:

All this talk on guideposts. Mine simply drop in a sleeve without a pin.

I can simply pull them out and set them on the swim deck.

They were also this way on my 96 Brendella.

Never had one fall out.

If my boat was here now I would take a picture.

That's how our 2003 ski nautique trailer is, but this design does not allow for that. The guides are meant to be bolted in tight with stainless locknuts. Unfortunately if you have worked with stainless hardware those bolts are going to gaul together with out the use of never seize (messiest stuff on earth.)

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ahopkinsVTX
2 minutes ago, Koeh0083 said:

That's how our 2003 ski nautique trailer is, but this design does not allow for that. The guides are meant to be bolted in tight with stainless locknuts. Unfortunately if you have worked with stainless hardware those bolts are going to gaul together with out the use of never seize (messiest stuff on earth.)

What about switching the stainless to galvanized?

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Koeh0083

Here is a pic. Those pieces of rod welded to trailer center the angle of pipe and if not bolted absolutely tight will cause pipe to swing and hit hull of boat.7A93EFF6-00A5-4085-99A1-BA4041ECB3CE_zps

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Koeh0083

I cut mine and sleeved it's with a piece of 1 9/16 stainless pipe. We manufacture carwash equipment so stainless is plentiful.B72839BC-BE9C-4883-B61C-611045CC76E7_zps8E16C535-47C8-451A-A065-BB1BC01D1B29_zps

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dalt1
8 minutes ago, Koeh0083 said:

I cut mine and sleeved it's with a piece of 1 9/16 stainless pipe. We manufacture carwash equipment so stainless is plentiful.B72839BC-BE9C-4883-B61C-611045CC76E7_zps8E16C535-47C8-451A-A065-BB1BC01D1B29_zps

I did the same thing with my 06 Boatmate. Worked great.

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Stevo
1 hour ago, Koeh0083 said:

I cut mine and sleeved it's with a piece of 1 9/16 stainless pipe. We manufacture carwash equipment so stainless is plentiful.B72839BC-BE9C-4883-B61C-611045CC76E7_zps8E16C535-47C8-451A-A065-BB1BC01D1B29_zps

Did u swedge the stainless /weld / bolt??

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Koeh0083
48 minutes ago, Stevo said:

Did u swedge the stainless /weld / bolt??

I bolted the stainless to the 6" piece that I cut off the bottom of guide.

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Lees23

Sorry for the buplicste thread all. I will be replicating the sleeve system.  

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oldjeep
11 hours ago, Koeh0083 said:

Here is a pic. Those pieces of rod welded to trailer center the angle of pipe and if not bolted absolutely tight will cause pipe to swing and hit hull of boat.7A93EFF6-00A5-4085-99A1-BA4041ECB3CE_zps

Seems like there might be a market for a kit to fix this.  Figure a bigger tube with a couple of tabs to bolt to new holes in that plate, a tension bolt and then a pin to pin through one of the existing holes

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gregtay
On 4/19/2017 at 5:12 AM, oldjeep said:

Seems like there might be a market for a kit to fix this.  Figure a bigger tube with a couple of tabs to bolt to new holes in that plate, a tension bolt and then a pin to pin through one of the existing holes

Old thread... but if anyone ever made "a kit" i'd certainly buy one!!!

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