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Hey guys of BR, whats going on today?! I need some help from you guys, and if you own a nitro or a boat with my similar trailer issue, even better! I recently got a 2011 Nitro Z6. Love it, the only thing I dislike is loading the boat on the trailer, It can be a little difficult by myself, so I ran up to Cabelas and picked up some guide on bunks. Great, right?! I have a small issue I didn't realize until I got home though. Behind and in front of the trailer wheel well, there are step-up side plates, which add about 8 inches to the trailer frame itself, making it about 10" wide instead of 2" wide, I cant install the guide on bunks with these in the way, and cant take them off seeing as how the trailer lights are integrated into them. I guess my question is, can I install the guide on's further up towards the front of the trailer? Never really seen that done before, they are always installed on the back, so it seems. Plus I'm not sure if it would work, seeing as how the frame of the trailer starts angling/curving into a V back towards the tongue/hitch. Ill upload some pictures so you can get a better idea of what I'm dealing with. Ill also include a link (is that allowed? Idk :0) to the bunks I purchased. Thanks in advance for any help guys!

***I MEANT TO PUT THIS IN THE BASS BOAT FORUM, CANT FIGURE OUT HOW TO DELETE SO I COULD RE POST IT THERE.

 

-Guide on bunks purchased- http://www.cabelas.com/product/boating/boating-trailer-accessories/guide-ons-bunks|/pc/104794380/c/104781780/sc/104366880/cabela-s-low-profile-bunk-guide-ons/700557.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fguide-ons-bunks%2F_%2FN-1100650%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104366880

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It has to be at the back because it's straight. Looks from the picture like you have to drill 2 holes through the diamond plate on each mount for the bolts to go down the outside of the frame rail.

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Can't see your trailer front bow roller, is it a extra wide amber color soft rubber type? If not I believe Cabelas carries it.

My guess and I could be wrong is you have the trailer too deep with the finders completely submerged. Bass boat trailers are designed to self guide onto the bunkers when you drive the boat onto the trailer. The top of the fenders should be about 1" to 2" above the water and use those to center the boat onto the trailer at idle speed. When the boat stops on the bunkers it should be straight and about 6" to 1' from the front roller. Trim up the engine a few inches and increase throttle power and the boat eases up onto the front roller, leave the engine running and go up front and clip on your strap, wind the wench tight, go back shut down the engine, trim it about about a foot and your are done.

I fish alone often under all kinds of weather conditions over 50 years with bass boats of several brands and this works for every bass boat I know of with trailer bunks.

Tom

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What was the problem with loading?

Maybe if you describe it, folks can help and you won't even need to make any additions to your trailer.

I know with my Stratos, it was a little tricky to learn how to trailer it while fishing solo. It took me a little while to get it right.

I learned that if I position the trailer correctly, with about 3" of the bunk above the water, no less, no more, that I could just drive the boat onto the trailer gently, the trim up so that the top of prop was barely submerged, and then power it onto the trailer until it hit the roller. It'll make a rooster tail. Then step off the front of the boat onto the trailer or truck bumper, give it a crank or two, and you're done. 

Each boat has a system. It might be better to figure out the system than to make trailer modifications. 

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12 hours ago, Crappiebasser said:

drill 2 holes through the diamond plate on each mount for the bolts to go down the outside of the frame rail.

^^^ Exactly and simple. Takes all the having to have things perfect out of the equation. My trailer has welded on uprights at the rear. Once that nose of the boat comes through its done. Unless someone does something really crazy you just get the strap hook it on and crank it on. It aligns itself as the strap keeps the nose exactly headed for the center and the rear cant get away left or right. 

Being alone they help especially if its windy or your at a not so familiar ramp. 

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