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I have a question specifically about larger tandem or tri-axle trailers. Do you feel that the after-market glides added to the trailer bunks are helpful during launching and retrieving? If so, why don't trailers just come with them? Another thing I was wondering about is the slippery spray they sell for bunks...do you think it works at all, and if so, how long does it last? S. Pietruska, Fall River, MA
Answered on: 6/2005
MIKE: I am not sure about the larger sized trailers, but I just bought a new Venture Trailer for my 17' Mako and it came standard with Poly bunk coverings (same material that the glides or slicks are made of). I just replaced a trailer with carpeted bunks and I notice a big difference in loading and unloading. I would also recommend the aftermarket glides or slicks, but pay attention to the manufacturer's recommendations. Depending on the weight of the boat you may, or may not, be able to use them. They come in a few different configurations from strips that cover the length of the bunk, to rectangular pieces that you place at intervals along the bunk. I am familiar with the spray product (Liquid Rollers by Mary Kate Products) but have not personally tried it. It is a silicone-based spray that you apply to your carpeted bunks, creating a slick, friction free surface. At $14.99 a can, it is certainly worth a try. GEORGE: Guide poles are a handy tool to have especially if you are dealing with a crosswind at the ramp while loading. And here in Florida where I am, most boat trailer manufacturers include guide poles as standard. With regard to bunk sprays, I'm not a fan and here's why: if you come to a sudden stop while under tow, the boat has the potential of sliding forward on the bunk. So I don't think the merits of bunk spray justify the problems that can occur.
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