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Greg Ludwig
09-04-2007, 10:18 AM
Any suggestions on towing with a full tower? have 2002 197 and going on a 800 mile trip. Tower seems to wiggle a lot on trailer. Is it better to keep up or fold down for long hauls?

erkoehler
09-04-2007, 10:38 AM
Do not fold the tower.

Roonie's
09-04-2007, 10:38 AM
I just finished a 3800 mile road trip and found when I folded tower down it gave me 4-5 mpg more. First half I left it up and second half I took it down. If you leave up, wrap it in saran wrap for bugs and blue tape. It will save clean up time. I also took off my platform and layed it across my back seats and tied it down to keep the seats from flying out down the highway. Also didn't have to worry about people bumping into it at night. I towed with cover off.

It may be difficult to fold your tower down with it loaded. Mine was empty.

When I did fold it down I layed it on a big piece of wood wrapped in a towel to ditribute the load of it across the vinyl so it didn't hurt it.

32offer
09-04-2007, 10:39 AM
I've gone about 400 miles one way with my tower up and had no problems. Yea, it wiggles a little, but it shouldn't hurt anything. You'll just kill alot of bugs. If you do collapse it, I would recommend blocking it up just a little to avoid having it resting on the bow/seat cushions/grab handles, etc. I would also strap it down so it doesn't bounce around.

Greg Ludwig
09-04-2007, 10:42 AM
I have some spider craking in the fiberglass where the tower mounts the boat. Any concern there?

DanC
09-04-2007, 06:36 PM
Do not fold the tower.
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Why not?

88 PS190
09-04-2007, 06:40 PM
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Why not?

what's going to secure the tower if its not up?

DanC
09-04-2007, 07:09 PM
what's going to secure the tower if its not up?

Tied down to hand rails or seat bottoms

Thrall
09-04-2007, 07:31 PM
I usually tow w/ the tower up, but left it down for bug reasons (and thought I'd get better mileage, jury's still out on that one) on a recent trip back east.
No ill affects leaving it down other than watching the towel that was wedged under it slowly come out at 80 mph until I could find a spot to pull off. Put a slight scuff in the deck. I folded the tower forward, put a towel between the tower and deck and bungeed it down to the trailer. Worked fine the rest of the way after I taped the towel onto the tower.

jsc0324
09-04-2007, 07:44 PM
I installed a New Dimension Towers on my PS 190 at the beginning of the season. New Dimensions was very specific, always tow with the tower up. Never tried it with it down.

Roonie's
09-05-2007, 09:00 AM
I duct taped the towel around the board and around my tower so everything stayed put for 1600 miles. I screwed the tower mounting knobs down tight so it wouldn't bounce around. It did the trick so I never tied it down. According to my on board trip computer I got 4-5 better mpg with tower down for 1600 miles. I did the first 1600 miles with tower up and the second 1600 miles with tower down.

Greg Ludwig
09-05-2007, 09:39 AM
Thanks for all replies. mastercraft recommended trailering with it down. I guess I will try both and see. good idea on the saran wrap!

River Rat
09-05-2007, 10:07 AM
Used saran wrap for my tower speakers this weekend and it worked great, kept them bug free:D

Roonie's
09-05-2007, 11:10 AM
Saran wrap is great. I can't take credit as someone mentioned it to me as a good trick. I have also tried blue tape but after going through several storms the blue tape comes right off the tower when wet. Saran wrap is the only way to go if you leave tower up.