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Old 05-07-2018, 08:55 AM
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Long distance trailering

Does anyone run any sort of rock protection when trailering long distances? Im going to be picking up my new ride shortly and have a 7 hour tow. Id hate to send road debris into my nice, new boat.


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Old 05-07-2018, 09:01 AM
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I've run a few long trips (900 miles each way, 6 times) and never used anything, nor had any issues. But I do like the idea of the rock tamers that attach to the receiver hitch. DoubleD just put them on his avalanche.
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:05 AM
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If you have to ask, I suspect you already know to add something.

If towing regularly, it's nice for peace of mind. For $250 you can get Rock Tamer at Bass Pro or Cabela's. For those with MCOCD, this product or something similar is a must. Even the smallest of rock dings that you'll want fixed will cost $250 in gel repair.

I've used one for the last 15 years. Made my own for about $40, then when I bought a new truck I got a Rock Tamer.
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:32 AM
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I haul two trips a year. One trip is twice at 7 hours each way and one trip is 19 hours each way. The thing I worry about the most is the windshield. I put a furniture blanket over the windshield under the cover and wrap all around with pallet wrap including any vinyl that the cover touches. Rocks on the road kicked up by the truck worries me much less than the gritty stuff as the interstates are pretty clear of rocks. Don't know much I can do about the gritty stuff other than maybe wrap the entire boat.
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Old 05-07-2018, 09:34 AM
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I've run a few long trips (900 miles each way, 6 times) and never used anything, nor had any issues. But I do like the idea of the rock tamers that attach to the receiver hitch. DoubleD just put them on his avalanche.
I have owned my boat since 2001 and have hauled it everywhere, long and short trips, with no added protection on a standard tow vehicle, with stock wheels and tires. I have had no issues but that doesn't mean I couldn't happen.

For Christmas I gifted myself a new lift kit, wheels and tires, that have a ton more meat, and stick out the sides now. I good friend of mine did a similar upgrade and recommended getting some added mud flaps to protect the gel. As stated, worth the $200 to $250 for the add-on.

Before and after pics for reference. The custom MC plates were over and above the cost mentioned above.

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Old 05-07-2018, 09:38 AM
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I haul two trips a year. One trip is twice at 7 hours each way and one trip is 19 hours each way. The thing I worry about the most is the windshield. I put a furniture blanket over the windshield under the cover and wrap all around with pallet wrap including any vinyl that the cover touches. Rocks on the road kicked up by the truck worries me much less than the gritty stuff as the interstates are pretty clear of rocks. Don't know much I can do about the gritty stuff other than maybe wrap the entire boat.
I had a car pass me on a two lane road and he kicked up a stone directly into my center pass through window. 1 in 1000 shot. That sucked..
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