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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:09 am 
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Took the 6 Yakima Mako saddles off my trailer and mounted two 4" black pipes lengthwise to the support bars. Even with 6 Mako saddles to spread the load my PA's hull was getting dents. The trailer is a late 1940's 1/4 ton Bantam trailer. I may add carpet to the pipes if they end up being too slick for inclined launches.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:58 pm 
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What is the protective covering you have on the bow bottom point? I have had my PA 14 for 2 days and already see that the front point on the bottome is going to take some abuse
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:00 am 
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This concept works well on roof racks as well. Second season of using this method and it's great. I haven't found the need for carpet on them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:11 am 
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The use of smaller diameter pipe (2-inch) results in the pipe better conforming to the hull shape of the PA.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:29 am 
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jfnall, it is keeleazy tape,
http://www.keeleazy.com/
Tom, I mainly wanted the 4" pipe so I could get my hand inside to tighten the u-bolts. I am going to watch this closely to see if it will work out ok. I also wanted the larger diameter to keep the hull away from the crossbars and because the 4" has to be stronger than the 2" pipe. I take this trailer on rough 4x4 roads.
Turtle, what diameter and type of pipes are you using and how did you secure them to the rack?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:39 am 
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It'll work. No problem. But the smaller pipe will better conform to the hull. You just drill all the way through it and use the top hole to insert a socket, screwdriver or whatever you need to reach to the fastener.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:57 pm 
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Has anyone considered taking a 2" PVC pipe and sheathing it with a foam cover?
Something like this http://www.foamexpress1.com/Basement_Pole_Bumper.php
I would think that the foam would take the shape of the hull and provide even more support.
At $11.00 for a 5 foot section, it's not half bad. I'm thinking about doing this for the PVC I'm about to put on my trailer for the PA12.

Total cost to build a cushioned PVC bunk for a P12 would end up running around $60-$65.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:06 pm 
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I rammed some large pool noodles (even cheaper than $11!!) through my 3 inch pipe. Seems to work well. It definitely doesn't slide as easily, but it fits perfectly.


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