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    Posted: 10/09/2018 at 5:06am
I am curious as to how many on here actually use a trailering cover on their pontoon or other boats when going down the highway.  Or, just leave the boat interior open to the elements.
 
As I wrote in another thread, I was told by my dealer that I would receive a mooring cover with my boat purchase.  However, he made it clear that  a mooring cover is not the same thing as a trailering cover.  In fact, he pointed out the boat manufacturer clearly states that if I used the mooring cover going down the highway and it was damaged in any way or damaged the boat in any way that is my problem as it is not covered in the warranty.
 
Therefore I went out and purchased a trailering cover from Carver.  Carver made it very clear that the cover is definitely intended for use while going down the highway and can double as a mooring cover if I wish.  No problem.  I like the double duty aspect.
 
There are two differences that I can see between the two covers...or at least my two covers.  The mooring cover that comes with the boat only come down a little over the side and is snapped into position.  
 
The trailering cover on the other hand comes down past the deck and is secured with strong straps with snap releases.
 
I was not fond of the idea of tooling down the highway....it start to rain....and every 18 wheeler on the road throwing road grime etc. onto my boats interior. 
 
So how many here cover their boat with an actual trailering cover...or...take the chance and use the mooring cover....or just leave the interior open to the elements?
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Hello....hello....hello...…
 
Anybody out there....out there....out there...…????
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if it is a short distance I use my mooring cover on the road.
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Originally posted by Barnmb7117 Barnmb7117 wrote:

if it is a short distance I use my mooring cover on the road.
 
Is that just for ease of on and off?  On long rides, you do the trailering cover?
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My pontoon is in the water all season under a mooring cover but if i take it in for service or go to another Lake not far i just leave the mooring cover on.
For the winter I made a  A frame and put a heavy duty tarp on and never had a problem. Here is were i bought the fittings for my frame. https://formufit.com/ and i bought the tarp on ebay. It is not a cheap plastic tarp is is a waterproof material 15'X20' was about 150.00
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Originally posted by Barnmb7117 Barnmb7117 wrote:

My pontoon is in the water all season under a mooring cover but if i take it in for service or go to another Lake not far i just leave the mooring cover on.
For the winter I made a  A frame and put a heavy duty tarp on and never had a problem. Here is were i bought the fittings for my frame. https://formufit.com/ and i bought the tarp on ebay. It is not a cheap plastic tarp is is a waterproof material 15'X20' was about 150.00
 
All my drives are "long" in nature.  I live in Raeford and Badin, High Rock and even Sheron Harris are all over and hour and a half away.  Towing the boat they will be even longer because pulling a 16 ft jon boat versus a 22 ft pontoon boat are a tad different....at least for me.
 
I too have made a "spine" as I call it from 1 1/2 inch PVC that runs down the middle of the boat and the trailering cover will drape over that versus the four point rod supports.  Im hoping it will actually make it live up to the 7 year warranty.  Once Ive completed all the construction I plan to post a few pics.
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I bought a trailering cover from PS back in 2009, which was the Attwoods best cover. I had the cover for about 3 years, and the cover tore just above the sewn seam where the strap attaches. I also had a couple small holes from wind friction of rubbing on the boat going down the road. The cover was great, and still is 9 years later. I sent in pictures of the tear and holes to PS after 3 years of use, and ordered another trailering cover, which was suppose to be attwoods best. I didn't have to pay full price since it was under warranty for, I believe 7 years. What I received was a cover that was half the quality of the one I had. I contacted PS about the cover stating there must have been a mistake. They told me the one they sent is the new cover to replaces the one I had. I told them that I would be afraid to place it on the boat and drive down the road. I was told if I was not happy with it to send it back, but I decided to keep it as a mooring cover. The first cover had made many 4 to 5 hour trips one way to the lakes and then back. In fact it still is, because I never dared put the replacement cover on for trailering. The only thing I have used the replacement cover for is covering my old car in the garage. End of story!
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