Elite Refuge Member
- Aug 9, 2002
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- Central, Minnesota
You don't really need one. But if you want one, a Tote Rite(ram mount) type would be my choice...just to take weight and vibration off the trim rods and piston.I was wondering if anyone could give me a bit of advise if the tote rite would help for trailering. I have a 2017 lowe roughneck 1860 and a 60hp fourstroke mercury on the back. I have always used the tilt trim lever, but someone advised me that i needed some sort of other support. I have struggled to find something besides the traditional transom saver, anyone have experience with the tote rite support or another brand and do i need one with a 60 hp motor or will i be fine without it.
If you want to cause undue stress and vibration to your transom...use the old style that connects to the trailer. If you're taking any worthwhile weight off the transom with a rod connected to the trailer, you'll just end up breaking rods and causing stress to your transom. When trailering, your boat and trailer are not always moving and flexing in unison. Connecting the 2 via the transom is just a bad idea. With the ram mount type bracket, the motor moves with the boat, not with the trailer.
Consider the stress your transom takes when the boat is under power. It's way more drastic than when trailering.
Also, think of the countless thousands of surface drive users. All we have are steering locks. I don't know of anyone that has had transom issues due to a lack of a "transom saver". Our motors are 300-350lbs.
The old style transom savers are mostly useless. People used them...when that's all that was available. I'd personally never use one again, after using them one several boats, and now using the ram mount type. There's just no comparison...a ram mount type is money better spent. Period.