Re: [OMC-Boats] Trailering

From: Lee Shuster <lks@...>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 18:31:55 -0600

You want to avoid just "HOLDING" or "LEANING" on the spring-loaded,
momentary switch until you JAM the drive HARD up against the bump stop
(if you have a bump stop).
Remember how the former user installed a plastic RED stop?

(It's called a "momentary" switch for a good reason.) On UP-tilts, I
simply count ONE-THOUSAND ONE and I'm about as far up as I need/want
to be.
Also on my Sportsman, the engine hatch won't open fully when the drive
is tilted up all the way.

Why? Extra stress on the TILT motor and clutch-pack, extra heavy
(momentary) current draw on relays and motor when you keep leaning on
that switch and it's reached the end of the quadrant gear.
Sorta like this -- have you ever noticed how your down light dims,
when you keep trying to hold down the power window button, after it;s
reached the end of it's travel?

Knock on wood -- Mine's been working fine since 1971. One (original)
tilt relay replaced three years ago.


On Sep 1, 2009, at 5:54 PM, jd wrote:

> i missed something......not good to tow with motor all the way
> up? why 75%?
> On Sep 1, 2009, at 5:11 AM, Lee Shuster wrote:
>> Due to the unqiue design of the hammer-blow, worm-gear-driven
>> clutch-pack power tilt (whew, that's mouthful),
>> I have trailered my OMC with the leg raised at least 15-inches off
>> the ground. I don't raise it all the way put probably 75%.
>> Remember there is no stress on the transom due to the ingenuoius
>> design. Thus no need for a transom saver.
>> Also, when operating the power tilt - Don't let it slam down hard.
>> Pulse it in tiny steps. The steps need to be longer on the up
>> stroke cause you lifting against gravity.
>> Patience is a virtue, don't get overaly eager -- but have a safe
>> and fun time
>> Lee
>> On Sep 1, 2009, at 5:02 AM, Justin DeSantis wrote:
>>> Assuming I manage to fix my cooling issue, I may get the chance to
>>> tow
>>> my boat to the river today. This makes me wonder about trailering.
>>> With my outboards, I'd lower the engine into a transom saver before
>>> hauling. But they didn't have power trim or the tilt motor my
>>> Johnson
>>> has. The manual says to trailer with the motor down. Maybe in
>>> Nebraska. But here in Western PA, we have rough roads and lots of
>>> hills. I see no way to trailer with the drive down and not hit the
>>> skeg on the road surface. I'm not even sure I could get it out of my
>>> driveway with the motor in the down position. So it ok to trailer
>>> with
>>> the motor partially up? Or should I lift it and set it in a transom
>>> saver like I did with my outboards? I know it seems like a silly
>>> question, but since this boat doesn't have a traditional trim, and
>>> it
>>> doesn't use a traditional transom mounted outdrive, it seems like a
>>> lot of the rules of bot hauling I'm used to don't apply. Thanks for
>>> the advice. If I manage to get on the water today, it will be thanks
>>> to you guys.
>>> I can't wait to take my Johnson out and play with it....
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