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#11463871 - 03/08/16 02:09 PM Step for Winch Mast issue
Texascajun69 Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Midlothian, Texas, USA
Just a word of advice to all who are looking at putting the extra Winch Mast Step on their boat. I absolutely love the extra step. I had knee surgery a few months ago and getting in an out of the boat is not as easy as before. I bought mine thru BPS in Grapevine and put it on my 2014 Nitro Z9. I put it on 3 weeks ago and made one trip to Conroe and back. This weekend when I was launching at Jackson Hill the whole winch mast broke off and went with the boat. Luckily it hung on the trailer and I was able to retrieve it. It appears the additional weight of the step and hand rail put too much sideways torque on the factory installed 5/16"U-bolts. Both were broke on the opposite side of than the step and rail. I replaced the broken bolts with 1/2" Trailer Spring Grade U-bolts. JUST A WORD TO THE WISE, if you are going to install this step (and I would recommend it) make sure the U-bolts for the mast are heavy enough for the additional weight.

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#11463903 - 03/08/16 02:21 PM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
DedShort Offline
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Registered: 04/18/06
Posts: 1889
Loc: Decatur, TX
Good advice. Were you on the step when it broke?
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#11463912 - 03/08/16 02:25 PM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
Texascajun69 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Midlothian, Texas, USA
Nope. Stopped the truck to bump the boat and hurt a crash. I started to pull up when I realized the boat had gone much further than the amount of strap I had let off the winch. Got out and say it laying on the cross beam for the trailer. Waded out and got it. Disconnected from boat and put in back of truck. Problems came when I drove back to Midlothian. Had to tie down the front of the boat with strapping to stop it from bouncing.
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#11464051 - 03/08/16 03:19 PM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
Texascajun69 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Midlothian, Texas, USA
In the picture I put the bolts in on the opposite side form where they broke.
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#11464437 - 03/08/16 06:12 PM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 3019
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Yep. I had a guy at work make me one. And then he said he "perfected it", and gave me another one. It's sitting on my garage floor. Lol. They are nice to have.
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#11465177 - 03/09/16 03:55 AM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
papamark Offline
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Registered: 04/28/05
Posts: 10466
Loc: Winnsboro
I got the easy step, best investment I ever made for my trailer

http://easystepsystem.com/

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#11465209 - 03/09/16 05:52 AM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
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Registered: 10/30/04
Posts: 36049
Loc: Broaddus TX
or perhaps weld the step on instead of bolting.
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#11465238 - 03/09/16 06:36 AM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
Tommie Online   content
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 899
Loc: Longview, Tx
+1 on the Easy Step System. Great product and built in Tyler Texas USA!
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#11468227 - 03/10/16 10:07 AM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
justin84 Offline
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Registered: 03/09/16
Posts: 27
Loc: Montgomery, TX (lake conroe)
What step is that??? im wanting one just like that
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#11468259 - 03/10/16 10:21 AM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
Fish hunter 59 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/11
Posts: 1136
Loc: Del Rio TX Transplant, TN at ...
I designed one and had it customs made ( welded ) at ARC Rite in Del Rio. It's strong and secure. Paid $250 which they decided was a little to cheap after building mine, probably be $350 now but there is nothin on the market that compares. I have two fake knees so it is an awesome addition. I don't have any pics on right now but if anyone is interested I can get them some. A good welder and fabricator is the way to go, and safe.
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#11468282 - 03/10/16 10:31 AM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: papamark]
beermill Offline
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Registered: 05/24/07
Posts: 1545
Loc: Driving home with your money
Originally Posted By: papamark
I got the easy step, best investment I ever made for my trailer

http://easystepsystem.com/


How much?
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#11468355 - 03/10/16 10:58 AM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Fish hunter 59]
RayBob Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 11/18/02
Posts: 33067
Loc: Pineywoods
Originally Posted By: Fish hunter 59
I designed one and had it customs made ( welded ) at ARC Rite in Del Rio. It's strong and secure. Paid $250 which they decided was a little to cheap after building mine, probably be $350 now but there is nothin on the market that compares. I have two fake knees so it is an awesome addition. I don't have any pics on right now but if anyone is interested I can get them some. A good welder and fabricator is the way to go, and safe.


wopics
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#11468615 - 03/10/16 12:36 PM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
Fish hunter 59 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/21/11
Posts: 1136
Loc: Del Rio TX Transplant, TN at ...
RayBob I'll get some posted!

beermill the easy step system is like $469, depends on the application. A couple of guys in my club had them when I got mine made, the wish they had waited, not really a bad product just a little light weight.


Edited by Fish hunter 59 (03/10/16 12:41 PM)
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#11468675 - 03/10/16 12:53 PM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
2strike Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/06/08
Posts: 164
Loc: Sanger,TX
I would love to see pictures of your system Fish Hunter 59 or text to 9035211330
Thanks

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#11468865 - 03/10/16 01:57 PM Re: Step for Winch Mast issue [Re: Texascajun69]
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 3019
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Anyone wanna trade for the extra one i have?
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