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#12606890 - 02/02/18 08:53 AM Trailering with graphs?
Hobbs McAvoy Offline
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Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 392
Loc: Bullard, TX
I just added a couple Helix 10s to my boat. One at the console and one at the bow and neither are flush mounted. Do you guys with larger graphs remove them when trailering? I'm about 20 minutes from my home lake. I'm more worried about road debris hitting the unit. Also, how secure are the rubber covers when trailering? I'll probably add a bungee cord or velcro strap so they won't fly off.

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#12606907 - 02/02/18 08:59 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
2015fordnut Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 1895
Loc: Garland, TX
Unless I'm on the lake the graphs stay in their cases in the truck no matter what size or version. Seen to many thrown rock from other vehicles to take a chance.
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#12606927 - 02/02/18 09:05 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 3728
Loc: texas
I keep mine on but leave the rubber covers on and lay them forward and flat so that they don't get hit but mine are on ram mounts. If yours are gimble mounted you can position them flat but a rock could still hit the bottom. If you travel a road that rock haulers travel on might be better to take them off. Common sense always wins.
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#12606934 - 02/02/18 09:08 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: 2015fordnut]
Pintail711 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/15
Posts: 2588
Loc: Longview, Tx
Originally Posted By: 2015fordnut
Unless I'm on the lake the graphs stay in their cases in the truck no matter what size or version. Seen to many thrown rock from other vehicles to take a chance.


For sure...... I even wrap mine up in towels with the screen protectors on. I paid good money for my equipment therefore I take care of it.

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#12606945 - 02/02/18 09:13 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
44 Diesel Offline
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Registered: 12/25/12
Posts: 5266
Loc: Burleson,TX
You will need to strap the covers on , they will fly off and they are not very cheap to replace

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#12607011 - 02/02/18 09:39 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
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Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 1025
Loc: Denton, TX
I don't go down the road with graphs on.

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#12607016 - 02/02/18 09:40 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
Sinkey Online   content
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Registered: 08/04/06
Posts: 5081
Loc: Frisco, TX. and Lake Fork
I never take mine off, and never cover them. Never have had any issues.

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#12607034 - 02/02/18 09:53 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: 2015fordnut]
Fishinfellow Online   content
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 3326
Loc: North Richland Hills, TX
Originally Posted By: 2015fordnut
Unless I'm on the lake the graphs stay in their cases in the truck no matter what size or version. Seen to many thrown rock from other vehicles to take a chance.


This. Unless they're flush mounted, they're going in the truck/storage compartment.
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#12607045 - 02/02/18 10:01 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
361V Online   content
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 5127
Loc: somervell county
Couple big rubber bands keep your factory cover in place going down the freeway. thumb Or contact Carlos on the TFF & ask him about these Sonar Socks he sells: https://www.riveratackle.com/product-category/sonarsock/
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#12607047 - 02/02/18 10:02 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
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Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 4443
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
I don't have Humminbird, but my Lowrance covers stay on really well. Don't know if they're similar to Humminbird's. I don't have flush mounted graphs and I trailer with my graphs on every single time. But then again, I always have the covers on. If I didn't have covers I'd probably take them off when trailering.


Edited by bigbass94 (02/02/18 10:02 AM)
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#12607052 - 02/02/18 10:05 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
Stickchunker Offline
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Registered: 06/21/08
Posts: 883
Loc: Lake Conroe
I have a Helix 10 at the console and 859 at the bow, both on Ram Mounts, i never take them off, i travel with the covers on, never had an issue.
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#12607080 - 02/02/18 10:17 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: 2015fordnut]
Razorback Offline
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Registered: 08/31/01
Posts: 3687
Loc: Tyler, TX, USA
Originally Posted By: 2015fordnut
Unless I'm on the lake the graphs stay in their cases in the truck no matter what size or version. Seen to many thrown rock from other vehicles to take a chance.


I guess I could do the research myself, but at what temperatures are the graphs safe in the truck? I would guess in the wintertime they are fine to stay there, but what about as the weather gets warmer and the inside of the vehicle gets hotter?

I guess cold is not a concern.

Mine are in my truck right now and I wondered about this when I put them in last night.

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#12607085 - 02/02/18 10:20 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
T Bird Offline
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Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 6152
Loc: Temple, Texas "Rail Town USA"
I remove them when trailering. Only takes me a couple minutes install them.

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#12607103 - 02/02/18 10:26 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Razorback]
2015fordnut Offline
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 1895
Loc: Garland, TX
Originally Posted By: Razorback
Originally Posted By: 2015fordnut
Unless I'm on the lake the graphs stay in their cases in the truck no matter what size or version. Seen to many thrown rock from other vehicles to take a chance.


I guess I could do the research myself, but at what temperatures are the graphs safe in the truck? I would guess in the wintertime they are fine to stay there, but what about as the weather gets warmer and the inside of the vehicle gets hotter?

I guess cold is not a concern.

Mine are in my truck right now and I wondered about this when I put them in last night.


I've never had a problem with mine. They probably are going to be ok just like in the heat of the Texas sun turned on at the lake. I've been on the water when it was 110°F. In the truck I have them in a plastic case with the gun box foam they are in too so I know that insulates them some.
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#12607133 - 02/02/18 10:41 AM Re: Trailering with graphs? [Re: Hobbs McAvoy]
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 5127
Loc: somervell county
I know it sounds kind of redneck but here's my logic: I don't take my automobiles electronics out of my truck when I park it at the ramp in the 100 degree heat w/130 degree temps inside the vehicle. I leave the radio, navigation system......everything. Ought to be fine for your graphs. Oh wait, I'm too lazy. Mine never come off the boat!
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