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Old 03-01-2012, 08:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I needed more info so figured the subject was worthy of a new thread.

1) Is the ram mount meant to be used all the time when the motor is not deployed?

2) What is with the hose clamp? does a part stay perminently attached to your trolling motor shaft?

3) Is there a particular brand to get, or are the Ram's the only way to go?


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Old 03-01-2012, 09:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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there are many ways to tie down your trolling motor, from a bungee cord to a chunk of rope to velcro straps. my front rail and a bungee cord works very well
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I needed more info so figured the subject was worthy of a new thread.

1) Is the ram mount meant to be used all the time when the motor is not deployed?

2) What is with the hose clamp? does a part stay perminently attached to your trolling motor shaft?

3) Is there a particular brand to get, or are the Ram's the only way to go?


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1. Yes..If positioned correctly. I suppose it could be offset if you didn't want it that way.

2. Yes. It's a two part system.

3. Ram is the standard upon which all mounts are based... Really. They make some great mounts for just about anything.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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1. I do. I use the Ram Mount to hold it securely rather than the collar on the shaft because it's easier to turn the knob and it's quicker. Plus running spot to spot it keeps the head from slamming around.

2. Yes. The hose clamp with the ball stays attached to the shaft always.

3. I didn't know there were other brands beside the Ram company for these, but I haven't searched for them at all.
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I needed more info so figured the subject was worthy of a new thread.

1) Is the ram mount meant to be used all the time when the motor is not deployed?

2) What is with the hose clamp? does a part stay perminently attached to your trolling motor shaft?

3) Is there a particular brand to get, or are the Ram's the only way to go?


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1. I do. When on the water I only tighten it one turn to keep the head from bouncing out of the RAM, when on the road I crank it down tight.
2. Hose clanmp holds the ball to the shaft of the t-motor, see pic.
3. Any RAM trolling motor mount. I think it is 1.25 inches.

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Good subject, my minnkota is a bit longer than normal and need to do something like this. Thanks for asking and posting J.

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Old 03-01-2012, 10:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone... will be purchasing shortly,.. seems like a no brainer
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I've seen guys use these and understand why it's supposedly needed, but wonder if anyone really ever ruined their trolling motor because they didn't use one? I'd like to hear of any bad experiences anyone has had when not using it.

I don't use one........my trolling motor has a 60" shaft and I spend a significant chunk of my fishing time on bigger, windier lakes in WY that are often extremely rough compared to what we ever see in CO and after 5 seasons of use, I've not had a single problem.

edit: whoops, now I've seen the other thread....never thought about the unintentional deployment, but unless there is a good chance something more serious than that will happen, I think I'm good just being careful about locking it in place..... SO has anyone had the circuit board damaged from the bounce??
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I've seen guys use these and understand why it's supposedly needed, but wonder if anyone really ever ruined their trolling motor because they didn't use one? I'd like to hear of any bad experiences anyone has had when not using it.

I don't use one........my trolling motor has a 60" shaft and I spend a significant chunk of my fishing time on bigger, windier lakes in WY that are often extremely rough compared to what we ever see in CO and after 5 seasons of use, I've not had a single problem.

edit: whoops, now I've seen the other thread....never thought about the unintentional deployment, but unless there is a good chance something more serious than that will happen, I think I'm good just being careful about locking it in place..... SO has anyone had the circuit board damaged from the bounce??
See above for horror stories
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I don't like this idea. You have to drill holes in your rig, then you have a mount stuck on the bow's gunnel all the time. I don't know about all this.

I agree with GrnMtn Eye Chaser on this one. I would just use the collar (as instructed by Minnkota) to prevent unplanned deployment. I have never had a problem thus far, doing just that.
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