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  1. I have a big yellow lab and without the carpeting, she would be sliding all over the place. She always goes with us. The carpeting in my 19 H2O is one piece, so its a weird shaped one piece carpet so its big and clumsy to deal with but I wouldnt have it any other way.
  2. My buddy has about a '15 247 LSV, his has been trouble free, hope this doesnt happen to him. Its a sweet boat!!!
  3. I have the exact same issue, where the bunks have a lot of traction and its hard to get the boat to the front roller if its not deep enough, 19 H2O. You really have to crank the winch hard to get the boat up far enough. I dont have her use the throttle to help me, I just use brute force to pull the boat forward. I am going to try the bunk spray lube next year. I do have the guides, I bought them from etrailer, they are the 60" tall lit ones from CE Smith, and they slightly bend every time my wife hits them. She is not nailing them, just rubbing against them from the wind or current pushing the boat as shes trimming up the outdrive while driving forward. Each time we hit the lake, after I unload the boat, I have to bend them back from the PREVIOUS trip where they got slightly bent. I dont think I would recommend them, as I think they bend a little too easy. I'm glad they are on there to help the wife, but I wish they didnt bend so easy. I can imagine on a heavier longer boat they would bend even easier than my 19 footer does. I have about an inch and a half gap between the guide and the boat. Bottom line is, I'm glad they are on there for the wife, but wouldnt recommend the ones I have.
  4. When I was a teenager, I had a 70 442 that did the same thing. Found out that slowly over time, 30 to 45 min ish, the fuel filter sock in the gas tank would slowly collapse and the car would die. When the car would die, the suction that had the sock collapsing would release, and the sock would become un-collapsed and she would start up and run for another 30 to 45 min so the idea from Wingnut of hooking up an alternate fuel source should help you. I dont know if your fuel pickup in the tank has any kind of a strainer on it though, but it may help in determining if any of the fuel lines are collapsing.
  5. I like the tower on mine, for this reason as I havent heard anyone else mention yet. It gives us something to hold on to when walking around the inside of the boat if its a little choppy. And when entering the boat from the rear swim platform.
  6. Congrats on the boat. When I was younger, my dad decided to buy a boat and bought a 26' Sea Ray. First boat. Used solely on the Columbia River here in Portland, Oregon. He had it slipped in a boat garage he also purchased. Being you have a large motorhome, you are prob used to driving large things. He never had any major issues with going large with his first and we had a lot of great memories on her. Good times ahead!
  7. Might have to lightly open the throttle linkage during that 2 min time period to let the choke plate and its associated arm and cams and steps unlock themselves to let the choke slowly open. I say might have to...
  8. Just curious, did you compare prices to see what Ameritex charged vs what a local canvas/bimini top maker would charge, I'm just curious to see the price difference. My buddy has a tournament boat with a really nice bimini that needs replacing, he said the local top maker charges around 400 for a sunbrella replacement top. For his boat. I think I have the Ameritex also, so wondering, for my future needs. Thanks.
  9. I'd make sure there is an inline fuse on that power lead....
  10. Yes, most of my boating is done from 100 to 400 feet of elevation. Hopefully the 23 works, if not, I'll try the 25. Thanks for your help.
  11. Its the 220 horse. So some of the mystery solved. My dealer where I bought it, which I would highly recommend by the way, got right back to me. They said they come geared that way due to the high altitude of New Mexico, so that mystery is solved. They are even offering to send me and trade me any props I want to make it work, they are awesome to work with. Without me even asking. So they are sending me a 14 X 23 3 blade to try and if that works, great, if not, they will send me any prop I need to make it work. I hope my nearest dealer here in Portland is as good to work with if I have warranty issues or such. I even told them about the boat sometimes dying when idling or surging at certain rpm's, and they are even sending me a free gas/water separator filter along with the prop to install, which they are pretty sure will cure the problem. (I have been adding ethanol free fuel also). Again, without me asking for it. Thanks all for your help
  12. Wife, big dog and I, camp chairs, umbrellas, full cooler, beach crap, full tank of gas, gets up to plane quickly but rpms shoot to over 5 grand and rev limiter hits. Lower throttle to 5 grand and speed is about 40 to 42. Dont want it to over rev and stay on the limiter, which is why I want to reprop. Sent email to Chaparral, got a very short response saying "sorry, dont have that information, contact your selling dealer". So I sent my selling dealer an email, we'll see what they say. I bet its geared that way due to high altitude like tomnjo said.
  13. When I got the boat, it had a 3 blade 14 X 23 on it which is what the dealer recommended, but they also admitted that its a total crap shoot and many boat buyers need to change out the original props, so they werent sure on this boat package. Which is why they were more than happy to trade me for the 4 blade 14 X 20, so I was hoping someone else that had a good experience with their 2.00 ratioed alpha 1 had a recommendation. It might just need the 3 blade 14 X 23, but I'm hoping some other owners with my ratio chime in before I go that way.
  14. Hi all. I considered contacting Chaparral or the dealer I bought it from, but I bet someone on here knows already. I just purchased a few months ago a fresh off the showroom zero houred 2014 19 H2O. It came with a 4.3 MPI Merc setup with a 14 x 23 3 bladed prop. I figured this was more of a high speed prop based on what I knew from past boating and from what I have read on the forums so I had the dealer swap me out a 14 X 20 four bladed prop. When I got to around 10 hours, I opened er up and it went right to the rev limiter and looked like top speed was only around 40 to 42 at around 5 grand just for the few seconds I had it there. So I figured I would need a 14 X 22 4 bladed prop or so to get lower revs and some more top end. But then after all I have read, and then I finally looked, my boat has a 2.00 drive ratio on the outdrive, where most other folks have the 1.62 or 1.8. Anyone else out there have the 2.00 ratio outdrive and do we know why its the 2.00 rather than the others? And does anyone else with the 2.00 have a good prop recommendation for all around use? I know you cant have it both ways, but I would like to go a little faster than 42 without revving too high and still have a pretty fair holeshot. Thanks!
  15. As someone mentioned earlier, make sure its made of aluminum construction for the ceiling and wall structures. No wood. Don't rely on the salesmans word, make sure its in writing or on the sales brochure or In print somehow. And will you have the correct tow vehicle? We use a class c motor home which tows the boat and allows us to camp and boat. somehow. And will you have the correct tow vehicle?