I ran the Trailer style on my old boat for years, no issue. Recently purchased a demo, came with Motormate and the Dealers recommendation of the same. Did some research and there are good arguments both ways; most common -
- Trailer style actually supports the assembly, relieving the transom of doing so over rough roads.
- Trailer style transfers rough road issues that the trailer experiences and transfers them right to the motor assembly, Motormate style does not.
Both good points! Finally opened the Owners manual ( LOL ), Ranger recommends the Trailer style! So I bought one and have been using it.
All that being said, and I also just called the Great people at Motor Mate to purchase some new inserts for mine. They will ship them at no charge, Great Service! When I recieve the new inserts, I will likely use it for a while! It's just easier! I think WRB has Great input -
Has anyone ran a Motor Mate style for many years with no issues ?? How many years ?
"The Transom savers that support the engine with a bar extending from the trailer roller to the cavitation plate can create severe vibrations that loosen lower unit parts. The newer designs balance the engine so it doesn't rock back and forth flexing the boats transom.
If you haven't had a problem in 20 years what you have is working for you.
I've run the MM style MotoStop, 225 hp 3.0 L V6 out on the end of a 10" Bob's hydro jack for 11 years and that Ranger didn't have a single stress crack at the transom. Ran both styles on 2 other Rangers dating back 19 years, not one issue either way.
One is small, easy to store, the other is long, hard to store.
The old school long trailer style uses bungee cords to keep the vee on the lower unit, they snap, eventually the pads wear paint off your lower unit, but by then you're usually repainting it because your skeg paint is gone. These also will sometimes break because of stress at junction of the square alum tubing and the cast vee head. You'll need steering ram clips to keep the motor straight too.
Smart money: use the small MotoStop or Motor Mate if you can, especially if you have a Ranger or other modern strong hull design. For the OP or anyone with an older boat, including those with wood transoms (most boats over 20 yrs old) I'd definitely use the long trailer type support with the steering ram clips if you have hydraulic steering.
I just got a Motor Mate for my Triton in bright powder coated red, so I don't forget it before launching, Lol! Never done that, but it sure is a nice quality support for a good TW sale price. Works great.