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    I have a self generated perception that I'll damage my drive, U-joints, and bellows if I run the engine with drive in the full up trailer position. About once a summer, I start the engine right after splashing the boat off the trailer, and it's never been damaged.

    Am I psyching myself out for no reason?
    2005 Rinker Captiva 232
    Merc MAG 350 MPI
    Bravo III Drive 26P Merc SS Prop
    2016 Venture VATB-5225 Aluminum Trailer

    2005 GMC Yukon Denali Tow Vehicle
    2010 Chevy Camaro RS/SS Daily Driver

  • #2
    You must be influencing a lot of people. Many feel the same way. Only n unscrupulous shop would recommend running the motor in trailer mode. U-joint jobs are money in the bank.
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    • #3
      I don’t think it will hurt the bellows, but it is certainly not good for the U-joints.
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      • #4
        I usually forget to trim down the outdrives once or twice a season . . . while not the best thing in the world, it is certainly not a death sentence to the u-joints or related parts. Just not something that you want to make a habit of . . .
        Best regards, Ted . . . . Cape Cod, MA

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        • #5
          Am I psyching myself out for no reason?
          Nope,..... it ain't good to start the motor, with the drive full up,....

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          • #6
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            Thanks guys. I’ve been a forum member for 10 years & just now thought to ask.
            2005 Rinker Captiva 232
            Merc MAG 350 MPI
            Bravo III Drive 26P Merc SS Prop
            2016 Venture VATB-5225 Aluminum Trailer

            2005 GMC Yukon Denali Tow Vehicle
            2010 Chevy Camaro RS/SS Daily Driver

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