Either way my plan is to add patches to the worn areas, but I would like to know how to avoid this in the future. Thanks.[/QUOTE]
Just wondering were your boats loaded with gear or empty. When I travel with inflated boats, I like to fully rig the bottom boat and just frame on top boat. I have never had a problem even on 1500 mile trips (knock on wood).
I do check my straps for high mtn. passes, cold mornings, hot afternoons. I get a little anxious, so check boats and trailer bearing at every stop.
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