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sandbag 06-09-2003 2:06 PM

Last week in June I will be towing <BR>my boat from Tampa FL to Knoxville TN <BR>for a week of houseboating on Norris lake. <BR> <BR>Any tips on what to do and bring <BR>in preparation for such a long tow? <BR>I have a new truck and a brand new tandum axle. <BR> <BR>Also, any recommendations while towing <BR>with the houseboat?? <BR>I'm not sure how much we'll be moving around... <BR>but I'll be the most mechanically inclined <BR>on the trip and ultimately responsible for <BR>all three boats!

sn0w 06-09-2003 2:21 PM

I would make sure the truck has clean oil, check the grease points (ex: ball joints), and also the fluid in the tranny and differentials. <BR> <BR>For the boat, make sure the trailer's bearings have enough grease and that all tires are inflated properly. Always prepare for the worst and bring extras. <BR> <BR>THats just the basics that I usually do when we are heading out on any journey. Hope that helps.

siuski 06-09-2003 3:23 PM

Randy had very good advice. Bring a nice compliment of tools. You just never know, and you don't want a easy fix ruining your trip. I wouldn't worry about the houseboat, the marina you rent from will (should) be more than happy to assist you even out on the water. If you are towing your boat with the house boat, make sure you have someone to watch your ski boat will under tow. Especially when stopping/slowing, turning etc. Also, don't try to tie the house boat up (beaching, etc) with your boat still in tow. Have someone drive it, or it will be a pain. I don't know how big that lake is, but make sure where ever you stay on the water you stay close enough to a marina to get gas, ice, and other esentials. Have fun.

timmy 06-09-2003 4:48 PM

norris is awesome. well worth the drive for a week long trip.

martyc 06-10-2003 7:52 AM

Sandy- <BR> Bring a spring suit. Our lakes here in Tennssee are still a little chilly.

midwestrider 06-10-2003 12:54 PM

You don't need a spring suit. I was in Dale Hollow last weekend and water temps are right around 71-72 degrees. Yes, it is a little cool, but definitely trunkin temps. Try the low 60s like it is here in Indiana, then you need a spring suit. <BR> <BR>JB

sdub 06-10-2003 1:35 PM

A strong sring loaded hook for towing your boat behing the HB, it makes it easier for connection. At least a 50' tow rope. If towing multiple boats behing HB, piggy back style is most efficient, just more dangerous when slowing the houseboat.

timmy 06-10-2003 1:57 PM

josh, even after 5 months here in FL I trunked it in early may on lake shafer when i was back home visiting.

dwe 06-10-2003 3:35 PM

Sandy, <BR> <BR>As the others have said, for the tow to the lake have a spare tire for the trailer, the right tools and make sure the tires are properly inflated. Bring a strong line to tow your boat behind the houseboat, 50' would be the min. I like a longer line. The longer the line the more room you have to manuver the boats, but you do want to drop whatever you are towing when beaching or docking the houseboat. Also, if the boat your towing has an open bow, put the bow cover on it. A couple of good wakes can dump alot of water over the bow when towing. You can't over prepair for one of these trips. You may bring things you don't use but if you need them it can make or break your trip. Bring a jump starter along, always good to have with you. Most of all have fun, houseboats are great. <BR> <BR>David

paublo 06-10-2003 5:56 PM

One other small thing that my dealer suggested was to remove the Perfect Pass paddlewheel or I put a peice of duct tape over it. It will spin while driving, and over a couple of days at those higher speeds could wear out the axle or pin.

ripr 06-11-2003 10:39 AM

I was just gonna put up a topic like this, since I'll probably be towing the MC to Cumberland from around Chicago for a Labor Day houseboat trip...but not with a new truck, try 102k<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/uhoh.gif" border=0>....Hopefully she'll hold up well, anything in particular to look for/inspect besides what's stated above? <BR> <BR>For the record: I've been trunkin' it in N.Indiana since the first week of May.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/wink.gif" border=0>

midwestrider 06-11-2003 1:16 PM

Apparently I am some kind of pu$$y ( <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/biggrin.gif" border=0> ) because I think the water in Indiana is colder than hell! However, the water temps haven't changed much since early May, so that qualification doesn't count. Anyhow Sandy, have a good time, the lakes of Tennessee are awesome...butter all day long. NAW, you should be alright, the roads are pretty flat until you get off 65 in Kentucky. I just towed a boat to Dale Hollow (just south of Cumberland) last weekend with my Jeep Grand Cherokee and it barely had to work. You should be just fine with your rig. Peace. <BR> <BR>Jb <BR> <BR>(Message edited by midwestrider on June 11, 2003) <BR> <BR>(Message edited by midwestrider on June 11, 2003)

supraman 06-11-2003 2:18 PM

Sandy, <BR> <BR>It seems we have a lot in common. Like you, I work in the Public Relations/Marketing field. Also, like you, I recently had an extremely gloomy outlook from a chiropractor regarding my wakeboarding future as a result of back issues. (I've got an MRI scheduled for tomorrow morning through my regular doc to get to the bottom of this.) Anyway, I live in Knoxville and ride with a couple of WW regulars here and some non-WW folks too. If you want to/can hook up, that would be awesome (865.300.7633). If not, that's cool too. Hope you have a great time here in the Volunteer State!

tommyadrian5 06-11-2003 2:58 PM

You all are tropical, try the chesapeake bay late april, 45 degree water, 50 air, Full wetsuit, hat, gloves. Still only 57 degrees water temp now in june, its been a COOOOLLLDDD spring. Sometimes a good run makes up for it though. <BR> <BR>(Message edited by tommyadrian5 on June 11, 2003)

faceplant409 06-15-2003 9:50 PM

I heard a nasty story from my insurance co about a guy that towed a brand new X star behind a houseboat a couple of years ago. He got out into open water and about a half hour later the houseboat quit pulling. He went to open the engine hatch and found his X star had become a sub marine!!! The houseboat was a jet and the rope was too short....Cost the ins co a bundle!!

ofwc 06-16-2003 3:25 PM

I think it will be very important to bring along a committed group of fellow Florida wakeboarders/wakesurfers in order to guarantee success in what is sure to be a challenging and hostile environment! <BR> <BR>Thanks for asking, I'll pack my things...<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/biggrin.gif" border=0>

sandbag 06-17-2003 7:13 AM

Ahhhh.... the darn trip just fell through. <BR>The cheesedog who started the whole idea <BR>forgot to tell his wife he invited us and <BR>another couple! <BR> <BR>The wife, in the meantime, <BR>invited a bunch of cousins and whatnot. <BR>We and the other couple gracefully bowed-out <BR>to save this goofball's butt. <BR>Then he says..."Don't let her find out I did this" <BR> <BR>HA! You're toast dude! No way can my wife keep <BR>hush! HAHAHAHAHAAHHA!!! <BR> <BR>So, I still have the time off and will be <BR>heading to the same area for a week <BR>of riding and boating. Maybe we'll get lucky <BR>and can find a houseboat on short notice.

leggester 06-17-2003 8:12 AM

Ouch! That stinks. He's gonna owe you big time for quite awhile! ;)

siuski 06-17-2003 9:58 AM

Do you guys mind sleeping in a tent? Most houseboat rentals have a large upper deck you could put a tent. More the marrier IMO.

timmy 06-17-2003 10:00 AM

upper deck + tent = no sleeping in (HOT) <BR> <BR>

siuski 06-17-2003 11:32 AM

I've done it several times, it actually isn't that bad. Even in the middle of the day and you have a decent tent it's OK to take a nap. It helps if there is a breeze. But most of the time by the time you want to sleep your either to plastered to care or it's late so there is time for it to cool down. <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/lame.gif" border=0>It's even better if your boat has a canopy.


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