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Old     (jaybee)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-17-2010, 3:26 PM Reply   
I will be towing from Fla. to Va this week. This will be my first long distance trip with boat and am just curious if there is anything I need to know besides the standard rear tie downs/spare tire/brake fluid things.
Old     (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       05-17-2010, 3:36 PM Reply   
get bearings packed and tighten everything up
Old     (bcrider)      Join Date: Apr 2006       05-17-2010, 3:50 PM Reply   
I just make sure you have some additional tools like a socket set. Maybe a better jack then what comes with your truck if you do need to replace a tire. Otherwise just make sure your trailer is in good order.
Old     (99_slaunch)      Join Date: Oct 2005       05-17-2010, 4:16 PM Reply   
^^ What they said. Make sure you have the right lug wrench, jack,check air in the spare,make sure the spare fits your trailer and check brake fluid.
Old     (nubb)      Join Date: May 2006       05-17-2010, 4:32 PM Reply   
If you dont already have one, get a cushioned ball mount. It will make your ride alot more enjoyable.
Old     (johnny_gatsby)      Join Date: Sep 2009       05-17-2010, 4:37 PM Reply   
Somebody told me that with the tandem axles/tires, if you got a flat, you could continue to drive until you got to a service station or something without doing damage...any truth to this?
Old     (sdub)      Join Date: Jan 2003       05-17-2010, 4:40 PM Reply   
make sure you ck your trailer tire pressure. measure cold and adjust to max. pressure rating. Most trailer blowouts are due to under inflated tires.
Old     (jacobs0222i)      Join Date: Sep 2008       05-17-2010, 5:08 PM Reply   
Originally Posted by johnny_gatsby View Post
Somebody told me that with the tandem axles/tires, if you got a flat, you could continue to drive until you got to a service station or something without doing damage...any truth to this?
Somewhatů. You would want to ratchet strap it up and take it slow.
Old     (pierce_bronkite)      Join Date: Jul 2003       05-17-2010, 5:22 PM Reply   
Put a light film of WD-40 on the front section of your tower. This will make wiping bugs off really easy. I also saran wrap the tower speakers and board holders for the same reason.
Old     (phatboypimp)      Join Date: Apr 2005       05-17-2010, 6:20 PM Reply   
Old     (motorcitymatt)      Join Date: Feb 2007       05-17-2010, 6:28 PM Reply   
Can of fix-a-flat, tire plug kit, small air compressor. Mud flaps on your rig will keep the rocks down. I have a set of removeable mud flaps from "Rock Tammers" LOVE them they attach to the receiver, so their only on the truck when you're in tow mode. They'll easily pay for themselves on a long trip like yours.

Enjoy your trip!

Make sure the wife/girlfriend has plenty of chapstick!!! Ha Ha Ha!!! Nothing like a little 'Road Ed'
Old     (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       05-17-2010, 7:01 PM Reply   
make sure you check the wheel bearings each time you stop at a rest stop or gas station.other than a flat tire bearings are the second biggest problem.all you need to adjust them are a screwdriver diagonal side cutters and multi groove pliers.
Old     (frosty2469)      Join Date: Apr 2010       05-18-2010, 1:04 AM Reply   
2nd the ratchet for the tandem trailer... the blown tire axle is forced down by the weight... think teeter-totter...
grease gun for your bearings... check them @ each fill up. easy to do if you have the bearing buddy on the trailer... I have a bad bearing, was flinging grease.
Old     (stxr_racer)      Join Date: Jun 2006       05-18-2010, 6:04 AM Reply   
Make sure the ipod is fully charged lol!
Old     (robert)      Join Date: Oct 2004       05-18-2010, 6:59 AM Reply   
When I went from Va. to Lake Powell I used painters tape on the tower and anywhere cover might rub. Takes a minute to pull off and no bugs . Reapply on the return trip.
Old     (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       05-18-2010, 8:07 AM Reply   
I have an entire new hub assembly I keep as a spare. If something does go wrong, it's very simple to just swap out, instead of messing with replacings bearings/race's, ect.
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       05-18-2010, 9:12 AM Reply   
A chain or thick tie down strap. Let's you hang an axle if you blow a tire on a tandem. You'll need a jack or the semi-circle jack tool to hang one.
Old     (lakeski)      Join Date: Dec 2006       05-18-2010, 4:47 PM Reply   
Check your valve stems for dry rot. If they fail, you'll have a blowout.
Old     (alanp)      Join Date: Apr 2001       05-18-2010, 5:00 PM Reply   
where you going to in va??? i ride at lake anna let me know if youre around.

anyway ive towed 2 boats all the way across the country so you dont have that bad of a trip!!

anyway. proper lug wrench. grease your current bearings or just change them out. extra set of wheel bearings in case you blow a set. ropes for your cover, even if it is trailerable use some extra ropes across the boat to reduce the wind flap and prevent any tearing. ive had good sucess doing this. whenever i tow my boat i take a floor jack so i dont have to use the crappy car jack. this will jack your boat up super fast.
Old     (jaybee)      Join Date: Aug 2007       05-29-2010, 7:20 AM Reply   
Thank you so much for all he tips guys. Sure enough on the way back i was a mile out from Fl. and I look over and the passenger in the car next to me is yelling at me. My first thought was great I lost a seat (as I have had the happen b4, but was due to me forgetting to close the playpen gate), but I rolled my window down and heard her yell your trailer tire is going flat and sure enough it was. I will tell you this, having a floor jack is one of the best investments I have ever made($60 used), as it made changing the tire a snap. I have never changed a tire so fast in my life.

Alan - sorry I did not get back to you. I was at my in laws in King William and they have no internet and cell service is iffy at best. How close to King William are you. I ride the Pamunkey river as my in laws live on the pamunkey resrvation and its all glass all day. No matter which way the wind is blowing you can always find good water, but I think that goes for any river with enough twists and bends.
Old     (consigliereg8r)      Join Date: Aug 2009       05-29-2010, 8:02 AM Reply   
I have had three boat trailers and they all had tandem axles. I had leaf springs on one boat and it depended on which tire went flat as to whether you keep on with three tires. I had two flats on that POS. My recent trailers had a different suspension--no flats- but from working on the wheels - i am sure they could go on only three tires.
To summarize what everone else has said

#1. Check the bearings
#2. Check the bearings
#3 get a seperate jack and lug wrench for the boat
#4. Be sure you have a spare.
#5 Check the tires for problems and proper air pressure
#6 Check the bearings.


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