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Old 01-15-2013, 05:04 PM
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Lots of great advice I won't repeat. One I didn't see:

Whenever you stop, touch the hubs on the wheels. If it's really hot, you have a problem.

Other than what others have said, gas up & p before you go.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:10 PM
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Lots of great advice I won't repeat. One I didn't see:

Whenever you stop, touch the hubs on the wheels. If it's really hot, you have a problem.

Other than what others have said, gas up & p before you go.
Good point on hub temps. Any time I tow the boat and stop, I make sure to walk around the back end of the boat and check tires, hubs, trailer connector, wiring connection and safety chains.
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:27 PM
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Not quite ready to sell it yet...I got a new spare, have another spare, 2 year old tires, tie downs, jack and a lug wrench. The weather forecast is good. Just getting 12 foot bunks and another crossmember, not a fun boat trip. Temp here is in the 20's at night, so I think this is a good time to finish this project.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:54 PM
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Watch out for semi tire caps that have peeled off the tire. I was in the wrong lane at the wrong time. Kicked it up. Hit the fender, lucky it glanced off and there were only black marks that I was able to rub off.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:58 PM
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Watch out for semi tire caps that have peeled off the tire. I was in the wrong lane at the wrong time. Kicked it up. Hit the fender, lucky it glanced off and there were only black marks that I was able to rub off.
There are alligators everywhere.......not just down south.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:53 PM
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We tow my buddies boat from NY to FL & back every spring. We do all the stuff that was mentioned earlier but instead of spare bearings and races he carries a spare hub assembly.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:50 AM
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My experience has been that an automotive scissor or bottle jack is often not hefty enough for a boat or travel trailer. With a vehicle you're typically just lifting one corner. With a trailer you're lifting the whole side of the unit, ie. much more weight.

I carry one of these in my Yukon since I often tow a 28' travel trailer as well.
http://www.basspro.com/Quick-Change-.../product/9071/
You just wedge it under the axle, pull forward a bit, and the jack rotates under the axle and lifts it up. I place a chunk of old carpet between the jack and the axle so it doesn't scratch the axle.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:16 AM
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I've seen those, but was never sure they actually worked. Have you had to use yours?
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:29 AM
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I've never needed it on the road but I've tried it out at home to make sure it worked. On soft ground I would image that it might need something under it like a chunk of 2 x 4 or plywood since it has a small footprint.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:43 AM
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My experience has been that an automotive scissor or bottle jack is often not hefty enough for a boat or travel trailer. With a vehicle you're typically just lifting one corner. With a trailer you're lifting the whole side of the unit, ie. much more weight.

I carry one of these in my Yukon since I often tow a 28' travel trailer as well.
http://www.basspro.com/Quick-Change-.../product/9071/
You just wedge it under the axle, pull forward a bit, and the jack rotates under the axle and lifts it up. I place a chunk of old carpet between the jack and the axle so it doesn't scratch the axle.
I guess things weigh differently in Canada (sun angle, gravitational force, maple syrup ratio, or some such thing), but my Craftsman $19.99 2 ton bottle jack somehow manages to lift my boat and trailer, which have a combined weight of 2700 lbs -- it's a mystery to me, eh.

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