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Eckie
04-27-2017, 09:27 AM
If all details work out today, will be pulling the trigger on a new-to-me MC.

It's roughly 8-9 hours away.

I have a list of necessities, but throwing this out there for things I need to take with me for the trip. Obvious ones listed below....

- Jack
- Jack stands
- Tools
- lug wrench

Thanks, in advance!

mzimme
04-27-2017, 09:29 AM
Offer to pay for 4 brand new tires on the boat and see if the current owner will take it in to have them put on.

MC25
04-27-2017, 09:30 AM
Offer to pay for 4 brand new tires on the boat and see if the current owner will take it in to have them put on.

This!!!

Also check the oil in the hubs

DestinX-35
04-27-2017, 09:37 AM
transom straps

pmkkdx
04-27-2017, 09:37 AM
take several drop hitches of varying size to insure the trailer is level while towing. I just ran into this towing a new trailer BBQ pit I picked up a few weeks ago, wish I had a 4" instead of the 6" and 8" I had in my truck.

check the lug nuts before getting on the road.

as Aric stated, check oil in hubs ... and I would take a grease gun along if their not oil bath.

Rocketboy
04-27-2017, 09:40 AM
If all details work out today, will be pulling the trigger on a new-to-me MC.

It's roughly 8-9 hours away.

I have a list of necessities, but throwing this out there for things I need to take with me for the trip. Obvious ones listed below....

- Jack
- Jack stands
- Tools
- lug wrench

Thanks, in advance!

What?? No text with an update that you found something???


LOTS of tools- you just don't know what you will need!!

danimal365
04-27-2017, 09:43 AM
Get an adjustable hitch! I just bought this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SMGAJ6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Eckie
04-27-2017, 09:46 AM
New tires on the trailer. Spare is being replaced today, so it will be new as well.

Good call on the grease gun, straps and hitches.

I've done a road trip before, but always nervous/anxious everytime!

Randal03r1
04-27-2017, 09:51 AM
Good tactical flashlight

SS LS1
04-27-2017, 09:55 AM
Credit card, can't plan for everything that can happen. ;)

mzimme
04-27-2017, 09:55 AM
Also, don't get in a hurry. You've got a long trip ahead of you regardless of towing a boat. Keep those trailer tires/bearings happy and keep your speed at 70mph or less. Might take you an extra 50 minutes to get home, but worth it.

Someone on here made a towing kit first aid deal with blocks of wood of various sizes, deep socket wrenches of various sizes, and so on to ensure all trailer accidents could be dealt with.

neil.anderson63
04-27-2017, 09:57 AM
I just did this. Hot lap: Springfield, Mo to Knoxville, Tn to pick up an X15.
Took my complete road tool box, jack, 2 spares, star lug wrench, grease gun, rain coat, portable light, 2 drop receivers, red light glow sticks, zip ties, misc wire for light repairs. One tail light wasn't working on the trailer. Just a loose connection at the plug. Tightened up the connection and headed for home.
I feel fortunate to make it home without a tire incident. Tires are 06 marathons, they look new and still have the mold hairs on. The trailer was in great shape. Checked EVERYTHING at every fuel stop.
To do over again I would do as mzimme suggested. Put a new set of tires on for peace of mind.

MC25
04-27-2017, 09:58 AM
I feel like we need to compile the information here and make a sticky about this

barelyfloating
04-27-2017, 10:06 AM
A bag of Doritos and a six pack!

CoachTRL
04-27-2017, 10:15 AM
Lots of mt. dew and a smart phone to take some pics and then post on here!

Ski-me
04-27-2017, 10:24 AM
Lots of mt. dew and a smart phone to take some pics and then post on here!

^^^ This! We love road trip pics! :D

Where are you towing from...to?

Maristar210
04-27-2017, 10:30 AM
Monster energy and beef jerky. Can of dip wouldn't hurt either.

Maristar210
04-27-2017, 10:44 AM
Road trips are nerve wracking for sure. I hauled this from Chicago to Long Island a couple of years ago. Took her over the George Washington bridge at sunrise. Pucker factor was 9.7.

MC25
04-27-2017, 10:48 AM
Monster energy and beef jerky. Log of dip wouldn't hurt either.

Fixed

Titanic
04-27-2017, 10:51 AM
Voltmeter for the trailer lights. I put that to good use when I picked up my MC from Indiana and hauled it to Minnesota.

Maristar210
04-27-2017, 10:53 AM
This is proof a 7900# boat needs to be on a triple axle trailer. Sorry for the thread jack. Safe travels.

Eckie
04-27-2017, 10:59 AM
So you're the guy that beat me by 2 days to the X15!!! :)

what a boat and a great price.

Thanks for the tips -- great advice.

I just did this. Hot lap: Springfield, Mo to Knoxville, Tn to pick up an X15.
Took my complete road tool box, jack, 2 spares, star lug wrench, grease gun, rain coat, portable light, 2 drop receivers, red light glow sticks, zip ties, misc wire for light repairs. One tail light wasn't working on the trailer. Just a loose connection at the plug. Tightened up the connection and headed for home.
I feel fortunate to make it home without a tire incident. Tires are 06 marathons, they look new and still have the mold hairs on. The trailer was in great shape. Checked EVERYTHING at every fuel stop.
To do over again I would do as mzimme suggested. Put a new set of tires on for peace of mind.

neil.anderson63
04-27-2017, 11:06 AM
So you're the guy that beat me by 2 days to the X15!!! :)

what a boat and a great price.

Thanks for the tips -- great advice.
10-4! She's a beauty - Travel safe
159976

moosehead
04-27-2017, 11:15 AM
I feel like we need to compile the information here and make a sticky about this

Long Haul thread: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=68699

2RLAKE
04-27-2017, 11:18 AM
Offer to pay for 4 brand new tires on the boat and see if the current owner will take it in to have them put on.

Great call ... we did this when i picked up my 190 ... drive 2000+ miles in 2.5 days

Thrall
04-27-2017, 11:43 AM
If it's got the old oil bath hubs with the plastic caps, get a "repair cap" as those crusty old things failed on my trailer.
A 2" or 2-1/2", I forget, rubber drain cap for pvc pipe with a hose clamp works well, and a bottle of gear oil.

jkcTN
04-27-2017, 11:45 AM
10-4! She's a beauty - Travel safe
159976

Glad to see everything is still in one piece after the road trip! Boat still looking as good as ever.... I'm missing the fuel consumption on that boat.... This 46 with a 7.4L drinks the gas!

jkcTN
04-27-2017, 11:46 AM
If all details work out today, will be pulling the trigger on a new-to-me MC.

It's roughly 8-9 hours away.

I have a list of necessities, but throwing this out there for things I need to take with me for the trip. Obvious ones listed below....

- Jack
- Jack stands
- Tools
- lug wrench

Thanks, in advance!


What boat did you score? PICS?

jstewart319
04-27-2017, 02:21 PM
Recommend getting a Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun. Check hubs and tires at every stop, you'll know quickly if you're about to have problem.

copperline
04-27-2017, 02:54 PM
boat/trailer insurance "just in case cant be fixed with any of the above"
http://www.boatus.com/insurance/

gwozhog
04-27-2017, 02:55 PM
Insurance policy and tow it like you stold it. I would be more worried about the boat inspection. You might be in a bit of a hurry and blinded by real mechanical issues in the boat since you drove so far. So do a thorough once over again because once you take two steps off his driveway all of his problems in life become yours.

gweaver
04-27-2017, 03:51 PM
Had to change a flat towing my current boat home. At 4am. On the side of a freeway. Things I learned:
Bring a good floor jack (not the garbage jack that comes with your vehicle), a block of wood (for between the jack and trailer) and a flashlight.

If the trailer has brakes, I'd bring some brake fluid just in case the reservoir is low. Or make sure you check it before you drive away.
G

Eckie
04-27-2017, 04:18 PM
Great suggestions, guys -- Thanks.

Leaving in the morning....

Covi
04-27-2017, 04:24 PM
I did Vt - Fl recently. I didn't bring much (I guess I sort of gambled). One thing I did bring is just this. I didn't use it as much as I thought I would but shot the tires a couple times. I made it knock on wood no problems.

When I got home I noticed I ran one of the tires down to the metal and the other was getting close. Just by site I could tell I had one wheel toe'd in.

Water test it if you can. I went way wrong and never put it in the water first. Lesson learned and won't do that again. Good luck!


Recommend getting a Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun. Check hubs and tires at every stop, you'll know quickly if you're about to have problem.

Skantown
04-27-2017, 04:29 PM
Duct tape

Snipe
04-27-2017, 04:50 PM
Duct tape

:uglyhamme:uglyhamme

Eckie
04-27-2017, 05:22 PM
What boat did you score? PICS?

No pics until sale is complete and I'm home. Bad Karma to show it before I get it!

mtajpa
04-27-2017, 08:01 PM
Here's an idea! Post your route and appx. times in various cities just in case you need help along the way. Plenty of folks would be willing to help you out if you need them. I travel Vegas to LOTO every year straight through drive 23 hrs. Only the occasional tread separation. I just drive trailer up on block of wood on good tire and its high enough to change the bad one. Also have electric impact.

Best of Luck with the new ride.

osmonet
04-27-2017, 09:13 PM
For my trip, I ran to home depot and picked up a roll of this.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Pratt-Retail-Specialties-20-in-x-1000-ft-Stretch-Film-5005002/202029370

Used it to wrap the speakers, board racks, tower, etc. Worked well as I didn't have to polish out 1500 miles of bugs out of the aluminum.

madcityskier
04-28-2017, 06:31 PM
This. I'm in just south of Madison WI. If you need anything hit me up.

Here's an idea! Post your route and appx. times in various cities just in case you need help along the way. Plenty of folks would be willing to help you out if you need them. I travel Vegas to LOTO every year straight through drive 23 hrs. Only the occasional tread separation. I just drive trailer up on block of wood on good tire and its high enough to change the bad one. Also have electric impact.

Best of Luck with the new ride.

jkcTN
04-28-2017, 07:09 PM
If all went well you should be well on your way back with a new boat!! Give us an update!

uplander
04-28-2017, 08:56 PM
I did a 24 hr trip, got all the way home and could not back up the trailer into the driveway. Never had a coupler that locked up the brakes, figured it out in the dark but glad I never had to back-up on the way home.

Probably to late but if I did it again I would haul a gas can in the back of truck. I almost ran out of gas in Arkansas on the way home with no gas stations in site.

JasterCraft
04-28-2017, 10:49 PM
I did a 24 hr trip, got all the way home and could not back up the trailer into the driveway. Never had a coupler that locked up the brakes, figured it out in the dark but glad I never had to back-up on the way home.

Probably to late but if I did it again I would haul a gas can in the back of truck. I almost ran out of gas in Arkansas on the way home with no gas stations in site.

On my most recent trip, I ran from San Antonio to Atlanta and back on back-to-back days. It was something like 2,200 miles in 43 hrs. I walked though my garage before leaving and put every possible tool in the truck that I "might" need at any time.

Of all the long towing trips I've made (a lot!) this was the first time I ever put a spare gas can in the truck. I thought that was pretty smart. Ended up never needing it.

jsturvey
04-28-2017, 11:40 PM
^^ Wow Troy, were you trying to do the Bandit run? Lol!

Like they say...better to have had not need than need and not have.


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zsqure
04-29-2017, 01:29 PM
Any Pictures yet? Still on your way?
When I went north of the border for my X-14 all I took was a credit card, cash and paperwork. Left all the tools in a 5gal bucket sitting in the garage. Stopped in a Canadian Tire for a temporary plate and everything i could think of was there. Made it through customs and back home without a problem.

bturner2
04-29-2017, 04:00 PM
I have yet to buy a used boat with the brakes in good working order. Minimum here would be a quart of brake fluid.

Randal03r1
04-29-2017, 04:28 PM
Love following along with road trip purchases. Update !!!

Snipe
04-29-2017, 05:36 PM
I have yet to buy a used boat with the brakes in good working order. Minimum here would be a quart of brake fluid.
I guess I could relate to that... brought ours home and looked at the brakes. So rusted that I wound up taking everything off. I only have a 1/4 mile to the launch twice a season, so that's the way it will stay. I had no problem towing it home for 220 mi. without brakes. :)

Ski-me
04-29-2017, 06:35 PM
You may need a reverse signal to disengage the trailer brake actuator. If no signal then when you back up, the brakes lock up. You can tape a small socket so the actuator pin doesn't slide back....temp fix so you can back up.

Rocketboy
05-01-2017, 09:42 AM
No pics yet?????

I know he made it home as we got a text on Saturday morning saying he made it.

Eckie
05-01-2017, 09:46 AM
Update: Left Friday morning at 8:00am. 710 miles. Minneapolis to Fenton, Michigan. Stops for gas and tolls in Chicago and losing an hour due to eastern time zone, arrived at 7:30pm. Water test and inspect.

Left Fenton around 9:30.

Minor ground issue with trailer lights two hours in. They worked but were very dim. Breakaway hitch causing the ground issue. Lights would work when I opened up the breakaway tongue, but dim again when I closed it. WD40 and elbow grease back and forth 25 times -- solved the problem.

The last time I road-tripped for a boat, I blew a tire on I-35 near Kansas City. Not fun.

Lots of road construction through the night. Paranoid about tire issues (even though tires were in good shape), I stayed under 62 mpg.

Drove all the way home, non-stop. 1420 miles. Arrived at 9:45 Saturday morning.

Parked the boat and took a nap.

2007 XStar. 350 hours.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/320x240q90/924/w2sprj.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pow2sprjj)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/320x240q90/922/PFKx7v.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pmPFKx7vj)

TX - Longhorns
05-01-2017, 10:23 AM
She looks great, can't wait to see more pic's. Glad everyone made it back safe and sound...

neil.anderson63
05-01-2017, 11:15 AM
Very nice! Even better without unsavory events along the way. Congratulations on the new rig!

Covi
05-01-2017, 11:29 AM
Nice work. Glad that you made it safe. it'll all be worth it soon enough.


Update: Left Friday morning at 8:00am. 710 miles. Minneapolis to Fenton, Michigan. Stops for gas and tolls in Chicago and losing an hour due to eastern time zone, arrived at 7:30pm. Water test and inspect.

Left Fenton around 9:30.

Minor ground issue with trailer lights two hours in. They worked but were very dim. Breakaway hitch causing the ground issue. Lights would work when I opened up the breakaway tongue, but dim again when I closed it. WD40 and elbow grease back and forth 25 times -- solved the problem.

The last time I road-tripped for a boat, I blew a tire on I-35 near Kansas City. Not fun.

Lots of road construction through the night. Paranoid about tire issues (even though tires were in good shape), I stayed under 62 mpg.

Drove all the way home, non-stop. 1420 miles. Arrived at 9:45 Saturday morning.

Parked the boat and took a nap.

2007 XStar. 350 hours.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/320x240q90/924/w2sprj.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pow2sprjj)

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/320x240q90/922/PFKx7v.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/pmPFKx7vj)

Prostar 190
05-01-2017, 11:50 AM
Looks good!

kscrib
05-01-2017, 01:04 PM
There are a few of us MC guys here in KC. Would have been more than willing to help...

Great looking boat.

Eckie
05-01-2017, 01:47 PM
There are a few of us MC guys here in KC. Would have been more than willing to help...

Great looking boat.

Thanks -- thankfully, that episode was 4 years ago when driving home with my previous MC.

This trip was uneventful, and all is good!

Thanks for the offer though!

2RLAKE
05-01-2017, 05:18 PM
That is incredible ... glad you made it safely

Rocketboy
05-01-2017, 05:28 PM
Eckie- boat looks awesome man! I hope you can bring it up some weekend!