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DamselFly posted 02-12-2002 01:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for DamselFly   Send Email to DamselFly  
Hello everyone, I'm so happy to find this board now that I'm about to be a classic whaler owner! I'm going to Fl from NC this weekend to pick up a 77 13' sport. I have a 70-something Sears Ted Williams trailer that I sold the gamefisher boat off of that I'm using to get the whaler. It has brand new 5.70 x 8 tires and wheels on it, and the spindles feel good with no side to side play. My questions are How fast can I go with these small tires? I've never towed a boat that far before so are there any tips anyone can give me for my trip? I'm looking forward to finally having my own flyfishing skiff!


Bigshot posted 02-12-2002 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
You can do highway speeds(under 70) with those puny tires but keep an eye on them. Make sure the bearings stay cool and tires too. Keep proper inflation. Make sure she is tied down like an inmate on PCP and working lights are always a plus.
David Ratusnik posted 02-12-2002 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Remember- don't over inflate those tires. D
Dick posted 02-12-2002 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
All of the above is good advice, but also make sure your wheel bearings are well greased.
NEVER SCARED posted 02-12-2002 05:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
Check for white foam!!!!!!!
JBCornwell posted 02-12-2002 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Damselfly. In addition to what David said about not overinflating your tires: Underinflating them is even more dangerous because they build up heat faster when soft.

Read the recommended pressure off of the tire and stick to it religiously.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Outraged posted 02-12-2002 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Outraged  Send Email to Outraged     
I would stop after the first 50 to 100 miles & check the bearings to make sure their not getting to hot. Have a safe trip, and enjoy the boat! Outraged
dscew posted 02-12-2002 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I would also make sure the little Whaler fits the trailer. It should have keel rollers for support, with bunks for balance. No roller trailers for Whalers.
tabasco posted 02-12-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Suggestion.....on the way up to pick up the boat get one of those 6 ft bicycle antennas or an old CB antenna and put a red flag on it and connect it near the the back of the trailer.

Without a boat on the trailer some people can't see the trailer and you could have an accident.

DamselFly posted 02-12-2002 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for DamselFly  Send Email to DamselFly     
Thanks for the tips guys. I will check the tires and bearings religiously. The trailer has 2 small bunks on the aft end and rollers down the middle. I think it will fit the 13' just fine, but I'm bringing wrenches to adjust the winch and roller locations.


JohnAz posted 02-12-2002 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
you might bring along a spair tire,,,
JohnAz posted 02-12-2002 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnAz  Send Email to JohnAz     
another thought some weight on the empty trailer or if you use a pickup truck put it in the back empty it will bounce a lot
triblet posted 02-12-2002 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Be prepared to adjust the tongue weight by
moving the axle. Have the right wrenches,
tape measure, pencil, a good sized hammer
(a short sledge is ideal), jack stands, etc.

Be sure the transom is on the bunks, and
there's a roller just forward of the transom.

I wouldn't wait 50 miles to check the
bearings. I'd go five miles, check. Go
another 10 check. Go 45 more, check.

I'm not sure I'd go 70 with those little
wheels. They are turning awful fast.

The idea of putting the trailer in the
back of the truck is a good one.

Don't UNDER inflate the tires either. I'd
be just below max pressure cold. That will
help them run cool.

A spare hub kit would be a lot of piece of
mind, and not too expensive ($35). Any
mechanic can get you back on the road in an
hour with one.

Do you have the jack to jack up the trailer?


DamselFly posted 02-13-2002 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for DamselFly  Send Email to DamselFly     
Chuck and John,

I've got 2 spare tires, jack, and lugwrench. I don't have a spare hub kit, and I'm not even sure if you can get one for a 1970-something sears trailer. Are hubs a standard size so I could get a kit for one at a trailer shop? I will take my grease gun and tools. I've repacked bearing lots of times on my old VW's so it's no biggie to pack one if I need to. I did check the bearings and they look and feel good. I did think about the trailer bouncing while empty. I don't have a pickup so I can't stick it in the back. Is there anything I can weigh it down with? I do have a lot of lead dive weights, I guess I could tie those on the trailer. how much would I need to keep it from bouncing?


bwmenemsha posted 02-13-2002 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for bwmenemsha    
i am not sure bout the weight but spread it around evenly...rather than lead weights that you have to return with as extra weight maybe try and find some sandbags that will be disposable for a one way trip,,,,good luck
Bigshot posted 02-13-2002 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I can see it now.......10 car pileup due to sandbag assault. Let it bounce! Mine bounces with the 13' on it.
SuburbanBoy posted 02-13-2002 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     

Good luck,


triblet posted 02-13-2002 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Trailer hubs are standard sizes, but one for 8"
wheels may be hard to find.

10 car pileups aren't funny just now: A couple
of weeks ago I was the front car in a nine-car
pileup. I got off with a little scratch in
my bumper I'm not even going to fix. The guy
at the back left the scene, but I got his
license number, and the CHP tracked him down.


Wild Turkey posted 02-13-2002 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wild Turkey  Send Email to Wild Turkey     
Maybe Tom will loan DamselFly the "Chainsaw Whaler" for the trip down

I don't think the trailer will bounce with THAT on it!


Dr T posted 02-13-2002 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
When you stop (per Chuck's suggestion) to check the bearings, make sure you touch the hub to guage the heat. Also, it won't hurt to check the hubs for play while in transit. Put one hand on either side of the wheel and see if it will wiggle.

For some really gory details on this subject, see the "Wheel Falls Off Trailer" thread.

Have a safe trip.


bwmenemsha posted 02-13-2002 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for bwmenemsha    
i was assuming he would tie them on the

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