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ContinuousWave: The Whaler GAM or General Area
posted 04-05-2002 11:29 PM ET (US)
Got it (1983 Revenge 22) home to the driveway today--90 mile tow with only one blown tire and one (minor) rear-ender (my fault at a stop light). First order of business is four new tires for the trailer, then a fast-deposit in a dry shed at the yacht club. I hope to be running in a couple of weeks, but trailer needs major work. I ordered the top from Mills and it should be in for the first week of snapper season. Pray for me!
posted 04-06-2002 12:06 AM ET (US)
Those tow-home trips can be fun!
When I bought my Revenge, I had to borrow a Suburban from my brother-in-law to tow it home, about a 150 mile haul. About half way back we stopped at a rest area on the interstate. That's where I noticed the smoke coming off the bearings and brakes on the rear axles.
We detoured off the interstate and found a garage. The guys were nice and loaned me a grease gun. The rest of the trip home was slow and had plenty of stops to check those bearings.
I needed new tires, too, but I managed to tow the boat and trailer about 1,000 miles on the 14-year-old tires. I was lucky, no problems. Now we have five new Goodyear Marathon Radials on the trailer--much lower anxiety levels on the tire worries.
posted 04-06-2002 12:15 AM ET (US)
My 99 Durango pulled it just fine--through east Texas hilly countryside--didn't even have to cut off the overdrive.
Just before my rear-ender, some teenager yelled, "Man, that's a f---ing BIG boat!" This'll teach me to look around to see idiots (all I have to do is look in the mirror).
posted 04-06-2002 01:23 AM ET (US)
Now, shoud we pray for you with hopes that you get your boat ready for snapper season, or just because you are in Beaumont (Or both) ;-) (I may live in Colorado, but I am FROM West Texas).
Glad to hear you got home safely. I had my own trailering horror story when I pulled my 13 up here from the San Angelo area. See the "Wheel Falls Off Trailer" thread in the performance section. This thread has a bunch of stuff about wheel bearings in it.
posted 04-06-2002 09:50 AM ET (US)
Yes the fun times of bringing home that whaler for the first time.
I purchased my Montauk in VA. and headed home to NC. about 100 mile. My father and I stopped at a Mc. D's in VA. to get e bite to eat when I noticed the left tire was sbout to fall off. The Guy I got the boat from had taken the tires off, turned them around and put them back on. To hide the dry rot and cracks. My fault for not first checking. Well, a very nice man let me use his 4way lug wrench to put it back on. found a shop to use a greese gun. Slow trip the rest of the way. But those first times can really be a story.
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