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|Author||Topic: Trailering suggestions|
posted 06-20-2001 06:08 PM ET (US)
We are pulling the Montauk over 700 miles to Flordia this summer. How often should wheel bearings be repacked? What else should I be aware of before towing a boat trailer a long distance?
posted 06-20-2001 07:44 PM ET (US)
Trailered my montauk to Ocracoke, NC this Spring (900 miles each way). Gave the bearing buddies 1 pump on the grease gun each leg of the trip. No problems. Every time I stopped for gas or to pump bilge, I put a hand on the hubs to see if hot. It doesn't hurt to put each wheel up on a jack now and then and spin it to see if smooth or chatters.JMHO
posted 06-20-2001 07:46 PM ET (US)
The key to trouble-free wheel bearings are Bearing Buddies WITH Bearing Buddy SPINDO SEALS (these are special spring loaded inner seals to hold the grease against the pressure exerted by the Bearing Buddy). Have that combo installed on your wheels and you'll be fine for the trip. Use the black plastic caps over the Bearing Buddies to keep your wheels clean.
posted 06-20-2001 08:52 PM ET (US)
Make sure to take that oh-so-valuable spare tire too!
posted 06-20-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)
One of my friends read that it is a good precaution to keep a spare hub assembly. I think he bought two and they were about $39 each. That way, if something happens, you can replace the hub and be on your way.... with your boat in tow.
posted 06-20-2001 10:47 PM ET (US)
- check tire pressure, carry spare tire, spare hub and tools.
- repack at beginning (or better yet, at end) of each season; inspect bearing and race for signs of wear. If worn, replace entire hub assembly; they're cheap. I think bearing buddies are more trouble than they are worth. If you have fresh waterproof grease at the beginning of each season you should be OK.
- spare grease cap if bearing buddies, they fall off.
- check if hot to touch after first 10 miles. If you have a problem it will show up early. Thereafter, make it a habit to feel the hubs whenever you stop
posted 06-21-2001 09:23 AM ET (US)
I'll second carrying a spare hub, grease,
and tools. Make sure you have the right
torque wrench (REAL low range).
I had a hub break back before I started
posted 06-21-2001 11:55 PM ET (US)
As Chuck suggests, a Rubbermaid container with all the spare parts for your trailer is an excellent idea.
Have some spare light bulbs, too, for the trailer lights.
I keep the grease gun in a double wrapped plastic bag--those things are always leaking a little grease, especially on hot summer days.
There are really four parts to successful trailer boating:
Get all four in shape and you'll have more fun!
posted 06-22-2001 10:33 AM ET (US)
I keep the grease gun in a double freezer
grade ziplock too. And I put three or four
paper towels in with it to absorb the leakage.
One more thing: Spare bearing buddy.
And the caps do fall off. Funny thing, the
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