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chad posted 06-20-2001 06:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for chad   Send Email to chad  
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?
simonmeridew posted 06-20-2001 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
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
lhg posted 06-20-2001 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
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.
stagalv posted 06-20-2001 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Make sure to take that oh-so-valuable spare tire too!
Kelly posted 06-20-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
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.
carlz posted 06-20-2001 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for carlz  Send Email to carlz     
- 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
triblet posted 06-21-2001 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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
carrying a spare. It was a lot more
expensive than the kit of spares. I've
got the hub, grease, and tools, and rags
and hand cleaner, packed in some Rubbermaid
imitation Tuperware. It gets tossed in the
back of the truck whenever I tow.


jimh posted 06-21-2001 11:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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:
--the boat
--the motor
--the trailer
--the tow vehicle

Get all four in shape and you'll have more fun!

triblet posted 06-22-2001 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
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
one time one fell off, they both fell off.
I think they had a little help in the parking


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