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k joseph posted 11-02-2002 10:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for k joseph   Send Email to k joseph  
well i made it to delray this past week after the many setbacks...i actually have just setteled in and and unpacked the puter..

here is a brief recap..the tranny was put in by a gm dealer but my first est.was done by a local garage...when i woke up the next am i noiticed several beer bottles by my boat in the parking lot of the holiday inn..kinda wondered but gave no thought to the fact those dirtballs loosened my lug nuts on all 4 wheels...brought it to the trailer shop in md and they were amazed at how the threads backed out of the hub...and told me all the others were loose as well...wonderful carneys pt nj bud light drinking rednecks..

Dr T posted 11-03-2002 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
While I appreciate your sentiments concerning the rose-collared glass bottles,
I have lost a wheel off a trailer due to having all the lug nuts loosen "on their own."

I had loaded (well, overloaded) the trailer in Austin, checked the wheels (but not the lug nuts since I had put the tires on a month before) and headed west. Then, about midnight, coming down a big hill east of Brady the trailer starts fishtailing. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw--sparks. I looked to the left and saw my wheel passing me.

Glad you made it. Now go fishing and relax a bit. You've earned this one.

Buckda posted 11-03-2002 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Hmmm....scary story Dr. T -

They make "locking lugs" for cars with mag wheels, etc...do they make the same for trailers? Probably the best 25 bucks we'd ever spend to have those puppies on when trailering long distances and parking trailers overnight....Are the studs in a trailer wheel smaller than a car's? If not, you can pick up locking lugs at your local auto parts store (Advance, Pep Boys, AutoZone, etc. . .)


One more thing to think about to be properly outfitted!

jimh posted 11-03-2002 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On our recent two-day tow down to North Carolina, we stopped overnight at a motel, also. In situations like this, we have the boat basically stripped down. All the gear is removed and stowed in the towing vehicle. It is a pain in the neck to reload it when you get to the ramp, but I just feel better sleeping knowing that there is not much temptation lying around the boat cockpit.

As for the intentional vandalism of your wheels, that truly is criminal.

I hope the rest of your trip to Florida goes well and is without problems.

Just think of it this way: it's 30-degrees and snowing up here in the Midwest!

k joseph posted 11-03-2002 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for k joseph  Send Email to k joseph     
no doubt in my mind this was a criminal event...the first repair shop actually called the gm dealer around the corner for the price on a new tranny..my est was 2300 plus..so i said before i spend that much let me go to the gm dealer and possibly trade for for a new vehicle...it was then i decided to have them do the repair at thier urging..well with in minutes of paying the bill who shows up..the yahoo from nicks transmisson shop..if i could prove it i surlely would have contacted the state police..
well anyhow..my trip can be used for a learning experience..can't wait for return journey in april...
whalerron posted 11-04-2002 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I had a friend who would put lock nuts on his boat trailer lug bolts. He would run a stainless steel nut onto the end of the lug bolt which protrudes through the hub and would tighten that nut against the hub. If he needed to change a tire, he would remove those nuts and then the bolts. If you forgot the nuts were on there, as I did once, there is no way you could get those bolts off. They would break before they would back out. This is only valid for those setups which use lug bolts instead of lug nuts.

- ron

hardensheetmetal posted 11-04-2002 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
Kevin-

Re you still towing the 22, I know you were selling, but I never saw if it went or not. That sucks about the wheels, maybe you could get a 100 foot extension cord from the Depot, cut off the female end, plug it in, and elctrify the trailer while your away from it, give em a little surprise next time!!

Dan

k joseph posted 11-04-2002 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for k joseph  Send Email to k joseph     
dan..was going to sell but just repowered with a yr2000 0x66 225..im into it now...

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