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bryansemple posted 08-14-2008 08:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for bryansemple   Send Email to bryansemple  
Read a lot on this site about towing a whaler, so thought I would post what worked for me.

I towed my newly purchased 96 17 dauntless from Boston to Upstate NY behind a 2004 Toyota Sienna mini-van with AWD. Here is what I did to make the trip work:

1) new tires - After reading about the issues with Carlisle tires, I swapped them for Goodyear Marathons. Kept one Carlisle as a spare since the trailer did not have one. Added a tie-down engineering spare carrier.

2) bearings - I opted not to replace them on the trailer even though they could be 7 - 8 years old since the trailer had limited use with the previous owner. Instead, I greased them significantly through the Zirc fitting and purchased a surface reading digital thermometer. Bearing temps stayed less than 105 degress on a 75 degree day traveling at 60 - 65.

3) I added airlift 1000 air bags to the minivan to get the back end up and inflated them to 35 psi. Worked great.

4) Digital tire gauge - I was getting ready to leave with my new tires when I checked them only to discover the tire dealer had under inflated to 40 PSI. A quick 12V pump purchase got them into spec.

Thanks for everyone's previous posts on towing.

deepwater posted 08-16-2008 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
sounds like your ready to tow any distance you need to,, by getting ahead of the game you avoided any number of roadside headaches good towing
SEGrin posted 08-19-2008 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for SEGrin  Send Email to SEGrin     
I'm a big fan of the digital thermometer for checking wheel bearing condition. I usually run about 25 to 30 miles, then pull off the road and check hub and tire temps. Typically, bearings run in the 100 to 120 degree range, tires about 100 on the tread surface. I also observe that I have one wheel's bearings slightly tighter than the other due to cotter pin hole location. The tight one runs about 7 - 10 degrees warmer.
Since problems with either bearings or tires involve excessive heat before failure, this is the info you need to spot problems.
Since I don't run a minivan, I can get by with just two airbags ;-)

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