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captbobb posted 06-13-2002 09:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for captbobb   Send Email to captbobb  
In a couple of weeks I will be towing 17-Montauk from Boston to Outer Banks. I am towing with 2001 Blazer, 1000 miles each way.

Any advice on tow? I am planning on installing a transmission cooler this weekend. Is it necessary?

In addition, I am planning on using bumper hitch that came on vehicle. Any comments?

Bottom line, this is a company car if you read between the lines.

tabasco posted 06-13-2002 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Check for grease in your trailer bearings; take a grease gun along with you.
captbobb posted 06-13-2002 10:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for captbobb  Send Email to captbobb     
Brand new trailer
whalerron posted 06-13-2002 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I agree with Tabasco even if its a brand new trailer. Make sure they greased the bearings. It wouldn't be the first time I heard of a trailer being sold with dry bearings......
dfmcintyre posted 06-14-2002 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Aside from the grease issue, if 1 - the boat is not loaded down with all sorts of additional stuff, 2 - the route has minimal hills/mountains, etc and 3 - you keep to a reasonable speed limit, while towing.... you shouldn't have a problem. Is it a full sized blazer with an V8. If it's a six, I'd go the route your thinking of, and add the cooler. It's cheap insurance.

Standard hitch should be no problem either.


Cpt Quint posted 06-14-2002 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
I usually stop at 1 1/2 hours intervals and physically put my hands on the hubs. They are always warm but once were smoking hot and if i hadnt stopped it could have been worse. Back seal blew out and drained the grease. I had the gun with me and had to stop every 90 miles and re squirt.

MORE INPORTANTLY go to Ocrakoke, cross the inlet and the Pamplico sound and arrive at Portsmouth/ Old ghost whaler town and state historical site. Plus flounders the size of doormats. You can only get there by boat.

captbobb posted 06-14-2002 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for captbobb  Send Email to captbobb     
Thank you all for the advise. In addition to
grease gun, I will be carrying spare wheel, bearings and floor jack. I hope I do not have to use however, if I see another Whaler owner in trouble, I will stop.
jimh posted 06-14-2002 01:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
[Changed TOPIC; was "Boston to Outer Banks"--jimh.]
jimh posted 06-14-2002 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Good advice from all. I would add:

After installing the auxillary transmission cooler, drive the Blazer a bit to make sure there are no leaks. Carry spare transmission fluid and a funnel.

Consult the owner's manual of the Blazer for instructions on transmission OverDrive when towing. Also check door frame for stickers which give advice. On my GMC truck the manual is ambiguious; the door frame sticker warns explicitly to NEVER TOW IN OVERDRIVE. Your situation may be different.

Towing in non-OverDrive is easier on the car and transmission, especially the transmission. If in doubt, stay out of overdrive.

Be sure to connect the trailer plug wiring; check all the lights for proper operation. Nothing gets you pulled over faster than trailering without signal lights working on your trailer.

Check all tires for proper inflation. Often trailer tires require much higher inflation than passenger car tires. Carefully read the information on the tires themselves to deduce the proper inflation. Values of 55-PSI are not unusual. Many gas stations lack air facilities with pressure this high, especially those crappy coin-operated air pumps.

Stop frequently to check trailer tires and bearings for heat build up.

Do not tow with anything loose in the boat; it will blow out.

Unless your cover is tightly fitted and designed for highspeed use, it is probably best to trailer without canvas on the boat. Install the cover if you need to when stopping overnight to prevent people from seeing contents of the boat and being tempted to steal something.

Drive moderately. In many situations the maximum legal speed for cars with trailers is 55 MPH, although widely ignored.

jimh posted 06-14-2002 01:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Also read all my trailering articles:

Jimm posted 06-14-2002 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Once you get over the Delaware Memorial bridge and hit Rt 13 the ride is a pleasant one. Enjoy the Bay/Bridge Tunnel and notice all the fishings boats as you go along the bridge. I think your trip will be closer to 650 miles. There's a nice launch site at Oregon Inlet. Have a good time. Wish I were going...Jim
Jay A posted 06-15-2002 12:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jay A    
For what's it's worth: I had a 1987 Dodge Dakota and was towing a 4200 lb camper to Maine. After I crossed th N.H./ME. line my oil light came on, I pulled into a parking lot and checked the oil. The level was fine but discovered it had thinned from driving 65mph (Max. limit on RT 95 in N.H.)After 30 min. I continued the trip maxing-out at 55mph and everything was fine. Nine more years of towing with this vehicle remained trouble free! jimh is correct at staying below @ 55mph, my own towing travels proved it! By the way, use caution when approaching on-ramps and intersections,once drivers see a trailer approaching they often will cut you off! They hate to be behind a trailer.
triblet posted 06-15-2002 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Quick way to check the trailer lights: Turn
on the parking lights and the emergency
flashers. Everything on the trailer should be on all the
time, the turn signal/brake lights should
pulse brighter. This is handy because it
only requires one person.

Note: this checks that all the connections
are good. It's not they way to check things
after working on the wiring as it doesn't
test whether left and right are reversed.


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