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Old 06-21-2004, 01:24 PM
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Hey folks, some of you might remember that I am being "Deployed" to Macdill AFB (Tampa) and well, that time has come. I will be leaving either Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. Anyways, I've been running down the checklists since I am taking my boat with me and wanted to see if anyone has any supplies/necessities hat I might have overlooked..

Here's what I got off the top of my head...

Spare hub with lugs and dust boot (in the event I lose a bearing buddy)
Wrench
Grease Gun
Rags/hand cleaner
Spare light bulbs
Spare tire (already on the trailer)
Transom straps
Transom Saver
Extra set of 10 foot chains and tow strap
Gunnel strap - the one that wraps from trailer frame to trailer frame
Bow chain to secure boat to trailer frame as well as winch post
Air pump
Spare marine flares for use on the road
Basic tool kit with wrenches, sockets, drivers, wire kit etc...

And for the toys..

Fishing rods (all of em! )
wade belts
Skis, tube, ropes

Am I forgetting anything obvious???

Thanks in advance!
Chris
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Old 06-21-2004, 01:33 PM
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Old 06-21-2004, 04:57 PM
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Make sure the jack you have is enough to lift the trailer and boat. I had a flat with my first boat and tried to use the jack that came with the van. Did not even budge the boat before bending. Had to go to the nearest town and wait for Sears to open to get a hydraulic one. You might also want to throw in a couple of pieces of scrap lumber to use as a base or chocks. Other items used have been baling wire, rope, electrical wiring kit, duck tape, duck tape and duck tape.

Did I mention duck tape.
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Old 06-21-2004, 05:28 PM
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Hope I don't sound like your mommy.
If you have a TTop, untie the tarp, and use a rope to tie the frame to the front bow cleats to relieve the stress of +70 mph expierenced when driving. Might want to also tape down the VHF antenna to keep it from whipping against the ttop frame.
Make sure that the deck hatches are securely fastened as the wind behind the car seems to create different drafts that can really pop em open and break the plastic hinges.
I also cover the plexiglass windshield and the front of the console to save it from flying gravel, wax the hull to make the removal of tar easier when I arrive, and give her goodby once over with my trusted mechanic.
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Wood.. Good one! I'll add that to the list and you mentioned tape.. Better yet, I need to grab ELECTRICAL TAPE also

Bull, no T-Top, no worries..

But.. What do you use that is non-abrasive to cover the plexiglass while on the road? I was actually considering just removing the windshield and stowing it just to reduce drag and eliminate the risk of the dreaded golden rock..


Thanks for the replies - keep 'em coming..
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I just use an old blanket with rope and duck tape.
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Whenever I would drive across country, I'd make sure to get out and walk around at every fuel stop. This will improve circulation and prevent cramping and tiredness. Check your tires and hubs at every stop, as well as safety chains and straps.
Also, check your coolant, belts, hoses, etc. before you start. Top off all fluids, oil, p/s, coolant, washer fluid, etc. Bring along a couple of quarts of oil. Several jugs of water, some transmission fluid, funnel, rags, a roll of paper towels, etc.
STOP AND REST WHEN NEEDED!
Have a Safe trip!
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ReelWork - 6/21/2004 8:31 PM

But.. What do you use that is non-abrasive to cover the plexiglass while on the road? I was actually considering just removing the windshield and stowing it just to reduce drag and eliminate the risk of the dreaded golden rock..


Thanks for the replies - keep 'em coming..
Maybe some "bubble wrap" (w/duct tape around it) from the local Office Max or office supply/packaging store? Safe AND maybe stop the "golden rock"!

Be CAREFUL and, as suggested, REST often! We're waiting for you to get to VIRGINNY later on!!! How long is the deployment at McDill and when are you suppose to get to Langley AFB?

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ReelWork,

Don't forget the BIG credit card - you'll need it for The Colonnade (sea food), Columbia (Cuban) and Bern's Steak House. Enjoy MacDill - I did when working at CENTCOM many years ago.

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Tampa area traffic can be murder at rush hour. I'd try to get there very early in the AM or after the PM rush. From a long distance haul I made from Ft Pierce, FL to VA, I recommend overnight trailering. There's less traffic and the roadbed is cooler, meaning less heat for the trailer wheels, bearings, etc. and less of a strain on your tow vehicle if you can run without A/C.

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Old 06-22-2004, 08:31 AM
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As Usual, so more really good replies...

Bubble Wrap? No why didn't I think of that... It's funny how our minds are so imaginative on things, yet we can all overlook the simplest and most obvious solution!

Bruce, I will be at Macdill for 3 months which puts me back here in TX around October 1, then I will be hitting the road for Virginia a day or two after Thanksgiving.. My wife will be following a few weeks later so she can finish out the teaching semester (3rd grade teacher)..

I am pretty good about stopping to rest, but probably after I should have already stopped 30 miuntes prior, ya know? I normally go about 3 hours between stops and I am glad to report that when towing I always do a walk around with the lights and flashers on and check the heat on the tires, hubs and operation of ALL lights.. I literally change bulbs on the spot... and wait for about 10 minutes to allow stuff to cool a little if need be..

Thanks again, y'all are the best!
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Be sure to regularly check the tire pressure on the trailer. Low pressure causes heat which kills them.

Are you keeping your boat on base? My neighbor kept his there, which made it convienent, since they have the dock right next to the lot.

Enjoy Tampa, lots of fishing here, with easy access to the east coast.
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I plan on keeping the boat on base. I hear that is the safest and most convenient place..
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a can or two of fix-a-flat and a flashlight. dont forget the mosquito repelant if your traveling at night. nothing like a million mosquitos tring to suck your blood in the midddle of BFE!
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I would go buy a small floor jack and get a piece of wood to go under it. This way if you have a problem on the road you can handle it. Also loosen all the lug nuts and retighten this way they will come off in a problem. Make sure you tow it in drive not overdrive so you don't burn up a tranny. I also put in a fuel additive and use middle grade gas on long hauls. If you can take off the wind screen that will help a lot.
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Hey Reelwork, looks like my Tranny went on my F150 Screw, at 45k miles. How's your doing?
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Would you recommend repacking the bearings? How often do you guys repack anyways? I just replaced my axle and want to make sure it gets done enough. Nothing like fixing bearings on the side of the road
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If there is play in the bearing or the races are marked with grooves, or you have heard them sing, its time to replace. In this case, make sure they also clean and inspect the axle spindles and brakes while they're at it.
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By "They" do you mean me and my Grease Gun?
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Birdman, mine is doing fine so far, but now that you have probably jinxed me, it will go out on Monday... LOL

How much is the repair bill gonna be? My Bronco was around $1800 when I replaced that tranny (actually rebuilt).
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