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Old 11-28-2020, 06:46 AM
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Default Trailering NJ to Florida Keys

Anything I need to know before I go. 2020 Ram 2500 cummins tow vehicle and towing my buddies 21 contender on his brand new trailer.
Old 11-28-2020, 06:50 AM
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Make sure you adhere to speed limits from Key Largo and any destinations south of there. I was down there a month ago and the PoPo are setup everywhere waiting for clueless tourists.
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Not to be Captain Obvious, but I’d have two spares for the trailer as well as a floor type jack and a lug wrench the fits! You’ll never get a flat 2 blocks from a tire store on a weekday afternoon! Always weekends or after 6:00! Have a great trip!!
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Check trailer lug not torque and trailer hub temps after first couple hundred miles.
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Take a spare hub or two with greased bearings
Old 11-29-2020, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by N747JB View Post
Not to be Captain Obvious, but I’d have two spares for the trailer as well as a floor type jack and a lug wrench the fits! You’ll never get a flat 2 blocks from a tire store on a weekday afternoon! Always weekends or after 6:00! Have a great trip!!
Absolutely, learned that lesson the hard way. And make sure you have whatever is needed to remove the spare tire from it's carrier should you have a flat. It may be a key, special socket, etc. I learned that one the hard way, too. We needed a deep well socket.

Key to trailer lock on the off chance that you may need to unhook your truck from the boat. Another lesson learned the hard way.
These things are easily forgotten, overlooked, or mistakenly taken for granted when you're towing someone else's boat.

Oh, and check tire pressure often. Many, many flats can be attributed to low tire pressure. Those south Florida roads will eat tires.....

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grease gun but you already knew that.....
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Make sure trailer lights and brakes are working as well. Monroe county is a stickler for that. Check all axle bolts/nuts. Had a friend who had his rear axle come off the springs, although he didnt have lock washers and could have vibrated loose. Not a easy roadside repair.
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Drop the boat in Miami and run it on its own bottom. Have someone else lug the truck down. 10x the fun.
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Old 11-29-2020, 08:59 AM
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Mostly all the above, and make sure the trailer is legal in the state it's registered in. The Keys' authorities are tough on brakes, straps, weight, width, etc.
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Originally Posted by caper View Post
Check trailer lug not torque and trailer hub temps after first couple hundred miles.
Great point, my trailer builder said torque after the first 50 miles with the trailer loaded.

Check Tire PSI as it’s cold up North warm down South it could be 28 in the AM or 60 in the sun.

Coardless impact wrench, even a small one you can break any nut loose then buzz any nut on and off, tool kit hammer.
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Boat US gold membership ......includes flat bed 100 mile haul if you get stuck with something serious.

Wood blocks to make sure Jack will fit .
Wheel chocks ( 2) in case needed.
Electric inflator with extension cord to reach car truck connection .

Drive steady .....keep to speed limits and don’t push it as the miles go by to drive as if the rigs not back there.....it’s there so leave extra room in front to avoid sudden stops.
Cool and easy ....arrive all good
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Brand new truck and brand new trailer? Throw a spare, bottle jack, and 4 way into back of the truck and go!!

If I had to put grease into a brand new trailer in under 3000 miles, I would be rethinking my life choices......
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Originally Posted by bgreene View Post
Boat US gold membership ......includes flat bed 100 mile haul if you get stuck with something serious.
Is there a max length boat that they can haul?
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Originally Posted by Codycat View Post
Brand new truck and brand new trailer? Throw a spare, bottle jack, and 4 way into back of the truck and go!!

If I had to put grease into a brand new trailer in under 3000 miles, I would be rethinking my life choices......
i have a new trailer and after a couple of months well under 3000miles, i checked the bearings and had a faulty seal that had pitted a bearing in that short time, even after i had pumped grease through the spindle zirc when i took delivery of it. Replaced under warranty, so it happens.
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Originally Posted by ReleaseMeMako View Post
i have a new trailer and after a couple of months well under 3000miles, i checked the bearings and had a faulty seal that had pitted a bearing in that short time, even after i had pumped grease through the spindle zirc when i took delivery of it. Replaced under warranty, so it happens.
Probably blew out seal when pumping grease into axle. Happens alot. I never use the axle zerk fitting. If it is time, just repack them.

New trailer should easily do 50k miles without even touching them. My new boat trailer has 100k no touch bearings.
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We have trailer tire pressure temperature monitor. Stop every two hours and check hubs temp, as well as disc brakes. Do walk arounds. Also take grease gun and we also carry a Viare 12 volt compressor, also wooden blocks and chocks.
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Wow you people are funny.

Dude, hook the trailer up and hammer down! Just drive! these guys make it like it's some grand marathon or some shit
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Make sure you don’t hang off the trailer to far read Fl trailer codes because more than likely your going to get pulled over in the keys
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Anytime my boat/trailer hooks up to my truck the 5gallon bucket goes in the back with what I have learned to need to fix roadside trailer issues.

For my single axle trailer the bucket has a spare hub ready to go, spare axle nuts/washers/cotter pins, a file, big flat head screw driver, channel locks, big hammer, tire iron for the lugs, gloves, rags, grease gun, bottle jack/block.

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