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Old 01-06-2015, 12:25 AM   #1
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Towing boat from Houston to Venice LA

I have never done this but was looking at doing it in the next month. Someone told me the drive is hard and will beat up my truck and boat? Truck is f250 with the 7.3 and boat is 25' whaler on a heavy galvanized trailer. I will check my bearings and tires before going. Any thoughts?
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:47 AM   #2
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I dont see the issue. Enjoy exploring new waters.

As a rule of thumb for me I air trailer tires to max always. I feel my hubs and tires at every stop. Warm hubs mean a bearing could be going out. Warm tires means a bent frame, axle, or trailer suspension going out. I carry a full size spare, spare lug nuts, spare hub, spare spindle, and all the tools to change them on the side of the road.

All of the above for a trip to the closest ramp 4 miles away or to Venice or wherever I decide to drag it. Check bunk boards and brackets every time the boat is off the trailer.
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Old 01-06-2015, 01:32 AM   #3
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Good advise from sgrem. Check/touch all bearing hubs and tires at every stop, inflate tire pressure to max on side of tire. I have done it twice, keep speed reasonable, 70 or less to keep tire heat down on a long freeway drive. Watch your speed around the small towns south of NO, the local popo has one main road to patrol, and your on it! On one of those trips we had 2 trailer blow-outs. Take 2 spares and an extra bearing/hub assy if you can, lots of lonely miles on that trip and you can waste a lot of valuable time looking for tire/bearings etc if not prepared. Bring your grease gun and give the hubs a shot of grease for the ride home. Worth every mile of that trip, Venice is an awesome place! Good luck!
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Old 01-06-2015, 05:32 PM   #4
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I did it about 10 years ago with my 22' bay boat. Had no issues. The roads weren't bad. It's just a long way. I always carry a chain and Grade 5 bolts to chain up an axle if anything goes wrong. At least I can limp to where I can get some service.
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