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#12779135 - 06/03/18 10:23 PM Trailering to Minnesota
Skippy Offline
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Registered: 08/18/03
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Loc: Dallas, Tx. USA
I’m taking my boat to Minnesota for the summer. It (and the trailer) is a 2003 model. It’s a Shoreland’r if that makes a difference. The trailer was rarely, if ever, used before I bought the boat two years ago in Minnesota and towed it back to Texas. At that time, I had the bearings packed and they said everything else was fine. I towed it here and have only towed maybe 40 miles since then. Do I need to do any more to it before heading back to Minnesota? Keep in mind, I’m not a DIY guy, so if you know of a particular place to take it to get worked on, please share. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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#12779699 - 06/04/18 12:40 PM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: Skippy]
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If it has bearing buddies just check the grease level. Since you have only towed it 40 since servcing it should be fine. Might want to check the back side of the wheels for grease coming out of the rear seals. If none I would say you are good to go.
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#12779994 - 06/04/18 04:08 PM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: Skippy]
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Registered: 01/25/05
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Only thing that would bother me would be the tires, how old are they? Trailer tires these days are not great quality and seem to blow for little reason at all, get them old and they blow for no reason at all.

I know its a little different story but we moved a small dozer on trailer tires that were 5 years old 2 years ago. We had 2 spares, after we blew the first 2 and used our spares we made it another 10 miles before we peeled the 3rd and pulled into a truck stop. 4 new tires very similar to the old ones and we trucked another 150 miles with out a hiccup. Old trailer tires suck and it sure can ruin a trip.

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#12782038 - 06/05/18 10:54 PM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: redchevy]
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Loc: Pearland, TX
Originally Posted By: redchevy
Only thing that would bother me would be the tires, how old are they? Trailer tires these days are not great quality and seem to blow for little reason at all, get them old and they blow for no reason at all.

I know its a little different story but we moved a small dozer on trailer tires that were 5 years old 2 years ago. We had 2 spares, after we blew the first 2 and used our spares we made it another 10 miles before we peeled the 3rd and pulled into a truck stop. 4 new tires very similar to the old ones and we trucked another 150 miles with out a hiccup. Old trailer tires suck and it sure can ruin a trip.


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If it's been sitting for a while and those tires have dry rot on them, you'll want to replace them especially with that long of a haul. If not, you'll find yourself on the side of the road
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#12782468 - 06/06/18 10:30 AM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: Skippy]
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Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 18523
Loc: Grand Prairie, Tx
If the tires are over 6 years old they need to be replaced. I had some 8 year old Michelin tires that looked new and had great thread with only 30k on them when one went flat. The sidewall was separating in several places and asking the tire guy he said that is common on old tires.

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#12782550 - 06/06/18 11:16 AM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: Skippy]
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Registered: 03/08/10
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Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Sounds simple, but make sure your transom tie downs are snug so the boat cannot move either direction. Some of those highways have a pretty high crown and with normal driving the boat will try to move to the right side of the trailer.
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#12784522 - 06/07/18 10:35 PM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: Skippy]
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Registered: 09/01/15
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Loc: Lake lavon
I also had a shorelandr trailer on the boat I purchased in South Dakota and brought it back to Texas. First thing I did was get new tires
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#12785930 - 06/09/18 11:36 AM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: Skippy]
BAIT956 Offline
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Registered: 02/27/03
Posts: 453
Loc: Lake Fork Tx.
All good ideas, adhere to them, especially the tires. If you are going to leave the old ones on, be sure to carry spares. You will need them later if not sooner. Also could be a big help to carry a jack which is usable on the trailer. Most car jacks are [censored]. If you are on the side of the road with a blown trailer tire, you want to be able to get it changed and get out of there as soon as you can. A good jack, a spanner and a ready spare will give you a lot of peace of mind.
I always carry a grease gun filled with boat trailer hub grease.
Check your hubs for excess heat every time you stop for gas or a rest stop. Make it a habit.

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#12786302 - 06/09/18 08:07 PM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: Skippy]
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Registered: 05/25/09
Posts: 150
Loc: Waxahachie Tx
Agree with all of the above. I trailer up there at least twice a year. check tires have spare and always check boat everytime you stop. carry extra jack and grease. I would also carry a spare trailer light fuses and electrical connections. I have switched lights at rest stop after one was knocked out by a piece of tire on the highway.

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#12790554 - 06/13/18 11:30 AM Re: Trailering to Minnesota [Re: Skippy]
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Registered: 12/17/08
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I owned a Lund and pulled it on a Shorelandr, I towed it from Texas to Canada for several years. You should be fine. If it has been sitting for 2 years, then you might have tires issues, and you might have to add a little grease to the bearings, but I think it will be just fine.

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