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Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:01 pm

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I am going to go get the new boat in a few days, it's about 1000 miles one way. What do you bring in your kit for long distance trailering. So far I am planning on... ball to match the trailer, basic mechanic tolls, a multimeter, several lengths of 12/2 conductor, an assortment of compression connectors, some heat shrink, zip ties, spool of seine twine, knife & spike, several sets of rachet straps, some rope, chafe pads (fire hose), and ?

The trailer has new tires, surge breaks, and is basically new.



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Tue May 08, 2018 2:23 pm

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You're way over thinking this. A new trailer is likely to not cause issues, but if there are any, they'll likely be tire related. I'd skip all that you're intending to bring and pack a can of "fix a flat" just in case. If you need to replace the ball, it's probable you'll have bigger issues (the trailer/boat took a walk at 60 MPH). Wiring, lights and these sort of things very rarely fail, with just over the road operations. Twine isn't going to hold anything, though a few extra straps and a knife are good ideas. Extra padding might help too.

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Fri May 11, 2018 5:57 am

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Full tool box (pretty much anything I would use to work on the car or trailer - wrenches, sockets, etc.). One of the handiest things is a small coil (maybe 30 ft) of bailing/monel wire. Thousands of uses - from mousing an anchor shackle to holding up a muffler or wayward berth board on a trailer. Won't burn through like twine.

I have a dedicated "electrical" box (orange plastic "ammo" box) with wire cutter, crimper, various connectors and spools of wire, multi-meter, vinyl tape.

Spare tire and real lug wrench - trailer lugs are a different size than my SUV.

And I always have flares, safety vest, rain coat, flashlight(s), fuses, 100 ft of 5/16"(+/-) line and a first aid/trauma kit in my SUV.

Does the trailer have Zirk fittings for the bearings ("Bearing Buddies")? A grease gun. For a 1,000 mile trip I might even pull the caps and check the bearings/lube.

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