IMO a second spare tire is cheap insurance, sounds like you have everything covered though. I have two spares in my trailer but it's also a single axle, so I couldn't limp it anywhere like you could if needed
How did you go from:If I was doing this tow, I'd be moving over to right lane when you hit some mountains.
Are you doing E ply trailer tires?
Fwiw... I don't know if I've ever known someone able to limp in this example.IMO a second spare tire is cheap insurance, sounds like you have everything covered though. I have two spares in my trailer but it's also a single axle, so I couldn't limp it anywhere like you could if needed
I didn't say switch, I just asked if he had e ply.How did you go from:
"Hey help me convince myself that it's OK to tow >6k lbs with my offroad truck rated for 5k"
"You should switch to E load rated tires on an open car trailer"
Do you have any idea what kind of overkill that would be? You'd bend an axle before 2 E tires were at even half the load limit
I've got 2 extra smaller tie downs that would work in an emergencyIf the setup weighs 8k, you’re looking at like 900-1200lbs for a healthy tongue weight. It’d be really helpful to get some of that weight transferred on to the front end of the Jeep with a weight distribution hitch. I like to tow around 70-72mph, but everyone’s truck has its own sweet spot. Sounds like you have the essentials covered……extra tie downs??
Nah, I was taking notes LOLHave you done it?
So this isnt about me, but I am also towing down to FL to get a car soon. Here is my check list based on this thread, because all joking aside there is some great info in here.Yajyak has good advice here and a few others. I'll touch on a few things since I do a good amount of towing.
80mph is too fast if you only have 3500 or 5000 pound axles. My car trailer tires are rated at 81mph max, and the only time I will go that fast is when it's empty.
Get a spare. Especially since you are going at night when you'll have a hard time finding a place that's open.
WD hitch will help quite a bit. It's not completely necessary, but still a really good idea for that distance.
You said you greased the wheel bearings earlier in the summer. Did you take it apart and grease, or is that using the ez-lube hubs? If it's the latter, keep in mind that usually only lubes the outside bearing. The inside may never get any grease from that. For a long trip like that, I would be taking it apart and checking both. It is not much fun replacing bearings on the side of the road, let alone trying to find parts.
Bring extra straps. Sometimes they break or fray.
Basic hand tools and a tire pressure gauge.
I have a weigh safe hitch and it’s worth every penny. We towed for the highschool band competitions and we knew the trailer weight but with unload/reloads the tongue weight was always changing. Saved me a few times from people loading the trailer poorly.
I have ATs on camping trailer. Kind of a different application but it works for that.You guys ever use truck tires on your trailers, my dad being super anal put Michelin truck tires on his last boats trailer it was a triple axel and had them balanced, I believe they were just good hd truck tires, is balancing not really a thing on trailer tires or am I just a hillbilly all the 15” trailer tires I’ve bought were already on rims and none of them were balanced, I’ve never towed one of my boats more than 2 hours but it didn’t seem like it was vibrating at the time from unbalance tires Yaj Yak