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Old 13 May 2014, 17:19   #1
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Long distance and mountian pass towing?

Iíve just towed my new (to me) Hurricane back from Vancouver Island to Yellowknife. It seems to me that it might have been easier to deflate the tubes and strap them down than to have kept adjusting the pressure during the trip. The distance was approximately 3000 km, starting at sea level and going over a few mountain passes of up to 5500 ft.

Would there be anything wrong with deflating and securing the tubes rather than towing inflated?
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Wow that's something us rib nobbers in the UK do not have to think about.
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Old 13 May 2014, 17:31   #3
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The round trip came in at just under 7000 km Not the usual UK drive.
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Tow it completely defleated and hull well strapped down to trailer, besides tubes will be protected in the event that could be damaged, cut, abraded with unwanted onjects or even passing cars. U never know.

Once arrived to destination with an electric pump and gauge, pump it up, baby pump it up.

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Completely deflated, you're going to want to strap the tubes in somehow. Otherwise, they'll flap around and possibly damage themselves (or other stuff, not excluding your sanity.)

My longer trips usually involve pretty wide temp swings, (though not going through the altitude changes you did); I leave the tubes a bit soft at home, which allows for some expansion as the temps warm. When I get out of the inland valleys, the tubes go really soft (to the point of nearly flapping), but it's generally a short distance to my destination so I don't worry about it.

Note that you get a substantial amount of cooling from the air movement while driving; on a warm sunny day you'll feel the tubes firm up as they heat when you stop. Gotta watch that, too.

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