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Old 07 July 2014, 12:40   #1
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What do you take when towing?

Apart from a spare everything what do people view as ' needed ';

Spare tyre
Spare hub
Tools
Grease/gun

And.....?

Or just ;
Duct tape and wd40 if an sr of any kind.....
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Old 07 July 2014, 12:53   #2
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What do you take when towing?

Spare bearing and puncture repair aerosol. With the single track/narrow roads up here its safer to empty a can of spray into the wheel and get moving until you can find somewhere safe to change to the spare.

Vehicle has the jack and I've got a basic toolkit and small tub of grease in spare wheel well.
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Old 07 July 2014, 12:54   #3
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A couple of asprin

In serious though ..I tow around 3000 miles a year. .and all I have apart from the usual car tools..is a spare set of wheel bearings and the experience/ability to change them plus a can of tire inflator / puncture repair stuff.

I keep meaning to get a spare wheel and tyre but have been for the past five years The tyres are in good nick though with lots of tread.

Hope my confession doesn't ruin my run of luck.. however I do minimise bad luck by servicing my bearings regularly. The trailer is unbraked and the load on it is probably only around 200kg

Looks like A1an does similar..so Im not a one of :-D
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Spare wheel
Bottle jack
5 m ratchet straps
Wheel brace and long bar
Socket set and spanners always in the truck
RAC cover for the trailer
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Jump leads 10 m long
Two car batteries
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Old 07 July 2014, 13:46   #5
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Tire gunk (and compressor) in case that'll be safer then changing the wheel, spare wheel.

Spare wheel nuts - don't ask.

Jack, spare bearings, spanner. I work on Green flag being able to change the bearings, and grease them, if there is a major issue - so long as I can provide them.
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Old 07 July 2014, 15:31   #6
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Come to think of it, I've got a complete hub incl bearings in the workshop, Il put it in a ziplock bag and chuck it in wheel well.

Dunno how I never thought of that before.
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Old 07 July 2014, 15:47   #7
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Old 07 July 2014, 16:35   #8
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spare bulbs, multimeter, WD40, pliers and small screwdriver...
...most of my issues have been with lights!

Car has its own jack which doesn't work for trailer..
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Old 07 July 2014, 16:49   #9
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One point i learned with the old sr....When the tyres flat i can't get the car jack low enough to go under the axle to lift it. The bottle jack goes low enough to get under it, but not with enough lift to get an inflated tyre on.

Now i carry both as i have to use both to change a flat for a good tyre.. But i know a 25 petrol tank with the vent closed will take the weight of an sr4 deluxe..... ;-)
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What do you take when towing?

Trolley jack, long bar, spare bearings, spare wheel, tyre pump, wind up torch, pliers for split pin. Screwdrivers , socket set big sockets to punch out bearing races. Tub of waterproof grease, insulation tape. Spare light board bulbs. Spare winch strap. Wheel clamps and hitch locks incase I ever needed to abandon boat. Caravan club membership with Green flag to fully cover trailer breakdown.
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spare wheel, set of bearings & grease, jack that will actually lift the trailer when it has a deflated tyre and a bit of timber to put under the jack if I can get it under there. Long wheel brace thingie with enough leverage to shift a rusted (errm) wheel nut. Couple of small wheel chocks. Spool of tape to stick broken bits back together. And the card and telephone number for Green Flag "Mayday" cover. There is no way I'm changing an offside wheel or bearing on the motorway hard shoulder. Mate from our dive club was killed by a lorry whilst doing just that - I'll phone and have a man with a big truck and lots of flashing lights to protect the area for that job.
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If you check your bearings a couple of times a year, why would you take spares with you just for towing ?
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I've made a couple of spare wheel carriers for some customers, I welded a stub axle to a bracket, that way they can take a fully greased hub already done with the spare wheel. You can take the hub off your trailer with the wheel still on it and swop them over in no time
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If you check your bearings a couple of times a year, why would you take spares with you just for towing ?

Because they never fail when the trailer is sat on the drive at home
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Your probably correct - Im just trying to avoid taking more spares than I need.

I did get a puncture the other day, first one in about 20 years on the road. My little 2ton jack struggled - so Ive ordered a 3ton one instead.

But being a 4 wheel trailer it was not a problem getting the jack under.
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Small trolley jack
Rattle gun
Adjustable spanner
Spare wheel nuts
two full sets bearings
Main castle nut and washers
Hammer
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Pliers
Split pins
Grease gun
Spare winch strap
Spare wheel
Couple rollers

All apart from the jack, it fits in a little dewalt carry bag I have,
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