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Old 07-08-2015, 10:14 PM   #1
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re: Towing older 5er, what to do for towing prep?

Hi All,

Reading the discussion on tires has me wondering. We have a 1997 5er that has about 200 miles on it, and I think from what I understand, I'm being somewhat generous on the milage.

My questions are these, what do I need to do to get it ready for a 180 mile road trip? This would be a one way trip.

I have the spare tire in the basement, should I trust that one? Can I replace the others with cheap ones, just enough to get the 5er to the next place? What about the bearings? Axels? Anything else that I would need to look at?

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Old 07-09-2015, 12:34 AM   #2
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Tires , bearings and BRAKES.

A friend who picked up a 12 year old 5er, that hadn't moved in 6 years, and had 2 flats in the first 3 miles, and he only had to go 9 miles on a 50 MPH limit road.
For 180, or 1,800, you have to make sure everything related to safe travel, is in good operating order.

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Old 07-09-2015, 01:42 AM   #3
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get new tires!!!!!!!! inspect and repack wheel bearings!!!!!!!!!
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If it isn't going to move afterwards, have it flat bedded there...it may be cheaper that new tires, bearings and brake job...and the cost to haul...
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