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Question Preparing Sea-Doo for road trip

I am planning a road trip from Miami, Fl to Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have a Sea-Doo Spark 2up that id like to bring along with me. I have the trailer and everything... just wondering if anyone of you have ever done a long road trip while hauling a Sea-Doo. I just have a few questions id like answers to before leaving mid-May.

1. Is it a good idea to plastic wrap the entire Sea-Doo for traveling?

2. What is the best way to prevent theft? I have the Spark locked to the trailer with a wire rope, a coupler lock to prevent the trailer from being taken off the hitch, and a hitch lock to prevent the hitch being taken off my car.. is there anything else I can do?

3. Any specific trailer maintenance that should be done? I bought the trailer new in February.. I keep everything oiled up pretty good.. I plan on buying a spare tire incase something happens while driving.

I appreciate any information!!

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I am planning a road trip from Miami, Fl to Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have a Sea-Doo Spark 2up that id like to bring along with me. I have the trailer and everything... just wondering if anyone of you have ever done a long road trip while hauling a Sea-Doo. I just have a few questions id like answers to before leaving mid-May.

1. Is it a good idea to plastic wrap the entire Sea-Doo for traveling?

2. What is the best way to prevent theft? I have the Spark locked to the trailer with a wire rope, a coupler lock to prevent the trailer from being taken off the hitch, and a hitch lock to prevent the hitch being taken off my car.. is there anything else I can do?

3. Any specific trailer maintenance that should be done? I bought the trailer new in February.. I keep everything oiled up pretty good.. I plan on buying a spare tire incase something happens while driving.

I appreciate any information!!

Thanks
That sounds like a great trip! I think you should be pretty good with locking everything down like you said, the biggest thing is just make it enough of a pain to take that they will just go after something else, if you wrap it make sure what you are wrapping it with isn't going to flap on the seadoo or it will mark the plastics, for the trailer, if it is pretty new it should be ok, but I always put "bearing buddies" on the hubs and just grease them once in a while, definitely have a spare tire, and make sure you have tools to get the tire changed, if I am going on a road trip I make sure I have my battery impact with me and a torque wrench and a small hydraulic jack, it may be overkill but if I did have a flat on the trailer it wouldn't take more than 15-20 mins to change it out.
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I recently went the other direction, from Minnesota to Florida in December. I would not cover the Spark at all. I started out with a cover on the Spark, but it caused a great deal of wind resistance and affected gas milage, so I pulled it off after a few hours. The spare tire and changing equipment is a good idea, but as your trailer and tires are new you should have no issues.

I took no special precautions for theft. Pretty unlikely anything would happen, and I am insured.
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I am planning a road trip from Miami, Fl to Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have a Sea-Doo Spark 2up that id like to bring along with me. I have the trailer and everything... just wondering if anyone of you have ever done a long road trip while hauling a Sea-Doo. I just have a few questions id like answers to before leaving mid-May.

1. Is it a good idea to plastic wrap the entire Sea-Doo for traveling?

2. What is the best way to prevent theft? I have the Spark locked to the trailer with a wire rope, a coupler lock to prevent the trailer from being taken off the hitch, and a hitch lock to prevent the hitch being taken off my car.. is there anything else I can do?

3. Any specific trailer maintenance that should be done? I bought the trailer new in February.. I keep everything oiled up pretty good.. I plan on buying a spare tire incase something happens while driving.

I appreciate any information!!

Thanks
I have taken mine a couple of times from Cincinnati to Onekama, MI. I trailer it with the Seadoo Cover on. I have never locked it to the trailer, but that is a good idea. I have it hitched locked to the ball of the car. I guess if someone really wanted to steal it, that could unbolt the ball from the receiver. That is why I have insurance! Enjoy your trip!
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Greeting from southwest Michigan. I've been towing boats long distances my entire life. For what it's worth, the factory seadoo spark covers trailer very nicely. They don't flap around or rub the plastics. They're felt lined on the nose for added protection as well. A spare tire and equipment to change is an absolute must. If you have a flat, get another spare first chance you get, and make sure it's inflated before you leave. I've blown trailer tires with less than a hundred miles on them. You don't want to have to unhitch your spark and leave it on the side of the interstate while you try to find a spare. As far as Michigan goes - I live very close to Grand Rapids and have to go there fairly often. It's a good town; I wouldn't worry about theft. BUT - Michigan has "no fault" clauses on insurance. I wouldn't dream of trailering it here without full coverage insurance. In Michigan, if some teenaged girl rear ends you while sending a text message and destroys your PWC and trailer - it's not "her fault," and she's not liable for your damage. YOUR insurance has to pay. If it's not fully covered, you lose it. Your vehicle insurance should cover your liability - meaning if it somehow gets disconnected and hits another car, it will pay for your liability, but will NOT cover your seadoo. You would need coverage separately on your boat. Some food for thought... Have a great trip! Riding on Lake Michigan is a blast.
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Like stated above the Sea Doo Spark covers are very nice. They stay on and don't flap. One thing for sure strap down the back of the Spark. The Spark cover has a zippered opening in the rear so that you can still have the cover on and strapped from both sides.

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Greeting from southwest Michigan. I've been towing boats long distances my entire life. For what it's worth, the factory seadoo spark covers trailer very nicely. They don't flap around or rub the plastics. They're felt lined on the nose for added protection as well. A spare tire and equipment to change is an absolute must. If you have a flat, get another spare first chance you get, and make sure it's inflated before you leave. I've blown trailer tires with less than a hundred miles on them. You don't want to have to unhitch your spark and leave it on the side of the interstate while you try to find a spare. As far as Michigan goes - I live very close to Grand Rapids and have to go there fairly often. It's a good town; I wouldn't worry about theft. BUT - Michigan has "no fault" clauses on insurance. I wouldn't dream of trailering it here without full coverage insurance. In Michigan, if some teenaged girl rear ends you while sending a text message and destroys your PWC and trailer - it's not "her fault," and she's not liable for your damage. YOUR insurance has to pay. If it's not fully covered, you lose it. Your vehicle insurance should cover your liability - meaning if it somehow gets disconnected and hits another car, it will pay for your liability, but will NOT cover your seadoo. You would need coverage separately on your boat. Some food for thought... Have a great trip! Riding on Lake Michigan is a blast.
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