Going To Go Get My Trailer

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  1. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    I ordered a trailer from Loadmaster in Port Clinton Ohio a few months ago.
    I decided a couple weeks ago to go pick it up and make a little trip out of it.
    My wife has a friend in Wyoming that has a tanning business that specializes in buffalo coats (they made Kurt Russell's coat in the Hateful Eight movie.)
    I thought we'd pick up the trailer and take our time coming back to visit the sights, then their shop.
    As I was mapping it out I noticed that Niagra Falls is only 4 1/2 hours or so away, so now we are spending a couple of nights in Ontario as neither of us has been there before.
    It's going to be more of a drive a lot type trip, but still should be a fun one.
    Looking forward to seeing the Great Lakes area, even if it is just driving through.
     
  2. Seapig

    Seapig Member

    55
    Dec 25, 2018
    Oakham MA or Winnipesaukee NH
    12 Sundancer 310 w Axius
    Twin 350 Mags w Bravo drives
    Yer trailering a 310?

    That’ll require permits and DOT stuff
     
  3. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    I know, but this trip is only to pick up the trailer.
    I shouldn't need anything special for that.
     
  4. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    When’s the trip? Beautiful time of the year in this area. The falls are about 90 minutes from us and quite a sight the first time you see them
     
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  5. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    We're leaving this Friday, staying at the falls Monday and Tuesday nights.
    I have the Marriott Fallsview hotel booked, says it's the closest to the falls on the Ontario side.
    Good to hear it's a food time for a visit.
     
  6. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    Nice trip! We are near Pittsburgh about 90 minutes from Erie PA. Port Clinton is a nice area too. Been to Niagara Falls a few times too.

    About 6 weeks ago my son had to drive from Pittsburgh to western North Dakota towing his 8000lb camper but he didn't have the luxury to stop and site see. Enjoy it!
     
  7. Maky

    Maky Member

    32
    Jul 13, 2017
    Lake St. Clair
    2008 240 Sundancer
    Single 5.0
    Be sure to follow their instructions as far as tightening the lugs after 30 miles. I swear I could have spun them off by hand.
     
  8. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Drive thru Canada and check out some of Michigan while you're at it! Sounds like a fun road trip.
     
  9. Seapig

    Seapig Member

    55
    Dec 25, 2018
    Oakham MA or Winnipesaukee NH
    12 Sundancer 310 w Axius
    Twin 350 Mags w Bravo drives
    How wide is the trailer?

    A 310 with an arch is 10’ wide (over width) and will be over 14’ tall if the trailer fenders are under the hull. If the
    “Keel” is less than a foot from the road surface, you’ll be OK on height but the wheels/fenders would have to be outside the hull making the trailer wider than the boat.

    Here’s mine ready for the road. Antennas and anchor light removed.
     

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  10. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    I plan on crossing around Port Huron on hwy 69 and traveling through Canada from there.
     
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  11. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    Here's mine when it was delivered from Lake Of The Ozarks.
     

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  12. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    If you're not in a hurry....consider crossing further south from 96 instead of 69 via Ambassador Bridge and making a lunch stop. There's a really good BBQ place (with a great beer selection) in Corktown called Slows. It's right across from the old Grand Central Station, a stones throw from the Canada crossing. A neat lunch spot. There's also a really cool distillery a few blocks west called St. James. Also worth a stop.

    Otherwise, enjoy your trip through Flint, MI on 69. I spent 5 years going to school in Flint...and can't recommend any stops for you :)
     
  13. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    Thank you, I'll look into that route.
    I just looked and see that goes right through Detroit.
    How's the traffic through there?
     
  14. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I'd imagine mid-day wouldn't be too bad? You can surely keep an eye on it as you approach the decision making point between 96 and 69.

    If your schedule has you further west around lunch/dinner time I'd suggest stopping on the Lake Michigan side if you have a chance. If you're coming up 94/196 you could stop at a couple of really cool waterfront spots in South Haven or Saugatuck. Then shoot straight across Michigan from there.
     
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  15. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    My original plan was to stay the night in Lansing, so that's appx the distance we'll be.
     
  16. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Port Clinton is where the high-speed ferries run to the village of Put-In Bay on South Bass Island. If you want to see Great Lakes boating destinations, that's one to see. The slower car/passenger ferry port is 10 minutes away from that. It drops you on the far side of the island from town, but the schedule is better.

    I agree that South Haven or Saugatuck would be good places to stop, I'd go north from there to the Grand Traverse area of Michigan and then up across the bridge with maybe a stop at Mackinac Island on the way.
     
  17. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Greg, I've driven that route from Port Huron/Sarnia to Niagara Falls. Nice trip and a fairly easy drive. I'd avoid downtown Detroit like the plague. The roads are horrible, traffic is heavy.

    Make sure you have all your trailer paperwork in order to ease going through customs on both sides of the border.
     
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  18. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    ...or get the trailer after the jaunt to Niagara.
     
  19. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    Getting the trailer on the way back.
    I wouldn't want to take it to Niagra Falls.
     
  20. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    If you cross at Port Huron to Niagara falls is 4 hours. The shorter distance to Port Clinton from there is crossing over to Buffalo and take 90 thru Erie and Cleveland.... You can call yourself an Erie Looper after that trip :)
     
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