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Unread 07-16-2005, 04:33 PM   #1
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I want to take the BYC to a buddies house in two weeks. Got a 10 foot low boy trailer with a ramp lined up. I'm a bit worried about tipping the beast over. Plan on using a whole bunch of tie-downs and driving slow, less than 10 miles away.

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Unread 07-16-2005, 04:43 PM   #2
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It's all in the tie-downs. Have some one help you if you arn't experienced or comfortable with tying things down for transport. It's an art. A lot can happen in ten miles. It shouldn't be a problem but they are a bit top heavy and tie-downs will work loose when there is movement if they aren't secured properly. Thoes tie-dow straps from Harbor Freight work great. With rope you need to be more concerned about knots slipping. If nothing else just tie the piss out of it. Reminds me of the time I moved my girlfriends piano. It dam near fell out of my pickup truck! Go slow and you'll be fine.
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Sami,
Never hauled a BYC but got lots of experience hauling heavy equipment. Tie down in 4 points only. As close as you can get to the 4 corners. Anything else will just give bias in one direction or another. The general rule is, if the trailer were tipped upside down the load must stay attatched. Just watch the pot holes. Use bungees or tarp straps to keep the doors closed. They are elastic and much forgiving for load shifts.

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Unread 07-16-2005, 05:39 PM   #4
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General rule when hauling things that are tied down.....stop after a mile or so and recheck to make sure they're tight. If it's tied down right, you shouldn't have a problem.
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Having seen pics of your beast I'd use ratcheting tie-downs from the four corners of the cooker to the four corners of the trailer. I'd run one tie-down from the rail of the trailer over the cooker to the other rail at the end of the main smoke chamber. I'd do the same thing at the other end of that same chamber close to the verticle. I'd also run another tie-down from rail to rail over the verticle, making sure not to crimp the top edge of the door. If the bottom of the trailer is wood I would seriously consider using a few lengths of 2x4 to block the wheels and screw that into the floor of the trailer.

If you are buying new tie-downs and have an extra day or two take the time to stretch them out under some tension, and as suggested above pull over early on and check everything. Just watch the door and hinges when you put tension on the tie-downs and it should be a breeze.
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Get the heavy dity ratchet downs at Home Depot. They work great.

Hope you have a winch or good come-along to get that beast up the ramp.

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Ratchetin tie downs are a must.
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Ratchetin tie downs are a must.
I agree.......KC brought his Brinkman Cimmaron down with him last year for a cookoff and it road just fine, and he used the rachet tie downs, if I remember correctly.

Also, I think Phil hauls his BYC to compete with, so I'm sure he'll chime in here shortly........
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I agree.......KC brought his Brinkman Cimmaron down with him last year for a cookoff and it road just fine, and he used the rachet tie downs, if I remember correctly.
Absolutely, after hauling the Fast Eddy a couple times now (which is nothing if not top heavy) have it down to a routine.

If you can't find a good place to fasten to the top of the vert to prevent the tippy mod, use a strap around the upper portion of the vert, with a couple over the top holding the horz strap up to create a harness of sorts. A strap hooked to harness run to each side of the trailer for left/right stability and a third over the firebox pulling the cooker to the front of the trailer to prevent fore/aft movement should hold it in place for a cross country trip.
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I would seriously consider using a few lengths of 2x4 to block the wheels and screw that into the floor of the trailer.
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..stop after a mile or so and recheck to make sure they're tight.
another spot on piece of advice.

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I want to take the BYC to a buddies house in two weeks. Got a 10 foot low boy trailer with a ramp lined up. I'm a bit worried about tipping the beast over. Plan on using a whole bunch of tie-downs and driving slow, less than 10 miles away.

Any advice?
Aside from what everyone else has mentioned about tie downs, you might want to block up (elevate) the weight of the cooker off of the axle/wheels. The weight of the cooker plus the additional stress of the tie downs might be too much for the axle/wheel design. I do not know how heavy duty they are on your cooker, but on my Bandera, doing this would be a must.

Also, as Jorge has mentioned block up the bottom of the cooker with 2x`s so the bottom does`nt slide around. Whether the wheels are touching the trailer surface or not.
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Sami, I haul my BYC all the time. Its a top heavey beast so be careful getting it up the ramp too.
Becase of weight distribution, I put the BYC longways in, centered, and push it all the way up to the front. This puts the firebox over the axle and the vertical at the front of the trailer.

Chock the wheels, front and back of all the wheels with 4 - 2x4s and screw them into the floor.

I use 6 ratchet type tie downs.

Wrap a strap around chasis and crank it to the front of the low boy. Holds the fronts put and stops from sliding backwards.

Wrap a strap, centered, around the chimney, twice, then crank it to the side rails. stops tipping over.

Wrap a strap around the vertical as low as you can, and crank to siderails. Allso controls tipping.

Wrap 2 strap around the horizontal, one up against the vertical, one up againt the firebox and crank both down to siderail. I think u have 2 doors on yours? so I would wrap thru the door handles.

Wrap one around the firebox, loop the line thru the handle for the top door and strap to sides.


in additio to all of these.. I have installed 4 floor mounts just outside the wheel locations. I use short straps to mount the bottom rails to those 4 points.
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Sammich -

I don't have any advice other than asking you to take me along.
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I don't have any advice other than asking you to take me along.
Now there's an idea. Put TK on the traaaailer and let him wave at folks as you drive. You know he'd dive to the ground to save the pit if it came to that!
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