Keeping your boat safe when you're on the open road starts before you even drive a single mile. Many of the most common trailering issues can be avoided by completing a thorough walkaround, checking various components. Here's our list of nine things worth checking when trailering your boat.
Boat Trailer Walkaround Tips
There are a few common problems that come along with trailering a boat. Every time you hook up your boat trailer there are a couple things you should check. Taking a few moments to give your trailer a once over could save you a lot of time and worry in the long run. Here's what should always be checked:
- Coupler - ball size and coupler size should be right for each other and latch properly.
- Safety Chains/Cables - cross them under the trailer tongue and attach them with grappling hooks.
- Brakes - hook up brake lines and check to see if brake fluid is needed.
- Tires - check tread and tire pressure, noting the maximum speed for your towing tires.
- Bearings - check that all lug nuts are secure and open the grease cap to ensure there's good grease inside.
- Drain Plug - remove excess water and replace the plug.
- Bunks and Rollers - check brackets for corrosion, replacing anything that looks suspect.
- Trailer Lights - have someone else press the brake and use the signal to ensure everything is firing properly.
- Secure Your Load - if your straps need adjusting or tightening, do so before you hit the road. Be sure to tuck any tails, too. Check your boat's interior for loose items like lifejackets and remove or secure them.
Properly Trailering Your Boat
By properly trailering your boat, you're setting yourself up for a smooth, worry-free drive to your next destination. Once you get the hang of it, running through this list to check everything will only take a few minutes. But, it can save you much more in the long run.
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