Tips For Trailering Your Boat

TIPS FOR TRAILERING YOUR BOAT

NEVER ATTEMPT TO TOW YOUR BOAT AND TRAILER UNTIL YOU ARE SURE THAT:

  • The coupler, hitch and hitch ball are all matched in size
  • The Coupler and safety chains are safely secured to the hitch
  • You have checked all fasteners for proper tightness
  • The boat is surely tied down to the trailer (the winch line is NOT a tie down)
  • The trailer wheel lug nuts are properly tightened
  • The trailer wheel bearings are properly adjusted and maintained
  • The load is within the maximum load carrying capacity
  • The tow vehicle and trailer tires are properly inflated
  • All tow vehicle and trailer lighting is working properly
  • The trailer brakes are properly adjusted and working (if the trailer is so equipped)

“When Something Goes Wrong,” a report in the February/March 2004 issue of BoatU.S. Trailering magazine cites the top three reasons for roadside breakdowns.

#1 reason: Flat Tires: You can take care of your tires but you can’t always take good care of the road surfaces your tires travel upon. Almost half (43%) of all calls for assistance can be chocked up to the simple but age old problem of flat tires. Ironically, it’s one of the easiest to fix when you have prepared for it. Have both a trailer and tow vehicle spare with you and practice changing them. For example, a tandem axle trailer can easily be driven up on a curb so the flat tire is off the pavement.

#2 reason: Bearing Failures: The second most common reason (20% of all calls for roadside assistance) is trailer bearing failures. The BoatU.S. Trailering club recommends that bearings be inspected and repacked at a minimum each time the tow vehicle has its oil changed. A trailer that is rarely used may need to have bearings inspected and repacked as often as one that is used often. When traveling long distances, bearings should be inspected at every gas station fill up and checked for leaking grease, hub heat buildup, smoking or wheel noise – indicators that something is not right.

#3 reason: Tow Vehicle Problems: The third most common problem phoned in to the BoatU.S. 24-hour Dispatch Center doesn’t involve the trailer, but the tow vehicle. Fifteen percent of all cases were the result of running out of fuel, being locked out of the vehicle, or the need for a jump start.

Most Importantly Cover Your Trailered Boat

Cover Your Trailered Boat

The Seal Skin™ 1200 is our most powerful cover available. This lightweight cover features unmatched strength and durability. The 1200 denier fabric is waterproof and provides excellent protection against sun, rain, wind and snow. The breathable fabric provides superior air circulation that protects against mildew, dampness and musty odors. The cover is designed specifically for trailering and is easy to install thanks to our Seal Skin™ adjustable straps.

FEATURES

  • We offer our Seal Skin™ 1200 in three popular colors – Navy Blue, Grey & Ocean Blue.
  • Superior 1200 denier polyester fabric. Won’t shrink or stretch.
  • Double stitched seams with rot-proof threads provide added strength and water resistance.
  • Superior breathability ensures air circulation and protects against mildew, dampness and musty odors.
  • Treated with advanced UV inhibitors for protection against harmful UV rays.
  • Sewn-in rope cord hem ensures a tight, secure fit.
  • EliteFit strapping systems built specifically for trailering.
  • Fade-resistant finish.
  • 10 Year Warranty Directly from Seal Skin.

1200 denier polyester fabric

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