As winter slowly creeps toward us, many are thinking of winterizing their boats. For some people, that simply means parking it in the driveway for the season. For others, it means renting space at a boat storage facility. No matter where your boat will be spending its winter, chances are that you will have to tow it.
We have talked about proper boat towing and the things you need to do before you call the season done. What we have not talked about is an all important towing tool: the trailer. Without proper attention, your trailer does not function properly and you pose a danger to everyone on the road. Use this checklist to be sure that your trailer is ready to haul your watercraft.
Trailer tires have a shorter life than you may think. The average trailer tire lasts two years…three if you are lucky. Before you decide it’s time to tow, give your tires a good once over. The thing you want to look for is dry rot and splitting. Any sign of wear to your tires means they need to be replaced.
Check all of your lights before you take off. Not only are dead bulbs a hazard, but they can earn you a traffic citation. Replace any bulbs before you deem your trailer road worthy.
Closely inspect any chains you utilize on your trailer. These handy pieces of equipment take more abuse than most people consider. If your chains drag, you can wear them through. Links weaken and chains snap. Replace your chains if you think you need to.
Test your brakes by running your trailer up and down the driveway. Both electric and surge brakes should be tested before you take off. Look for leaks and corrosion in and around the master cylinder as well.
- Electrical Connections
Look for corrosion of the terminals inside your electrical connector. Check out the current condition of the wiring. If you notice any splitting of coatings or fraying of cables, you’ll need to remedy the issue.
Making sure your trailer is in tip-top shape is one of the most important things you can do before you hitch your boat to your vehicle. Inspect your trailer before you hook up your boat, each and every time. Doing so keeps you safe, and it is safer for everyone else on the road.
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