Don’t Neglect Your Boat Trailer!
Let’s talk about boat trailers – so often the neglected part of many boating rigs.
First off, while the trailer is on the ground, give the wheels a good shake and look for any movement, loosen and re-tighten the wheel nuts one at a time to make sure they are not seized.
Next, jack the trailer up and spin the wheels. If they spin smoothly and quietly - all good, but if you hear any grumbling bearing noises it’s time for new bearings; a seized wheel nut or faulty bearing in your garage may be a nuisance, but on the side of the road it could be a very expensive tow truck journey.
Always carry a spare wheel, as well as a suitable wheel brace and jack as the one supplied with your car may not fit your trailer.
Check your tyre pressures - a semi-deflated tyre will build up a lot of heat and may cause a blowout.
Check all your trailer lights are in good working order.
Put a little grease on your trailer coupling.
Check your winch wire cable or strap for any signs of wear and tear. Always stand to the side of the winch when putting the boat on the trailer - if the winch cable snaps and flies back it could result in serious injury.
Check your tie downs and safety chains on boat and trailer.
Also, fitting your trailer with a motor support bracket is always a good idea; it saves damage to the transom of your boat and the engine mounts on your outboard from road shock by allowing the load to be taken by the trailer.
With a bit of basic maintenance your next trip should be a happy and safe one.
Merry Christmas, and Safe Boating!
Brisbane Boat Buyers.