your trailer after dipping in saltwater. Saltwater is incredibly
corrosive. Rinsing off the trailer will greatly prolong
your trailer’s useful life. This includes flushing your
Check your tire pressure. Trailer tires are different from
car tires so check the tire sidewall for correct tire pressure
(often 50-65 psi - much higher than your tow vehicle).
Check your tire tread. Use the penny test by inserting a penny
into the tread. The tread should touch the top of Abe Lincoln’s
Check the lights. Have someone depress the brake pedal and use
the turn signal while you stand behind the vehicle and ensure
the correct lights illuminate.
Use tie down straps. These inexpensive straps help secure
your boat to the trailer. Every boat should be secured with
several tie-down straps. Your winch strap is not a tie down
Check to make sure all of your fasteners are tight.
If you are storing your boat be sure to block and cover your
trailer tires. Remember rubber degrades when exposed to sunlight
and also rots when exposed to the ground. You may wish to
shade your tires. Moving your trailer periodically or jacking
your trailer off the ground will help reduce dry rotting of
Use safety chains correctly. Chris-cross the chains below
Do not put too much weight on your trailer. Gear can add a
lot of weight - even if your boat can handle all of the gear,
look at the weight rating on your trailer and do not exceed
the maximum weight.
Grease your bearings. You can learn more about this procedure
in this manual but remember if you do not have good grease
in your hubs, your trailer cannot roll.
We strongly encourage trailer owners to carry some equipment
in the event of an emergency. You should assemble an emergency
trailer repair kit. Contents can include a spare wheel and tire,
lug wrench, wheel chocks, bearing grease, extra hub assembly,
extra line (for the winch and tie-down straps), replacement
light bulbs, wheel bearings and road flares (or road markers).