This time of year many boating enthusiasts are putting aside winter blues to spend more time on the water. But in order to get the most out of your boating experience, you need to make sure that your trailer is ready to carry your boat safely and efficiently. Here are a few things to remember before every trailer trip.

Before you leave, be sure to check:

• Coupler Attachment

• Lug nuts for tightness 

• Lights are working properly 

• Safety Chains

• Tires- Make sure they are properly and fully inflated to avoid blow-outs. If you buy a spare, get tires with the same tow rating.

• Boat secured to trailer- This sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember. If it’s not properly secured to your trailer, you risk the boat coming loose. 


On the road:

• Avoid quick stops and sudden maneuvers- Your tow vehicle is pulling a lot of extra weight, so it will take longer to slow down and turn safely. 

• Avoid cutting tight corners- This can damage your axels and the sidewalls of your tires.

• Keep your line of sight unhindered- Make sure you can see the trailer in your rear view mirror. It’s not a good idea in general to pile suitcases and fishing gear so high that you cannot see through the back of your vehicle, but it’s even more important when you’re towing a trailer. Keep your side mirrors properly adjusted so you can see clearly. 

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