May 16, 2006
On The Road Again (with boat in tow)
I travel a fair amount for work and most of the time I have a boat in tow. Most boaters have at one time or another trailered a boat – some of us may only go the short distance from the backyard to the town ramp but some often drive long distances to their favorite lake, a vacation home, or a regatta. But, regardless of how far you go, you should always inspect the trailer and boat before hitting the road to avoid any mishaps that most of the times are just embarrassing but could also have the potential for causing serious harm.
I recommend reviewing the following checklist before towing your boat:
- Check tire pressure and lug nuts (this is a biggy - I once lost a tire while underway simply because I didn’t check
the lugnuts – what made it worse was that it was a brand new trailer)
- Check that all lights work
- Check that brakes work and you know how to work them
- Double check the hookup from trailer to tow vehicle: safety chains are secure, break away cable is in tack,
electrical plug is tight, the coupler is locked and pinned, and that the vehicle is equipped with the correct size
- Raise the tongue jack once the trailer is connected to the vehicle
- Make sure the boat is secure to the trailer using the winch assembly cable and that the appropriate tie down
straps at the transom are secured to the boat and trailer (not over the tube)
- Grease bearing according to the owners manual provided with the trailer
- Check that the trailer frame is level with the truck to prevent any sway or excess pressure on any of the axles.
- Insure that the bunks/rollers are in place, have not moved, and are properly supporting the hull
- Make sure the trailer plate is secure and you have a copy of the registration in the car.
Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any other checks you perform before trailering your boat.
Posted by ribcraftusa at May 16, 2006 02:19 PMBack To Index