Many boat owners make the mistake of regularly inspecting their boat for issues, all while completing forgetting about doing a boat trailer inspection.
Don’t let a great day at the lake go sour because of boat trailer issues! Instead, check these 5 things before heading to the lake:
- Trailer Tires
Just as you would regularly check the tires on your tow vehicle, don’t neglect to check the tires on your trailer. Trailer tires have a life of 2-3 years – and 3 is pushing it! Be sure to look for any dry rot or splitting to avoid accidents on the road that can cause costly damage to your boat and trailer.
- Trailer Brakes
Whether your trailer has electric brakes or surge brakes, take a moment to take a short drive around the block and make a hard stop. Do the brakes feel strong? If not, take your trailer into your local boat dealer for a complete boat trailer inspection. Faulty brakes are not to be messed with!
- Trailer Chains
Chains can easily get worn down or damaged from dragging on the ground or going in and out of the water, so be sure to give them a once-over before pulling the boat trailer. Quick tip: when hooking up the chains, crisscross them under the tongue. The chains act as a backup plan should something ever happen to your coupler and the chains need to catch the tongue of your trailer.
- Trailer Electrical System & Lights
Once of the most obvious boat trailer issues is having a light out – and it will earn you a ticket if you get pulled over for it! Check lights each time you use the boat trailer, and be sure to check all electrical connections and wiring for corrosion, dry rot, or cracking.
- 5. Trailer Bunks, Rollers, Bow Stop
Sometimes these tiny components get overlooked, so when doing a boat trailer inspection, be sure to see if these are in good working condition. Trailer rollers and bunks cradle your boat on the trailer, so you want to make sure the bolts haven’t rusted out. Bow stops are also vital to loading your boat properly.
If you are in need of a full boat trailer inspection in Lewisville, Texas, be sure to bring your trailer into Buxton Marine Lewisville! Our service department will be happy to give your boat trailer a thorough inspection, point out any issues, and perform the necessary repairs.