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boat trailer

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, and Minnesotans, like you, are ready to get out there and enjoy activities like fishing, water skiing, and just enjoying a leisurely boat ride to end their evening. But before you start enjoying all things with your boat, you know there’s work to do. One thing on your checklist is going to be using your trailer to get your boat to the lake. Often overlooked, there are some essential questions to ask to ensure your boat trailer is in good shape before you hit the road.

Question # 1: Are the trailer lights in working order?

Your trailer lights are a safety precaution that you’ll want to pay attention to every time you use that trailer – whether it’s a one-time trip to the cabin or a weekly trip to the boat launch. Trailer lights will let other vehicles know that you are carrying a boat, and to keep a safe distance. Not only that, but checking to make sure those lights are working can save you money – driving with faulty trailer lights can get you a hefty fine. You’ll want to see if any of your lights are dim, flickering, or not working at all to make sure you’re safe everytime you hit the road with your boat in tow.

Question # 2: How are the trailer brakes working?

Your trailer brakes are another important safety feature. Most states require that you have installed brakes on at least one axle of your boat trailer. Checking on your brakes each spring ensures your trailer is safe for you and other motorists. If your trailer weighs above 3000 lbs, using just your vehicle brakes will cause your trailer to swerve. You’ll want to keep your brakes clean to ensure there is no dust or debris, and then check your brake pads for any wear and tear. Lastly, you’ll want to check your brake fluid levels to make sure your brakes work before heading out on the road.

Question # 3: What do your wheel bearings look like?

Your wheel bearings are an important part of a properly functioning boat trailer. If exposed to water or moisture over the winter, they can become corroded. If your wheel bearings become corroded or damaged, your wheels won’t turn properly, and can cause friction – which can result in accidents with your boat and trailer. You’ll want to check for rust and any corrosion.  In addition, you’ll want to grease your wheel bearings to reduce friction and promote safety.  You can also use this time to install bearing protectors that will help keep your wheel bearings in good shape all year long.

Question # 4: Are the tires properly inflated?

It probably goes without saying, but making sure your tires are in good shape is a must before you hit the road. You’ll want to make sure your tires are properly inflated to the appropriate pressure levels.  You’ll also want to check for damage to tires and rims. If you find any improperly inflated tires or damage to tires and rims, you’ll want to get those services before hauling your boat to the cabin.

Question # 5: Are the bunk rollers in good condition?

Lastly, you’ll also want to take a quick look at your bunk rollers to see if they are in good condition. You’ll want to make sure they support the hull of your boat and check to make sure they are in good condition to avoid any damage to your boat while traveling.

Whether you’re hauling your boat to your cabin for the summer or that boat slip down the road, answering these questions will help ensure an enjoyable summer no matter where you ride your boat.