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When It’s Time to Hit the Water

13 Jun Blog | Comments

Towing a boat is a situation that places demands on both your driving skills and your vehicle. Here are 10 tips that you should know in order to transport your boat and trailer safely.

1. Approximately 60 percent of the boat’s weight should be positioned on the front half of the trailer and 40 percent to the rear.

2. The boat should also be balanced from side to side. If your boat has side mounted fuel or water tanks and only one side is filled it will cause you to maneuver poorly.  Proper balancing will also prolong the life of your trailers tires.

3. Before hooking up to the trailer, make sure your vehicle is full of oil and gas.  Remember, it is a lot easier to get gas at a gas station without a boat and trailer attached.

4. Make sure the vehicle has plenty of water in the radiator and fluid in the transmission. Towing a boat can often time’s cause a motor to work harder and strain a transmission.

5. Check the tires for proper inflation. If you have a dual-wheeled vehicle make sure there aren’t any “hidden” flats

6. Connect the safety chains, and if equipped, attach the safety brake chain.

7. Before starting out on a trip, practice turning, stopping and backing up your boat trailer.  Do this in an area away from traffic such as a vacant parking lot.

8. Make sure your mirrors give you ample vision around both sides of the boat and trailer and if not, look into getting modified mirrors for your vehicle.

9. Check the trailer’s turn signal, running and brake lights.

10. Check the trailer’s tires for proper inflation and make sure the lug nuts are tightened, losing a wheel can prove to be disastrous, especially if the loose wheel strikes another vehicle.


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