Safety Tips for Towing Your Boat


More than 95% of boats in the United States are trailerable. If you're a trailer-boater like me, you know that our persistent nightmare is looking in the rear view mirror and visiting our trailer, with boat astride firm with our tow car. As he saw his 28 footer rolling through the 23, I have had friends lose their rigs. So, if you don't think trailer safety should have a special place in your heart, you have not towed a boat!

Here are some hints I gathered from experience, and out of boaters who have had experience.

Make certain your tow vehicle has the horsepower to do the job. Place one in if it does not have an oil heating system to help keep it from overheating. A burned-out transmission or safety isn't a to get a reliable towing vehicle in the event that you have to devote a little more.

Think about weight, the dimensions and length of your ship and capacity of this trailer when you're looking around for a tow vehicle. And remember...a rear-drive vehicle is exceptional to a front wheel drive vehicle when it comes to getting your boat in and out of a slippery boat ramp.

Find a wide space such as a vacant parking lot, and clinic maneuvering, turning and financing your trailer. Set to look like the advantages of a boat ramp. If you make a mistake , you eliminate a empty milk jug.

A fantastic trick for practicing financing a trailer is to put your hand on the base of the steering wheel. Move your hand to the left, the trailer moves left. If you move your hand to the 11, what happens?

You will find trailer hitches and harmful ones. A bumper hitch should not be used and is for towing in several nations prohibited.

NBC has not more electronic equipment than Contemporary tow vehicles. You should never attempt to modify or put in a trailer wiring harness unless you really understand what you're doing. A computer module that is very expensive might just burn out.

Gradually, assess for cracks in the welds in your trailer, and tighten any bolts that may have worked loose. Trailers have a beating on rougher roads, and are rougher than normal for some reason.

Just take some time to attach the trailer to the tow properly, and be sure that the ball is properly engaged and secured to the hitch.

Ensure the electrical connections into brakes and the lights are operating. And until you back a trailer into the water, then unplug the lights. It is going to help save your bulbs. Don't forget to plug them back together until you take off.

Connect a safety chain from the trailer post into the bow of your ship, and so that a surge won't force the ship to slip the back of the trailer off.

Safety chains should be crossed underneath the hitch. Use bolted connections rather than"S" hooks, which can actually s-t-r-e-t-c-h under intense strain. Fix the chains if needed to stop them from dragging along the ground.

Attach a chain or extra strap in the rear of the ship to the trailer to keep the boat from lurching into the rear of the tow car if you need to stop. The bow of your boat sticking through the back part of your vehicle is not a pretty sight!

Check winch cable, chains and your boat straps frequently, and replace them if they look worn or frayed.

If you utilize"posture friends," make sure they're tight about the axle and filled (but not overfilled) using dirt. The seals can be blown by overfilling out of their home.

Prior to leaving home or departing the launching ramp, open a can of pop and take a leisurely stroll around the trailer and the tow car. Make certain everything is hooked up properly, locked, strapped down, secure and make sure it's fully inflated.

When you get to the start ramp, take your time getting the boat before launch squared off. These minutes you spend making sure your boating safety equipment is ready will offer bearings and your brakes a chance to cool down. If they're hot when you dip them into that water that is cold, you're taking a risk of seizing the bearings.

If your trailer has brakes (advocated for gross weight over 1,500 lbs ), be sure they are adjusted and functioning properly. If they are"surge" brakes, then see to it that the brake fluid reservoir is full.

Keep your trailer tires and your tow car tires properly inflated.

Make sure the tire jack you intend to use in an emergency will match properly under the axles or lifting factors... before you have to use it.

When trailering, keep a fire extinguisher on the winch or in the tow car stem. Lots of things may happen to put it to good use...a posture catching fire, someone throwing a cigarette into or on your ship when you're stopped for lunch...use your imagination.

Make sure you know your condition trailering laws. In case your load exceeds eight feet The majority of states require a permit to tow.

Always stay in your car while you start your ship. No driver, no entry to the brake pedal, which activates the brake on all four wheels. The wheels are only set by the hand or parking brake.

Carry spare bulbs for your trailer lighting.

The vehicle, and more will handle poorly. The trailer, and less is likely to fishtail.

Follow these suggestions and it is likely your trailering encounters will be uneventful and safe.