Boat Trailer Maintenance
There are about 7 million Americans with boat trailers and it's possible you've seen a few parked by the roadside because of trailer problems. People with boat trailers hardly pay attention to the foundations of their boats especially when it works just fine but this isn't the best way to enjoy the lifespan of the boat. With regular and scheduled maintenance, you can bank on your boat trailer without fear of it developing faults. Here are the major reasons trailers break down:
- Flat Tires
- Wheel Bearing Failures
- Axle Problems
- Suspension Problems
- Tongue/Coupling Trouble
Boat trailers have problems primarily due to under inflation. The fact that the tire won't say like a car tire when under inflated compounds this problem. You have to check your tire pressure on a regular basis with a tire gauge to be sure it's in good condition. Tires should also be replaced within 3-5 years of use even if they appear to be in good condition. Check your trailer tires before and after use.
Wheel Bearing Maintenance
The fact that boat trailer wheels are often immersed in corrosive salt water makes their maintenance crucial. Use spring loaded hub to constantly lubricate the wheel bearings. Even if it only contact fresh water, you still need this lubricant to extend the lifespan of the wheel. Those trailers that don't get immersed in water are also subject to corrosion and need lubrication.
Axle, suspension, and tongue
When you're done with the maintenance mentioned in previous points, there's still s lot more to do. There's more to boat trailer maintenance than visual corrosion as is evident in cases where there are no corrosion but the axle or suspension have coupling problems.
Tips For Boat Trailer Maintenance
- Check and lubricate your boat trailer’s wheel bearings to ensure there are no complications with your wheel bearings when in transit.
- Re-tension the trailers wheel nuts. It is not only dangerous to drive around with loose nuts, it can lead to serious damage on the boat trailer.
- Inspect your trailer for possible cracks or rusted areas which may eventually become brittle. Do this particularly at those times when you just take your boat out of water. Clean your trailer after each use to prevent corrosion.
- Check the boat trailer rollers, split fins and brackets. Your rollers should spin freely and be clean of any product pot grease that could be stuck between the spindles and the rollers.
- Ensure the trailer winch is functional at full working condition. Verify the condition of your winch strap and if necessary, lubricate the gears. This is highly important to prevent major damage from occurring to the boat and the person retrieving it.
- Inspect the boat trailers lights and lighting board to ensure that the wiring exists in full working condition. This way, other road users will be able to make out where you're going and possible collision will be prevented.
The best form of maintenance you can give to your body trailer is to be proactive. In the short and log run, it is safer and more cost effective than being reactive.