Boat Trailer Maintenance

A to-do list for boat trailer maintenance can be quite lengthy. Britton’s has put together a few items to get you started. We want to be sure you are safe in your travels.

Check before you leave

In Lake Havasu gets visitors from all over the country. We get boats towed from California and even Alaska to get on the lake and enjoy our winter sunshine. Whether you are hauling on the highway or taking the scenic route with country roads, your trailer can take a beating. Be sure to always inspect and maintain your boat trailer maintenance before a big road trip. You should even check if you are making a small journey into a secluded area because you don’t want to get stranded out of cell phone range.

Keep Your Tires Inflated

If you ignore your tires, your next adventure could be ruined.   As with any vehicle, the correct tire inflation (PSI) is essential. Also, the PSI is usually on the side of the tire. Also, most trailers have a sticker plate that lists the proper size tire that your trailer needs. Both size and PSI are crucial for good tire life.

If a tire’s PSI is too low, you will get an uneven amount of wear on the edges. If it’s over-inflated, the exact opposite will happen. The tire will wear in the center of the tread. To avoid either of these issues follow the manufacturer’s recommended PSI.

More tips for your tires.

In the desert, the sun can be brutal. For this reason, you will want to cover your tires if your trailer will be sitting for long periods of times.
Also, examine the tire stems periodically.

Check for tread depth, always. The trusted method of taking a penny and placing it in the tread is a good determiner. To do this, take a penny and place in the tread. If you can see the head of the figure on the coin, tire tread is worn. Here’s a video to show you what to do.

Inspect your wheel bearings

Another step for proper trailer maintenance is taking a look at the wheel bearings.  Wheel bearings should be resealed/repacked once a year. Trailer bearings allow the wheel to spin with minimum friction and a constant supply of grease is necessary. As a result, the bearings will overheat without grease.  Additionally, this heat can destroy the bearings and wheels.

Hearing squeaks or grinding noises?  These kinds of noises could mean you need to replace your wheel bearings. Check if your wheels are spinning freely, this could also be of concern. If in question see a professional mechanic.

Check the lights

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), boat trailers are required to have stop lights, tail lights, turn signals, and reflectors. Trailers that are 80 inches wide or over 30 feet long need additional lights and reflectors.
When checking your trailer lights, you will want to look out for burnt-out bulbs that need replacement. Also look for damaged wires and make sure that all electrical is appropriately connected.

Britton’s Auto, Truck and RV Center want to make sure you are safe on your journeys.  Call us if you need any repairs or yearly maintenance for your boat trailer.  In addition, we also work on all kinds of trailers.  (928) 505-3535

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