Summer is here, and the season to get your boat out on the water is NOW. Owning a boat isn’t all fun and games, though, and there are definitely a few items on your boat maintenance checklist that must be ticked to keep your vessel running smoothly. However, your boat isn’t the only item you must maintain. The trailer you’re using to haul it comes with a checklist of its own. Here’s what you need to be doing to keep your boat trailer in good shape all summer long.
Trailer tires need regular maintenance checks to ensure they’re in good working order. Unlike car tires, trailer tires have stiff, inflexible sidewalls. Because of this, it’s not as easy to tell when trailer tires are underinflated, because they won’t sag like car tires will. Underinflated tires can lead to blowouts and other problems, so use a tire gauge to check the pressure before each trip. If your trailer is stored outside, plan on replacing these tires every 3 to 5 years, even if they appear to have adequate tread. The constant exposure to UV rays and sitting in one location for long periods of time lead to faster deterioration of the tire.
Keeping your trailer’s wheel bearings properly lubricated is another important maintenance job. Being exposed to both fresh and saltwater can lead to corrosion, but proper lubrication will help protect this important component of your trailer. Check the hubs and bearings and lubricate as necessary.
Rinse Your Trailer
Speaking of saltwater, it’s a good idea to give your trailer a thorough rinse after it’s been in the sea. Saltwater is very corrosive and will break down various parts of your trailer if it is not rinsed off. Take the time to do this after each outing – it’ll save you time and money in the long run.