Towing Your Boat Trailer
Towing a Trailer
Before you hit the road, be sure to check the following:
- Always make sure that your tires are properly inflated to the PSI recommendation on the side of the tire.
- Next, be sure to check to see if your trailer's coupler is securely attached to the trailer ball on your tow vehicle.
- Check your safety chains or cables to see if they are properly attached to your tow vehicle. Remember to always crisscross your chains/cables under the tongue of your trailer. This crisscross prevents the tongue from dropping to the road if the coupler or ball hitch should fail.
- Take a walk around your trailer and check your trailers running lights, stop lights, and turn signals to ensure they are functioning properly.
- Always remember to check the lug nuts on your trailer to ensure they are tight.
- Regularly and before each trip check all nuts and bolts to ensure they are secure and tight.
- Regularly check your trailer's tires for wear and tear.
- Follow your owner’s manual instructions for regular maintenance.
- Check and pack wheel bearings yearly.
- Finally, make sure your boat is secure to the trailer. Check to see if the bow eye safety chain is secure and check your rear tie downs to see if they are safe and tight.
Storage and maintenance:
- If you are using your trailer in salt or brackish water, it’s a good idea to rinse down your trailer with fresh water after each use. This cleaning will extend the life of your trailer significantly.
- If you own a painted trailer, try using a good car wax to help protect the finish. Touch up paint is available through us, or a local Pacific dealer.
- Check your trailer's coupler for any unusual wear or damage. It is also important to keep the coupler clean and lubricated with a light coat of grease in the ball cavity.