Why do we spend so much time on trailers? Simple without the trailer your not going fishing!!!! In this section of the site we have tried to list as many useful hints and tips to cover all aspects of the trailer.

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Trailer Maintenance

This is one of the most important parts of owning your trailer. Given proper care, your Boat Trailer should give you many years of service. We suggest that you wash your trailer with a detergent soap each time you use it. Lubricate parts on your trailer with a product such as a silicone spray or Teflon spray. This will keep moving parts in good working order & prolong their life. If you notice signs of light rust on your trailer or any of the component parts, clean, sand the area down and coat with a rust preventive such as cold galvanized spray. If the part is heavily rusted, remove and replace immediately.

Remember: salt water begins its eating process as your trailer sets at the ramp all day. The more effort in servicing & maintain your trailer, the longer it will last you.

With proper set-up and maintenance your Boat Trailer will give you many years of service. You should carefully read all materials given to you by your dealer and read all warning labels on your trailer.

Warranty & Registration

Please read your warranty documents carefully and fill out any warranty papers within 7 days and sent off to the respective manufacturer. Always keep a copy of all papers.

Couplers

Make sure the trailer coupler & hitch ball are the same size. Never use a different size hitch ball than recommended. The proper ball size is listed on the top of the trailer coupler or on the compliance plate. Make sure the coupler latch closes firmly with a snug fit to the hitch ball. You can adjust the nut at the bottom of the coupler for proper tightness to the hitch ball. It is suggested to have a locking device on the coupler latch for safety. If the coupler or coupler latch should become bent or deformed in any matter, it is advised not to use the trailer until a new coupler assembly is installed.

Safety Chains

Make sure both hooks of the safety chains are securely fastened to the towing vehicle. If the chains are too long, you can twist the chains to shorten the length. This will prevent the chains from dragging. Make sure to leave sufficient length for turning.

Hubs & Wheel Bearings

You can change the bearings yourself, or get a mechanic to do it for you. You might also want to fit 'bearing buddies' - they're inexpensive, and they extend the life of bearings from approximately six months to two years with average use.

Hubs must be kept full of grease at all times. A high-speed waterproof wheel bearing grease should be used. Keeping fresh grease in your hubs will increase the life of your bearings and cut down on the possibility of bearing failure. The following steps should be completed at least twice a year for bearing maintenance.

To check your bearings, raise your tire and wheel clear of the road surface, spin the wheel and listen for grinding sound or roughness. This indicates that you may have a bearing problem. The bearing should be smooth, and no sound should occur.

Check for side play of the hub by pushing on one side of the wheel and pulling on the other. No noticeable side play should occur. We recommend carrying an extra set of bearings and grease.

Bearings lubrication should be checked each time before towing. Failure to do so may result in bearing failure.

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