Boat Trailer Maintenance and Servicing Is Essential In The Marine Environment.
Quay Marine carry out full servicing of all types of boat trailer and we generally recommended that boat trailers have a full service every 6 or 12 months depending on the level of use. Having your trailer professionally serviced will significantly reduce the chance of having a trailer towing incident.
TRAILER TIPS & GENERAL ADVICE
Do not put too much weight on the trailer. Adding boat gear can add a lot of weight - even if your boat can handle all of the gear, look at the weight rating on your trailer and do not exceed the maximum weight.
Wash your trailer
After each use, especially if it was in saltwater. Do this every time! Rinse every part of the trailer with fresh water, especially the suspension and behind the wheels. Flush out the brakes if your trailer is equipped with a flush kit. Saltwater is very corrosive so protect your trailer's moving parts with anti-corrosion spray - nuts & bolts, leaf-springs and winch gears.
Use tie down straps.
These inexpensive ratchet-type straps help secure your boat to the trailer. Tie down the transom and the bow - even if your winch strap is already connected.
Do this regularly by remove the hub cover., locate the grease fitting - it's the "nipple" that fits into the female end of a grease gun. Squeeze grease from the gun until bearings are well lubricated but not too full. You can use heavy duty disk brake grease or marine grease. When towing, stop from time to time and touch the hubs for excess heat - they should not feel any hotter than a cup of coffee. Milky grease is a sign that it has been compromised by water. If this happens, repack all bearings.
Lubricate wheel nuts
Doing so will help you to loosen them when you change tyres. This is especially important if you are fixing a flat by the side of the road. Wheel nuts tend to rust easily. Use Copper slip to lubricate the threads to stop them seizing.
Check your tyres
Trailer tyres are different from car/truck tires. Check the tyre sidewall for correct pressure and ensure the tread depth is not below the legal limit. Cracks in the sidewall mean they need replacing before you go on the road again.
Check your lightboard
Have someone depress the brake pedal and use the indicators while you stand behind the vehicle and ensure the correct lights illuminate. Replace bulbs as required.
Storing the trailer
Check fasteners and all trailer hardware to make sure they're tight. Protect your tyres - rubber degrades when exposed to sunlight and also rots when exposed to the ground. You may wish to shade your tyres or move the trailer periodically or jack up off the ground to help reduce dry rotting of your tyres.
Trailer spares kit
Carry emergency equipment for your trailer. Make a trailer emergency kit that contains a spare wheel and tyre, lug wrench, wheel chocks, bearing grease, spare wheel bearings, extra line (for the winch and tie-down straps), replacement light bulbs and a breakdown warning triangle.
Don't have time for any of this maintenace - call Quay Marine today.