Need to Trailer Your Boat? Got the car and the equipment to do it?
Trailering a Boat provides you the freedom to explore new lakes and rivers or coastal waterways and this is why Trailering is so popular today. With nearly 85% of the Boats today under 26′ feet you can see why this is the most popular mode of storage and transporting.
Towing a Boat
Buckys will provide information you need to for Trailer maintenance and certification, plus does your vehicle have the horsepower to tow your Boat and getting the right towing equipment.
Routine maintenance of your Trailer is a must. This can be done with the Boat on or off the Trailer. Most of the Boat Trailers today are made of aluminum so this material is resistant to rusting or corrosion however your bearing and electrical equipment is not. Check your bearing every month or so and add
grease as you see it’s visibly dry. Do this inspection by removing the center caps. Once a year those bearing should be cleaned and re-packed with axle grease. With this help of someone else check the brake lights and turn signals. Replace light bulbs as needed. After every trip to the Boat Ramp be sure to hose down the Trailer to clean it of saltwater and/or debris before storing the Boat.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association has developed a Trailer certification program to help Boat Trailer manufacturers comply with established industry standards and safety regulations, and to help inform the public of such compliance when purchasing trailers. Ensure the Trailer you have meet this certification program.
It maybe time to trade in the family MPV or your sports car for a 4×4, but before you do be sure to find out what the ‘dry weight’ of the Boat is (you can get this from the owners manual) and with that information ask your car dealer which vehicle would be best. If you have a car already read your owners manual to find your towing capacity.
Tip: take the ‘dry weight’ of the Boat and add a few hundred pounds since the dry weight does not calculate fuel, water and equipment on-board.
Do you have a tow bar on your vehicle? Well this probably wouldn’t be good enough for towing a few thousand pounds. You’ll need a Towing Package set-up that would be connected directly to the frame of the Boat. There are 4 classes of rated trailer tow bars according to gross vehicle weight rating system; one has a maximum of 2,000 pounds; two has a maximum of 3,500 pounds; three has a maximum of 5,000 pounds and four has a maximum of 10,000 pounds. The weight of your boat, trailer, and equipment should never exceed this capacity.
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