Maintaining your boat trailer for stress-free towing

“State troopers often encounter motorists pulling trailers that are experiencing breakdowns. Most often it involves a flat tire or trailer wheel bearing.

Basic trailer maintenance involves greasing the wheel bearings. Wheel bearing failure can occur when maintenance is neglected. A trailer’s wheel bearings are often neglected because they are out of sight.

A loose, worn or damaged wheel bearing is the most common cause of brakes to grab and lock up. This generally leads to tire failure, whether a flat or a blow out from the heat generated. I’ve seen hubs break off and fires caused from these issues.”

Read other tips about preparing your boat trailer for travel here.

Another aspect of boat trailer maintenance is ensuring that the trailer lighting works. If the brake lights are not working properly then other motorists may not have enough time to react if you stop suddenly. Perhaps the most important thing that doesn’t even involve maintenance is to ensure that your load is safely secured. If a crash occurs, you’ll likely face a citation and/or charges otherwise.

The team at Robbinsdale Marine offer boat trailer repair services such as lighting, roller repair, and electrical wiring. Call us at 763-533-0300 or visit our boat trailer repair page for more information.

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