Season Starters: Spring Trailer Inspection Tips
April 28, 2016
In this article and accompanying video, we’ll walk you through some key items to check on your boat trailer before making your first launch.
As you’ll see, there are a lot of moving parts to a trailer, and failing to inspect them can lead to some major headaches down the road (no pun intended).
1.) Coupler: Check the coupler and latch for smooth operation. Periodically grease the latch and coupler spring.
2.) Safety chains/cable: A weak link in your safety chains or rusted cables could cost you your rig should the coupler detach on the highway. Spring for some new chains and cables if the old ones have deteriorated to the point where the metal is flaking off and wearing thin.
3.) Brake actuator: Periodically add grease to the actuator rollers via the grease fittings. Also, check the brake fluid level and top off if necessary. Check for signs of leakage around the cap and replace the cap seal if necessary.