Trailering a boat is a delicate process, but once you get the hang of it it’s no big deal. Follow these trailering tips and enjoy your day on the water!
Especially if you’ve never trailered a boat before, you should make a checklist to make sure you’ve followed all the steps to hooking up your boat. The last thing you want is for it to slide off mid-drive.
Before you get on the road experiment a little on your street or in your driveway so you know how to control your trailering vehicle. See how long it takes you to stop before you get on the highway. If you don’t give yourself enough room to stop, your trailer can push you right into the car in front of you. Even if you have trailer brakes, it’s still better to be cautious.
When you’re backing out of the drive, put your hands on the bottom of the wheel and move it in the direction you want the trailer to go. You use the bottom of the wheel because the movements are slighter, and you only need a little bit of force to turn the trailer in the right direction. When you’re on the road and going forward, it is incredibly important to make sure you’re taking wide enough turns. Your trailer won’t turn as wide as you, so if you turn too narrow, you’ll probably knock it into the curb.
If you are looking for a great vehicle to hook your boat to, stop by Sun State Ford and we can help you out!