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FIVE BASIC RULES OF TRAILER  MAITANENCE:

  • Check tire Presure often
  • Check Brake fluid every trip or at least once a month if in storage
  • Check lug nuts every trip - If wheel has been removed check after 20 & 50 miles
  • Service hubs / axles / brakes twice a year or every 10 dunkings
  • Service steel parts such as springs and all trailer components in accordance with manufacturer specifications

Here we answer the "tie down" question. In a nut shell: You are required to have 2 connections between the boat and trailer:

#1 is the winch on the bow stop with strap passing UNDER the bow roller and attaching to the boat's bow eye. This alone is supposed to be enough to stop the boat from surging forward in an accident. However, if a safety strap is used at this point, it does little good unless it is istalled in such a way that it prevents any forward movement in the event of an emergency.

#2 is a transom strap; sometimes two straps go from the stern tow eyes to the trailer frame.

#3 On aluminum trailers it is recommended when taking long trips that a belly strap be used; that is one tie down going from the center line cleat on the port side passing all the way under the trailer and up to the center line cleat on the starboard side.

 FLORIDA BRAKE LAW (SUMMARIZED):

Florida Statute Title XXIII Chapter 316 States that brake equipment is required ON ALL WHEELS of any trailer with:
  • More then one axle
  • Gross weight exceeding 3,000 pounds
  • or total weight exceeding 40% of the gross weight of the towing vehicle.

There are similar laws in all other States.

MORE BRAKE INFORMATION:

Trailers equiped with hydraulic brakes have an Actuator instead of a coupler. This is part of a braking system that works independently of the vehicles brakes.

Disc brakes work just as well in reverse as they do in forward so a BRAKE BACKUP SOLENOID (BBS) is usualy used to interupt the braking just for backing up.

To back up with a BBS you must add one step to your driving habits: after stopping, in preparation to backup you must "release the trailer brakes". To do so simply roll forward an inch or two then stop very gently. This insures the brakes are disengaged. Then shift into reverse and you should be able to back up without activating the brakes.

Tire pressure is very important! Keep all trailer tires at the recommended PSI

Check the Trailer Brake Fluid every time you use the trailer and at least once a month when in storage.

For Trailers without a BBS some couplers must be "pinned" for backing. This varies by model. Contact us or the actuator manufacturer for details.

Drum, Electric, and Electric over Hydraulic brakes do not work in reverse.

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