Five Ways To Get The Best Boat Trailer In The Market

by Harold Spencer

A boat trailer is more than just something that provides you a means to transport your boat around. The main purpose, of course, would be to store the boat conveniently, but it can also allow you to go on the road and see new places. Good trailers must perform both duties equally as good.

The trailer is often an afterthought when people buy a brand new boat for themselves. They can always get a trailer on the cheap anyway. But choosing the right trailer can help you enjoy your boating experience - here are five tips to help you out.

First, look for a trailer with larger wheels and tires. The larger tires will rotate less times per mile, producing less heat and wear on the tread. Wheel bearings also rotate less times per mile, thus guaranteeing a longer lifespan.

Don't allow the boat's total weight, including the motor, go past the halfway mark of the trailer's capacity. You shouldn't pick a 2,500 capacity trailer if you have a boat with the same weight.

Your new trailer must match the purpose you had purchased your boat for. If you plan to launch in salt water, you'll need a trailer for that purpose. Different trailers have different purposes, so don't assume they are all the same. Just make sure to buy a trailer that is made out of Teflexon, or 100% friction-free plastic to reduce the chances of damage.

You should look for trailers with "drive on" capabilities. As the name implies, drive on trailers would let you drive the boat right onto the trailer, making it easier to winch the boat up.

Select trailer lights (for the highway) that are protected and sealed against water.

Most trailers are weatherproof and rustproof, but you should still be choosing the trailer that matches the terrain your boat will be used with. This way, you have no worries about your trailer not doing the job it should be. There would also be trailers where you can launch into shallow areas, so keep the electrical system free of water at all times.

A spare tire would be a great piece of equipment to have on your trailer if you're going to be traveling far from home. It may be hard to replace trailer tires when you're in a dark, unpopulated area, but a spare is always a great thing to have in case you get a flat. Your ace in the hole would be the warranty, which most brand new trailers would come with, and even some used trailers have a lifetime warranty too - make sure you ask about this.

That said, it is necessary to look for the best deal possible and invest your money on a reputable boat trailer. You can use the trailer to take the boat anywhere, and to store your boat when you're not using it. You can get the most out of your boating experience with a trailer that will prove easy to operate and maintain.

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