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04/12/2017
If you are looking for beginners tips to help you tow your trailer and your boat safely, this is the article for you. Included is information on what to check and which products to use for safe towing

A Basic Guide to Towing a Boat Safely

If you are new to owning a boat, then the chances are that you are also new to owning and driving with a trailer. While the idea can seem daunting, with visions of classic Benny Hill skits where you need to make scores of maneuvers just to turn around likely running through your head. And as amusing as it would be to watch, it isn’t at all a realistic example of what it is like to tow a trailer and a boat. If you are a new boat owner, you’re looking to buy one, or you are hauling another adventure vehicle on a trailer and need general towing advice and tips, Synthetics Northwest has some information below which can help.

Tire Pressure

Just like your towing vehicle, how well your trailer handles is determined by the pressure you have in your trailer’s tires. If the pressure is too low, then the trailer will be sluggish, along with causing your towing vehicle to pull dead weight. Of course, on the other hand, if your pressure is too high when you are navigating through an off-road track to reach a secluded jetty then you are in for a world of punctures. Whatever the driving conditions ahead are, be sure to adjust your pressure to match. Keep in mind that this could mean adjusting your trailer’s tire pressure as you change to different terrain.

Tire Condition

With your tire pressure taken care of, spend a few minutes in the lead up to your adventure to check the condition of your trailer’s tires. If you frequently drive over rocks or sharp debris, then small chunks can be taken out of your trailer’s tires. While these can seem small and often go unnoticed, they can lead to serious damage and safety concerns, such as a blowout on the freeway or while you’re trying to get out of a tricky spot on a camping trail.

Joints and Bearings

Give that you will be backing your trailer into the water you need to prepare your trailer for the task to prevent rust and corrosion. With this in mind, always use greases and lubricants which are designed for marine use. To buy high-quality marine focused grease for your trailer, click here to visit Synthetics Northwest‘s online store for AMSOIL’s Synthetic Water Resistant Grease which can provide a high level of protection for your boat trailer’s wheel bearings. If you aren’t sure which product you need, speak with a friendly expert by calling (503) 371-7184 and speak about the type of trailer you have and your needs.

Brakes

If your trailer is equipped with brakes, then it’s important to make sure they are in full working order each time you leave for an adventure. In fact, consider checking your trailer’s brakes a few days in advance in the event that they need to be repaired or replaced. Not only is this important for yours, your passengers and other road users’ safety, but it can also affect your vehicle’s ability to easily maneuver steep inclines.

Signal and Alerts

One of the most important safety features of any car are the signaling lights. These tell other road users the driver's intention and allow them to accommodate for the upcoming action, whether that be turning or a corner or braking in an emergency. Each time before you tow, make sure that the connection between your vehicle and your trailer is secure, and that all of your lights and indicators are working correctly.

What's Around and Behind You?

One of the biggest challenges which a driver faces when hauling a trailer and large boat is the reduced visibility. This can be dangerous when it comes time to change lanes, stop, and reverse. The best product for these situations is a set of wide-angle extendable side mirrors. These attach to your vehicle and act as a complement to your existing side mirrors. These can be adjusted to move in and out as your driving requirements change and afford the driver full visibility over their haul and obstacles around it.

Give Your Towing Vehicle a Kick Start With a Synthetic Oil Change in Salem, Or

If you're nervous about towing a trailer and a boat, it's okay to be. Towing a boat is a serious action which you should take seriously. Keep these tips and products in mind and always tow with safety and common sense. When it comes time for maintenance, whether it be your trailer, your boat, or even your towing vehicle, be sure that you're using the right products for the job. Click here to visit Synthetics Northwest's online store where you can browse through a range of products for all types of vehicles in your garage, including your trailer. If you prefer, a friendly synthetic oil change expert can help you find the right product for the job by calling (503) 371-7184. Synthetics Northwest stock an extensive range of high-quality AMSOIL synthetic oil products and are the best people to speak with for your engine oil needs.
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