Most inflatable boats can travel in the trunk or on the roof of a car or van, making it possible to navigate more often and into many more places. However, an inflatable is also easily transportable with a trailer.
Before purchasing a trailer, you must consider the weights of each of the key elements (your vehicle, complete boat with motor and accessories, trailer) and the adaptability of the trailer to your situation.
Don’t hesitate to purchase a trailer that is slightly more robust than the weight you will be transporting. Be sure the wheels are wide and well adapted to long trips and, of course, a spare tire is a must.
Choose a trailer with numerous rollers on the ramp so that your inflatable is well protected and prefer a tipping hinged shaft that will make launching and recovery easier.
To secure your inflatable boat , use the rings on the hull and also have 2 straps that you can slip into the boat handles to for added security. Protect the tubes against chafing with cloth or pieces of carpet.
Get all the necessary information from your local motor vehicle office about the driving regulations concerning trailers (registration, weight and speed limits) and make sure you get insurance for the trailer.
Get used to the additional size before you depart on a trip. You will be handling (length, width, weight, visibility) by practicing simple maneuvers like passing, backing up and parking in your neighborhood or parking lot.
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Used trailers are generally in a poor condition and can sometimes seem to be more of a liability than an asset. (But not always, especially if the boat has been regularly moved from cruise to cruise area). Ensure it fits the boat, providing sufficient support, and determine the existence and extent of rust, particularly in any box sections.
Brakes often become seized due to their frequent immersion in salt water, so don’t be put off immediately if this is the case. However, do check carefully how easily they release. Inspect the cables, making sure they appear to be good condition. Lastly, check the brakes don’t scrape or bind when the trailer is being towed.
Jack up the trailer and check for play in the wheel bearings. Also spin the wheel, listening for noise from the bearings. If the bearings are noisy, then the trailer is not in a good state to tow the boat. Always carry a spare wheel bearing when towing on road.
Check the Draw Bar and Hitch ensuring that the coupling bolts are tight. Brake the trailer and attempt to manoeuvre the hitch, checking for wear. Try to push the hitch back towards the trailer, it should slide slowly with some resistance. It should not slip in easily or seize up.
Winch mechanism; check the strap for deterioration. If there is a winch wire, then you’re better off replacing it with a strap, as this is a much safer option. Inspect the winch mechanism for jammed or worn pawls.
Trailer board; check that there is one, and that all lights are working.
Tow carefully and safely to enjoy your boating .
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