Video presented by walleyeworkshop.com on how to maintain your boat trailer. You'll learn how to grease your trailer bearings, check tire pressure, lug nuts, lights and connections. ... read more
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You’ve seen us do our preventive maintenance on our outboards and our kicker by changing the gear lube and changing the crankcase oil. .
Today, with a long trip ahead of us, we’re going to make sure the trailer is up to snuff for the long trip. We’re going to make sure we have grease in the bearings, make sure our lug nuts are tight, we’re going to make sure the tire pressure is where it is supposed to be, we’re also going to check our lights and our electrical. So let’s get going. .
Okay, so to do the bearings… this trailer is equipped with what we call, it’s like a bearing buddy, there’s like a grease zerk on the inside of the cap here, the dust cover. It’s right here. It’s kind of a spring-loaded system. So when you are putting the grease into the zerk, you’ll see the spring kind of collapsing and the zerk will come out a little bit. That spring will keep that grease forced into the bearing when you travel. .
If we zoom in on here, when we load it up, you’ll see that spring coming out. You don’t want it to come all the way out tell it stops. Maybe just before it stops. .
Alright, we have the grease in there. You can see that spring collapse most of the way toward the outside of the grease fitting here. So that one is good to go. All we need to do is check the air in the tire and tighten the lug nuts. .
Alright, one tire is complete. We did the grease. We checked the lug nuts and we checked the air. We’re next going to do the other three tires. Then we’re going to check our lights and our electrical connections. .
Okay, we have all the tires where we need them as far as the air pressure, and the grease and the lug nuts and all that good stuff. .
Now we’re going to check the lights. We’re going to get in the truck and we’ll check the running lights, the turn signals and the brakes. .
Alright, we did all the light checks. Because this trailer is basically brand new, we don’t have a lot of issues with corrosion or anything like that. But if you do have an older trailer, one of the ways you can prevent corrosion is with some dielectric grease. .
Anywhere you have a connection here, be it in the main part of the truck, or in your five prong or four prong connector, get some dielectric grease on that. That will prevent it from getting corroded while your in storage, or just while the boat is getting dumped underwater, or whatever you are doing. .
We don’t seem to have any trouble with that. .
If you do have connection problems, or some of your lights aren’t working, 99 percent of the time you are probably looking at a grounding issue. Either you white wire is not making a good connection or your not getting a good connection between the truck and the trailer at the ball. So a lot of that is kind of simple stuff. You don’t want to wait until the day you are leaving to check on this stuff. .
Its two days before we leave for South Dakota. If we waited until the last minute, and we had a lighting issue, we’d end up leaving late because of it. .
So that’s about it. All this trailer maintenance is pretty simple. You don’t want to be that guy sitting on the side of the road with a blown bearing or getting a ticket because your lights are out. .
That’s it. Thanks for watch this week. Next week, not sure what we’ll be doing . But we’ll be doing something. We’ll be out in South Dakota. Maybe we’ll have some cool stuff from out there. .
Thanks for watching…See you! .
The Job Of A Boat Trailer
Trailers, specifically boat trailers, are used for a couple of things when it comes to your marine adventure. The main jobs of the boat trailer would be to carry or store your boat. But you also use the trailer to launch and retrieve your boat from the water.
Boat trailers are made up of several different components. They all have different jobs that when working properly and together, make for a smooth nautical adventure. From the bigger couplers, tongues, and jacks to the trailer lights and safety chains, all of these things are needed to for everything to work out.
If any of these items are not working properly, you won't be able to get your boat to where you need to go, so let's keep up to date on replacing the broken down.