I’m often asked for a “top-10” list when it comes to routine trailer maintenance – which is a great idea. The checklist below is something we’ve developed to help ensure you’re able to maximize the time you get on the water. After all, a safe and hassle-free experience on the trailer means more time on the water with family and friends...
1 Always check for proper air pressure (Our 14 inch tires require 50 to 60 psi, while 15 inch tires will need 65)
2 Check lug nuts for proper torque using a quality torque wrench – 100 ft lbs. is recommended.
3 Be sure all trailer lights are working correctly before every trip. Turn on flashers and parking lights and do a walk around.
4 Check the height of your hitch. We recommend 16 to 18 inches to the base of the trailer ball.
5 Know the tow rating of your vehicle, the hitch and the GVWR of the trailer.
6 Inspect for leaks – oil, grease, air or brake fluid.
7 Make sure the boat is secured on the trailer. Check the winch strap and rear tie-downs for tightness.
8 Inspect the winch stand for firmness. If necessary, tighten the bolts on the main frame and the joint of the stand.
9 If your trailer has brakes, ensure the brake fluid level is within 3/8” of the top of the reservoir.
10 Finally, if you’re using your boat and trailer in saltwater, remember to wash down with freshwater after each use.
Engineering, Ranger Boats