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Boat hauling is easy and anyone can do it. Whether you’re a beginner or have hundreds of miles under your belt, we’ve put together information to help you trailer your boat in a proper and safe manner.
Use this helpful checklist to transport your boat safety from home to the launch and back again. Never tow your boat trailer before you check to be sure:
Coupler, hitch and hitch ball are the same size
Coupler and safety chains are safely secured to hitch of tow vehicle
All fasteners are properly tightened
Boat is securely tied down to trailer (winch line is not a tie down)
Wheel lug nuts are properly tightened
Wheel bearings are properly adjusted and maintained
Load is within maximum load-carrying capacity
Tires are properly inflated
All trailer lighting is working properly
Trailer brakes are properly adjusted and working (if trailer is so equipped)
Be sure to check local and state requirements regarding brakes and any additional equipment that may be required
Trailering laws vary somewhat from state to state and are often based on weight and beam. Before you head out on the open road, make sure your boat trailer adheres to all the state regulations. At a minimum, all trailers need to have working taillights and brake lights, and most states require registration of the trailer with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Find more information in the following links:
BoatU.S. Trailering Club, Trailering Laws
American Boating Association, U.S. State Towing Laws
Learn how to launch your boat properly in our next section.
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