Boat Trailering

A series of articles of trailering, trailer maintenance, and trailer parts.

Tow Vehicles: How Big is Big Enough?

Sure, it's a mighty impressive truck, but you don't need that much might to pull the family runabout.

In addition to spending far too much time looking at used boats on BoatTrader.com, even though I don’t need another, I just as often look at gently used … [Read more...]

The Boat-Tow Truck I Wish Someone Would Build

VW's 3.0-liter TDI diesel deserves a home in half-ton tow vehicles.

After towing a 4,200-pound boat trailer with Volkswagen’s fantastic Touareg TDI, I was amazed at the fuel economy. By keeping the cruise engaged at 60 … [Read more...]

Owning a Trailerable Boat: Hidden Costs

A simple trailer ramp can make wheel chores simpler.

One thing they won’t tell you—and whatever “they” you have in mind is fine with me—is that there are a number of ongoing costs associated with … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Brakes: Surge vs. Electric-over-Hydraulic

A typical surge-brake actuator. Photo courtesy of Atwood.

There are plenty of advantages to owning a trailerable boat as opposed to one that you keep in a slip or on a mooring. If you're shopping for such a boat, … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Chains: The Art of Hooking Up

Even if your state doesn't require safety chains with closeout clasps, such as those pictured above, they are a good idea because they are less likely to fall off as you travel over over bumpy roads.

If you're thinking of buying a trailerable boat, remember that there are two types of people at the launch ramp – those who are prepared and those who … [Read more...]

Five Tips for Ramp Launching

Avoid the ramp follies: If you get out of line backing down, drive back up, straighten things out, and start again.

One would hope all boaters wouldn’t need a guide like this to tell you how to launch a boat, but some do. That said, we realize we walk a thin line between … [Read more...]

Boat Trailer Maintenance

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A third of the 100,000 plus boats for sale on this website are listed with trailers. That's no surprise because according to BoatUS, nearly 7 million Americans … [Read more...]

Boat Trailering: the Tow Vehicle

What boat fits behind this tow package and how far will it go

Driving down the road the other day I noticed a pick-up truck pulling an empty boat trailer. I started to wonder what kind of boat would fit on the trailer. … [Read more...]

Terror On The Highway – Six Sins For Guaranteed Trailer Trouble!

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By Captain Mike Genoun Whether you’re a novice angler or seasoned seaman you need to remember that corrosion doesn’t discriminate. Repeated immersion … [Read more...]

Innovative Lighting Sidemarker Lights For Trailers

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When hauling a trailer, a simple way to help prevent collisions on the road is to make sure it is highly visible by other drivers. That's easy to accomplish … [Read more...]



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