Basic Trailering Checklist


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

Content courtesy of DiscoverBoating.com