Parking your boat and trailer on a down hill slope.

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Stingrayaxe, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Member

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    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 SeaRay 205 Sport
    2008 GMC Envoy
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    My trailer has surge brakes on one of the two axles. My buddy gets use of a lake house from time to time. They invite the admiral and me to join them. Maybe because I have the boat?? Anyway, the house is on a steep down hill street. What's the best method for parking? I know to turn the wheel into the curb. I chock the wheels on the trailer. Should I allow the trailer to run down hill into the hitch so the surge brakes assist? Or should I chock the trailer and pull forward slightly to take the pressure off of the truck before setting the parking brake and putting it into park? I'm thinking the second way is best. I welcome your thoughts.
     
  2. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    IMO the second method is best.....chock the trailer tires (both sides) then ease the trailer forward until the tires are wedged against the chocks and the pressure is relived from the surge actuator.....no need to keep constant pressure on the braking system and tow vehicle transmission if it is not needed....then set the parking brakes of the tow vehicle and put the transmission in park.....this will act as a secondary stop if the chocks do not hold as expected....turning the front tires of the tow vehicle into a curb doesn't hurt if you have that option.....you could also use a second set of chocks on the tow vehicle......

    cliff
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017

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