Tips on trailering

Discussion in 'Trailering' started by Owendy, Jun 6, 2022.

  1. Owendy

    Owendy New Member

    Jun 6, 2022
    Owens & Sons aluminum slideron trailer
    Basic Boat Trailering Tips

    Always allow extra following distances and braking times.

    Never start like a jackrabbit. ...

    Swing wide around turns, to avoid clipping the curb with a trailer tire.

    If you sense any swaying in the rig, pull over and redistribute weight. ...

    Change lanes very slowly.

    and also a good quality trailer same as
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    Boatless in WA
    No motor
    Nice reminder tips, and welcome to CSR.
  3. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    I think it was an advertisement disguised as common sense trailering tips

    except this one

    “If you sense any swaying in the rig, pull over and redistribute weight. ...”

    That would be interesting to watch :)
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2022
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  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    Boatless in WA
    No motor
    Blue, I was mainly trying to be nice on a Monday morning. I saw his signature and suspected it was an ad.
  5. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Ya …. I am already pissed off when I wake up on mondays…. Someone wished me happy Monday in a text this morning….I was like wtf :)
  6. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    When I am having that kind of day and someone says "Have a nice day", I say "Thanks, but I have other plans."
  7. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    Western NY (Lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Generator, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA M-3
    You must be younger than me, after the weekend you had with those bikers and all that eye candy dressed in leather, I’d be looking forward to the rest.
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  8. BlakBeard

    BlakBeard New Member

    Apr 16, 2022
    Bethlehem, PA
    2006 240SD
    2006 Lowe FS175
    2017 Expedition MAX
    350 Mag/Bravo III
    Mercury 90hp EFI 2 stroke
    Mercury 9.9hp 4 stroke
    Grip the bottom of the steering wheel(6 o'clock), knuckles up, and push in the direction you want the trailer to go.

    Best advice I've ever received when it comes to backing up a trailer.
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  9. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    After 5 years of owning trailer boats the best advice I could ever offer: buy a boat that stays in the water full time.

    Boat ramps are like the Walmart of boating. They have their place but should generally be avoided if at all possible.
  10. JayhawkCurtis

    JayhawkCurtis Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2021
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    350 Mag Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    Awesome, I am stealing that.
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  11. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    Sundancer 250 ‘91
    7.4 Bravo 1
    OMG. I was about to post this same advice. Good job.
    Except it didn’t take me 5 years, I knew from the get go I wasn’t going to be that guy.
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  12. JHornsby3

    JHornsby3 Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2020
    Sheridan Oregon
    "Steele'y Tutz"
    1992 300 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L W/Alpha One Gen II
    That is one reason we only hit the ramp on weekdays.

    First trip out with our runabout and went to get the pick up. Local guide didn't want to listen to dad that I was getting the tow rig. He backed his trailer in the outcoming lane and used his outboards to push ours out of the way. Put a big gouge on one side and a hole in the bow on the other. Then fled in his boat and the tow rig driver left. Called harbor patrol and they knew the guy from doing this all the time. It was hard not to laugh when the officer told him he was done and lost his slip. Dad also got a $1500 check from the guy.

    I wanted to fix a few spots on the boat so I already had the repair stuff in the barn.
  13. Hoplite808

    Hoplite808 Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2022
    Honolulu, HI
    1996 Sea Ray 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4 LX MPI EFI (Gen. V)
    When launching in salt water always fresh water rinse the trailer before parking it after the launch.

    A good habit to extend the life of the wheel bearings is to always add some grease to them before and after use. Salt water especially can mix with the grease when a bad seal is present and become quite corrosive. Adding a bit of grease after a day on the water makes sure to push any potentially contaminated grease out of the bearings to avoid this.

    Always check the air pressure and overall condition in the tires before leaving the parking stall. There is a four digit code marked on the sidewall of all tires sold in the US that will also tell you the age of a tire. First 2 digits in the code are the week of the year the tire was made and the second 2 are the year.
  14. Christo

    Christo Active Member

    Feb 7, 2021
    2004 225 Weekender
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI/Bravo III Drive
    The sway actually happened to me Blue, when I was trailering my boat out to the lake right after purchasing it. Going about 60mph and glance in the side mirror, the boat is all over the road, didn’t hit the brakes, just let off the gas, nice and easy til it settled down. All the cars behind me backed way off, scared the shit outta me! Took it nice and easy the rest of the way and stopped to fill up the tank…the dipshit place I bought it from had not loaded it all the way on the trailer, it was almost 12” from where it should’ve been. I keep it in a slip all summer but when I do trailer it, I always make sure it sits where it needs to, learned that lesson, thankfully without tossing my new boat.
  15. John Sukkar

    John Sukkar New Member

    Nov 13, 2022
    2006 Sea Ray Sundancer 240, Lowrance 9 Ti2
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI w/Bravo III Drive
    All really good advice! Although I went the other way, after having a boat in a slip for a long time vowed only have trailer boats in the future (long list of mooring gripes). So I put up with the yahoos at the ramp and try to get there at sparrows fart or on weekdays.

    The SD240 is a heavy girl to tow. 2500kg dry and 800kg trailer plus fuel and gear that's around 3500kg all up (we're metric down under). I tow with a supercharged Land Cruiser with air bags - feels stable and plenty of power. When I got the boat the first thing I did was change out all the straps that were not even fit for a dirt bike and the boat was swaying around a bit on the trailer and felt like a death trap towing it home when I first picked it up - it's one solid unit with the trailer now, 2000kg straps all around. The worst part is dealing with string side winds on sime passes and that causes a bit of sway, but you just need to slow it down.

    Also, make sure rollers brackets are not bent. Some of the center rollers on mine had to be straightened up and lubed. And the bolts tend to rust out, so I've gotten into a habit of changing the bolts out and using anti-seaize on them annually. At some point I'll swap the traier out for an aluminium one to reduce the corrosion issue.
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  16. Steve255AJ

    Steve255AJ Member

    Sep 29, 2021
    Six Mile , SC
    255 AMBERJACK, 1985
    (trailered on) VENTURE COMMANDER SERIES 7300
    5.7L (350) 260HP; SINGLE. ALPHA 1
    I agree with STEE6043 with regard to boat ramps being the walmart of boating but it also can be considered free entertainment of a sort, lol. The boat ramp I use now is fairly new triple with nice docks in a very rural area. If you get there before 8 it's very quiet and easy to launch. Years ago, however, when I lived in Plymouth MA. the boat ramp there was exactly as STEE6043 is referring to. Total *hit show on any summer weekend, idiots who have no idea what they are doing. The old folks would set up there chairs on the bulk head and watch the comedy all day. I had a mooring right in front of Plymouth Rock so I only had to launch in May and haul in late September. Twice per year was more than enough, LOL.
    Obviously, if you have the $$ to throw away on a slip, that is the way to go!
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  17. Scott215

    Scott215 Active Member

    Jun 4, 2022
    2006 215 weekender 5.0 mpi
    5.0 mpi alpha 1 gen 2
    Where does the fresh water come from
  18. JHornsby3

    JHornsby3 Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2020
    Sheridan Oregon
    "Steele'y Tutz"
    1992 300 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L W/Alpha One Gen II
    The launch ramps near me both have fresh water to flush engines and do a quick wash down. One side of the ramp is the launch side, the other is retrieve side.
  19. Phil S

    Phil S Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2020
    Former 2004 300DA
    5.0 MPIs and Bravo IIIs
    New boat incoming
    Sundolphin 9-foot Tender
    9.9hp Mercury OB
    I was wondering this too -- as the couple places I use are basically dirt parking lots with what could possibly be described as a ramp.

    I have this old pump up sprayer (for weeds) and you can put a few gallons of fresh water in that at home. Then all you need to do is pump it up and you can spray down the wheels with it.
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  20. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha I Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    I remember "back in the day" when that saying first became popular. My usual reply is "Don't tell me what kind of day to have!", but I'll have to take yours for a test ride the next time someone says that to me.

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