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Different Causes of Boat Trailer Breakdown

Blog | February 28th, 2018

We hesitate to say that there is anything more important than your boat but we have to admit that your boat trailer is pretty important. Having a quality boat trailer on your side can make your days out on the water so much easier and more enjoyable. However, if you don’t get into the habit of practising proper boat trailer maintenance then you could end up running into some serious headaches. Today, we are going to focus on teaching you some of the most common causes of boat trailer breakdown. Some of these causes will be obvious but you still might learn something that could save you in the long run.

Common Boat Trailer Problems

No matter what boat trailer you decide to purchase, and we offer a variety of great options here at Sales Trailers, you are likely going to run into issues at some point in time. The best thing you can do in these situations is to be prepared and you can get prepared by knowing the common problems to look out for. With boat trailers the issues you are going to run into tend to be pretty simple so we’ll go ahead and lay them all out for you.

1) Tire Damage – No roads are perfect and with a boat trailer, every imperfection is really going to be felt by the tires that are keeping you on the road. Tires wear down over time in the best of situations. Taking care to drive safely and avoid potholes and pitfalls well help to alleviate some of your tire stress.

2) Bad Brakes – Always check the brakes on your boat trailer before every drive. Test the brakes in your driveway and make sure that your trailer is responsive. Time and wear-and-tear can do wonders to even the best brakes.

3) Rusted Axles – Rusted axles are one of the leading causes of boat trailer breakdowns. Axles can rust due to weather or salt water build-up. Routine maintenance can help to prevent these axles from breaking before it’s too late.

4) Broken Bearings – Rusted and busted bearings are the norm when it comes to boat trailers. This is another problem that is likely due to water or weather damage.

As you can see above, many of the most common problems you run into are going to be due to simple neglect. Having a maintenance plan in place can go a long way toward keeping your boat trailer on the road. Always be aware of the quality of the road you drive on as well as the weather and water-related wear-and-tear that you are subjecting your equipment to.