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On the Road with a Trailer: Drive Cautiously
  • Drive at moderate speeds and avoid sudden maneuvers.
  • On long trips, pull over every hour or so to check the towing vehicle, trailer, tires, trailer coupling, and gear in the vessel.
Allow for the Added Length and Weight of the Trailer
  • Make wider turns at corners and curves.
  • Allow extra time and distance for stopping and for passing other vehicles.Steer wider on corners to clear curbs.
Preparing to Launch
Inspecting your boat prior to launching away from the boat ramp

Prepare to launch well away from the boat ramp so that you don't block ramp traffic.

  • Transfer all equipment and supplies to the vessel.
  • Disconnect trailer lights from the towing vehicle.
  • Remove all tie-down straps before backing down the ramp but leave the trailer winch line securely attached to the vessel.
  • Make sure the vessel's drain plug is in place.
  • Tie a rope to the vessel's bow to use to control the vessel if necessary during launching.