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04/12/2017
If you are towing your boat over long distances, then it's important that you know a few safety and general tips before you head off. This article has information to help you safely tow your boat.

Hauling Your Boat Safely and Responsibly

If you are lucky enough to be spending your time traveling around the country in an RV or a regular everyday drive, then you know the benefits which life on the road can provide. From visiting never before imagined destinations to experiencing adventures beyond belief, making your way around this country is a great lifestyle. And as expansive as the opportunities for adventure are, they are vastly diversified by the inclusion of a boat. A boat allows you and your traveling companions to explore places only accessible via water, along with enjoying all of the benefits the water and vast ocean have to offer. One of the biggest barriers to hauling a boat over long distances is a driver's hesitation in towing a trailer, let alone one with a boat on it. If this sounds like you, Bill Rigdon AMSOIL Dealer has some easy tips to follow.

Check Your Connections

Just like all good top tip lists, this one starts with the safety of other road users and pedestrians. The connections between your car and your trailer are all there is between you performing your duties of indicating your driving directions, and other road users being made aware of said intentions. Each time before you start to drive, which could mean every day if you're enjoying an 'on the road' lifestyle, make sure that your car-to-trailer connections are secure and working.

Don't Take a Guess

Imagine a situation where you are attempting to overtake another vehicle or maneuver around an object and hear a very angry sounding horn or a scraping and crunching sound. Situations like this can easily be avoided with the use of appropriate rearview side mirrors. An extension of your car's existing mirror's, wide-angle and long-reach side mirrors allow drivers the ability to see the entirety of their trailer load, along with what's behind and around it. Keep your trailer and its bearings in good shape by only using the best products, like AMSOIL's Synthetic Water Resistant Grease. Click here to visit the online store to buy high-quality synthetic oil. If you prefer, call Bill Rigdon AMSOIL Dealer at (503) 329-9004 for expert advice and help to find the right oil or grease.

Tire Pressure

Just like your car, how much pressure, there is in your trailer's tires can determine how long they last and the speed they can safely accomplish. As you stop for gas, always check the pressure in your tires. Given the weight, they're carrying and the terrain they have to endure, it's easy for them to lose pressure. Of course, it's important to remember that checking and correcting tire pressure doesn't just mean pumping them up. If your tire pressure is too high, it can lead to unnecessary punctures over rough terrain. Check the details on the tire and make sure the actual pressure matches.

Tire Condition

While you're checking the pressure, take a good look at the condition of your tires. In particular, look for any places where there are small chunks or nicks cut away. This is often caused by driving over or scraping against a sharp rock. These small cuts have the potential to cause a tire blow out as you drive, leading to the possibility of an accident. If you are unsure about your tire pressure, click here for a general guide to consider.

Brakes

Of course, all maintenance and safety tips aren't geared towards helping you and your trailer move. Once you reach your destination, you're going to need to stop. If your trailer includes brakes, always check their condition during your regular inspections, or around every three months, depending on your usage. If your brakes include a grinding indicator and you can hear the sound, don't ignore it - replace them!

Rust and Corrosion

Too many owners pay attention to rust and corrosion on and in their vehicles, however, neglect to pay attention to their trailer. This is despite their trailer being the vehicle which comes into contact with the most water. Each time that you take your boat out of the water and home or back on the road, always dry your trailer and check for any instances of corrosion. To keep your bearings in good shape, always use a marine focused grease which can repel water and maintain its position where it's needed.

It's More Than Your Car Which Needs a Synthetic Oil Change in Oatfield

Just as your car's engine need maintenance and the right products to operate at peak performance, so too does your boat's engine. Call Bill Rigdon AMSOIL Dealer at (503) 329-9004 for advice and information to help you find the best engine oil for your boat. Ask about products like AMSOIL's Synthetic Water Resistant Grease which has been purpose designed to resist wash out and keep your trailer's bearings in good shape over long durations. You can click here to buy high-quality engine oil and greases from AMSOIL's online store and trust that you will receive high-quality products suited to your engine needs.
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