Time To Put The Toys Away

By Pat Piper
Published: Summer 2013

Maintaining your trailer in the off-season is as important as doing so
when it's in use
.

Photo of a boat and trailer stored on grassy area

Outdoor Warrior

Park the trailer on concrete if possible. Parking on grass will result in moisture that can harm the trailer frame. If grass is your only option, park the trailer rig over plywood.

Pull The Plug

Place a block of wood under the trailer jack to raise the bow. This will help rainwater and melting snow drain out.

Spare The Tires

Removing the tires deters theft, but it also helps avoid flat spots on tires caused by sitting in one position for a long period of time while holding the weight of the boat.

If tires are removed, place jackstand(s) under the axle(s) as close to the wheels as possible. Do not place stands in the center of the axle because this could bend it.

If you can't remove the tires, cover them (there are trailer tire covers available at most marine centers). The sun's UV rays can harm tires over a long period of time.

Theft Protection:
Keep Your Boat Safe In Storage

  • Face the trailer tongue away from the street.
  • Remove all electronic gear and, if possible, the outboard from the boat.
  • Remove one or more of the tires and store them inside with the lug nuts. Support the trailer with jackstands.
  • Remove the license plate from the trailer. A trailer without plates should attract the attention of police if your boat is stolen.
  • Have photos of the trailer and etch your initials or address into the trailer frame for identification when police recover it.
1 | 2 | Next

 


Trailering Magazine is a benefit of BoatUS TRAILER ASSIST®.

BoatUS TRAILER ASSIST® provides:

  • On-the-road assistance for your trailer and vehicle
  • Special edition Trailering magazines
  • $15 coupon (off $100 purchase) for shopping at West Marine
  • Only $38 Annually! ($24 Membership + $14 TRAILER ASSIST)

About TRAILER ASSIST

 

 Recommended Articles
Gray rule

Thumbnail photo of the underside of a boat trailerTrailer Choices

Choosing properly will make your life easier and safer — every time you roll down the road.


Thumbnail photo of a boat stored on a trailerHow To Prevent Off-Season Boat Theft

So you think your boat is all buttoned up for the winter, tucked safely away in your backyard or driveway? Think again.


Thumbnail photo of boats in dry rack storage.The How-To's Of Dry Rack Storage

Determine of using dry rack storage is right for you, your budget,  and your boat.