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While your boat's trailer may be the least interesting part of boating, it does require care and attention from time to time. That's why we've put together this handy online resource featuring how-to articles with step-by-step instructions, videos that show you how to do things right, and general tips and information to help you make good decisions about tires, brakes, lights, and other important safety gear.

How To Checklists and Videos

Trailering Jet Ski

Let our editors take you through launching and retrieving your boat on these videos.

10 Step Pre-launch Checklist And Launch Video

These 10 steps will get you on the water safely.

How To Load Your Boat On The Trailer

Six steps to being on your way (with video).

Trailer Wiring & Lights

Trailer Brake Light

Broken lights are perhaps the most common trailer ailment. Read on to find out how to repair or replace yours.

Trailer Wiring Basics

The wiring of your trailer doesn't have to be a mystery. Here's how to make sense of it.

Stop Dunking Your Lights!

Why fight the rust? Build a removable light bar and never dunk your trailer lights again.

Buying A Used Trailer?

4 inspection points to check out on a used trailer.

How To Wash a Trailer

What to rinse and when.

Bearings: Keep It Rolling

Trailer Tire Bearings Closeup

The bearings in your trailer's wheels are what keeps it rolling down the road. If they get damaged from lack of grease, water intrusion, or just prolonged wear and tear, you'll end up broken down on the roadside. Check out these articles and videos so you don't end up stuck.

Keeping Your Trailer Tire Bearings Happy

A quick review of the types of bearings and why you might chose one style over another.

Bearing Straits

A quick inspection can save you a lot of hassle (with video).

Hubs & Bearings

Basic primer on the parts of a wheel hub and bearings.

12 Steps To Repacking Bearings

How to remove and re-grease your bearings, step-by-step.

Tires & Brakes

Trailer Tire Closeup

Trailer tires lead a tough life. Learn how to read the signs yours might be nearing the end of their useful life, and how to protect them.

How To Know When Your Trailer Tires Are Shot

Knowing the warning signs can keep you off the roadside.

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

How to stretch the useful life of your tires.

How To Read A Tire

Do you know what all those codes on the sidewall stand for? Do you know what the sidewall is? This article (and video) explains everything.

The Lowdown on Trailer Brakes

Water is tough on brakes. Learn how to care for yours, so they'll keep working when you need them.

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