As your trailer winch gets a little more use this summer, you should check for areas that need maintenance now that we’re in mid-season. Your trailer winch is your greatest ally when it’s working properly. Here are a few maintenance tips for your trailer winch and boat trailer to keep your boat safe and your winch in great working order.
If you use an electric winch, remember to release the load and remove the winch from the power source before performing any cleaning or maintenance activity.
Clean and Clear
Take some time to clean and clear the tow line from any debris that may have become encrusted from tow after tow. This will be easier with a steel line, but you might have difficulty with a synthetic tow line. Make sure that your line winds and unwinds smoothly, with the coils laying neatly next to one another.
Loose screws could lead to breaks, or you could lose the winch all together. Tighten screws routinely at the mount point and on the winch itself if your model requires it.
Over time and exposure to fresh and salt water, your trailer winch can become susceptible to corrosion. Check for any cracks, corroded metal, or bent surfaces. Depending on your winch’s current condition, you may need to replace the entire device.
Other Trailer Maintenance
Lights: Every time you unload or load your boat, the trailer lights are submerged. Pamper these as you would your boat. There are very important for safe transport.
Bearings: If your bearings run dry, add a liberal amount of grease. This should happen after each boating season.
Wash: Keeping your trailer clean. Wash it down each time you leave the water. This will help for cross contamination of lakes, which can spread bacteria and aquatic life to other lakes where it doesn’t belong.
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