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Fishing Articles by Sam Anderson
Trailering to the Lake
By Sam Anderson
As I slipped my Ranger 620 VS off the Rangertrail‚ trailer I couldn't help but think of how important the trailer is on a boat package. Most anglers want a specific boat and they want all the bells and whistles in a boat, but they fail to realize that the trailer is probably just as crucial to the selection as the power supply or the depth finders. Unfortunately many anglers look at a trailer as a device to get them from one body of water to the next. If that is the case then many anglers are going to be suffering from stress and frustration getting to the next body of water.
Trailering, launching and loading a boat are often the most stressful chores associated with boating. However, much of that hassle can be eliminated by selecting the right trailer.
Just as a pair of poor fitting shoes can cause problems for your feet, a second rate trailer can actually damage a hull. That is why every Rangertrail‚ trailer is performance engineered for maximum support and protection. From the waterproof lights and available disc brakes to the custom fitting bunks, a lot of thought has gone into making a trailer that fits the boat and is not an add on.
Another often forgotten item to check before starting out for the lake is the condition of your trailer. The first place I start to check are the connections. Does the trailer rest on the hitch ball correctly? Are my safety chains crossed and do they have any weak links? What conditions are my electrical connection in? As I go along the frame of the trailer I also check to see that the boat is resting on the keel rollers. I inspect the winch and strap to see if they are in need of repair. Finally, I spend a great deal of time on the tire and axle area. If my trailer has been sitting outside all winter I want to make an inspection of the tires, check to see if they are weather checked or if they need inflation. Low tire pressure can lead to many break downs along the highway.
Probably the most important area to check and maintain are your bearings. So many anglers assume that if the trailer has grease in the bearing area they should be all right. Again, this is an area that is just as important as the hitch and the hookups. In fact, the leading cause of break downs are the bearings. If you have bearing buddies installed on your trailer you have an advantage. You can easily use a grease gun and check to see if the bearings are properly lubricated. If you don't have the spring loaded device, it might be something that you should check into. If not, you have to remove the dust cover on your bearings and check the amount of grease on your bearings. A word of caution if you do this, make sure that you get your dust covers back on properly and don't smash the bearings as you reattach the cover. On my trailer I have a unique device called "cool hubs". This device is a hub lubrication system designed to continuously bathe the wheel bearings while sealing out damaging moisture.
Don't forget to check out your lights on the trailer. Check brake lights, signal lights, brightness and don't forget when you arrive at the lake it might help if you unplug those lights. Most new trailers have the lights sealed, but they do get cracks in the housing and they can get a cold blast of water on a hot bulb.
A variety of options may be also something that you would like to consider on your trailer. A swing-away tongue is valuable when you want the peace of mind when your rig is unattended. It also makes storage in confined areas much easier. Additionally, trailers can be ordered with front trailering faring, extended tongues, retractable tie down straps, a spare tire or a custom roller system for shallow water launch sites.
And finally, a good looking boat/trailer combination is a source of pride in the driveway, on the road or at the launch ramp.
I would like to hear from you about trailering or fishing you can
contact me at www.samanderson.com. Hope hear from you soon.
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