3 Quick Boat and Trailer Maintenance Tips
Do you know what boat and trailer maintenance tips you should be using to keep your boat and trailer in great working condition?
Check out the article and video below for some simple, yet effective tips to help keep your boat and trailer running in tip-top shape!
Trailer Maintenance Tip: Keep Bearings Running Smooth with Bearing Buddy
A Bearing Buddy helps protect your trailer’s wheel bearings from water, salt, and dirt.
They provide essential protection for trailers that get backed into water, especially saltwater.
Removal: to remove the old Bearing Buddy, lightly tap each side with a hammer in a circular pattern.
As you do, the Bearing Buddy will slowly start to loosen on each side and eventually come off.
Before installing the new one, be sure to check the hub to make sure there’s no rust and check for grease inside.
Installation: to install a new Bearing Buddy, ideally use a rubber mallet.
If you don’t have a rubber mallet, you can use a piece of wood like a small 2”x4” to place against the Bearing Buddy and hit the wood with a regular hammer.
Don’t hit the new Bearing Buddy directly with the hammer, as it could cause damage.
Grease: fill up the Bearing Buddy with grease using the grease gun kit.
To test to see if the grease is full, push the pin in the center of the Bearing Buddy.
If you apply pressure and the pin doesn’t move, the grease chamber is full.
Smack the Bearing Buddy with the mallet or the wood/hammer until it is securely fastened to the hub.
Boat Maintenance Tip: Clean & Protect Your Electrical Connections From Corrosion
Saltwater can make its way into your electronics and corrode your electrical connections, so it’s important to clean and maintain the cables and electric outlets on your boat.
Unplug any electric connections, like a trolling motor and spray the plugs with CRC 3-36 Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Corrosion Inhibitor and wipe with a towel.
If the corrosion isn’t coming off, scrape it off with a knife.
You can also spray the multi-purpose lubricant/corrosion spray down into the electrical outlet.
Trailer Running Board Maintenance Tip: Repair Sagging/Loose Carpet on Your Running Boards
If the carpet on your running boards is loose and/or sagging, it’s an easy fix.
Simply use a standard T50 staplegun and staples to fasten it to the bottom of the running boards.
If the carpet overlaps, staple the bottom side first, and then overlap the top and staple again.
This will cover the running boards nicely.
3 Quick Boat and Trailer Maintenance Tips [VIDEO]
Sometimes a windy day can make for a not-so-great day of fishing.
Or maybe you’re in the off season, and it’s not really feasible to get on the water.
Either way, this is a great time to do some routine boat and trailer maintenance.
Maintaining your boat and your trailer is an essential part of boat ownership.
Just a little maintenance can help you avoid getting stuck on the side of the road, or worse – getting stuck out on the water.
Plus it can help you avoid expensive repairs on down the line.
Do you have other routine maintenance tips you suggest for boats or trailers?
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