The Helpful Things To Have When Trailering Boats [Blown Tire Repair]

By: Luke Simonds on October 17, 2018
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Do you have all the tools you need to change your boat trailer tire… even if it happens on a busy interstate highway?

A fishing trip can be over before it even gets started if you blow a tire out. It’s even worse if you’re unprepared for this and can take hours of your time and extra energy.

I recently had a boat trailer tire blow out during rush hour on an interstate in Florida, and I was forced to change it out on the shoulder during rush hour.

Luckily, I had all the tools necessary to make this change quickly and easily. This allowed me to safely change my tire and get off the shoulder of the road and on my way.

When this happened, I decided to grab my camera to show you the tools you should always keep in your car or boat when trailering it to and from a fishing trip.

In this article, I go over the tools you need to change your boat trailer tire and give you my top tips for a blown tire repair.

Top Tips For A Blown Trailer Tire Repair

In this section, I give you my top five tips and tools you need to change a blown tire on your boat trailer.

1. Check Air In Your Spare Tire Before Any Long Trip

changing tire when trailering boat

You want to make sure your spare tire has the right amount of air in it before taking off on your trip. The only thing worse than having a blown tire is having a blown tire and a nonfunctioning spare tire. Being out in the sun can cause your spare tire to deflate without ever using it, so be sure to check the air pressure on your spare tire regularly.

2. Get A Good Jack

Good jack for trailering boats

A nice, easy-to-use jack like the one in the video below makes changing out the blown tire on your trailer much easier.

It will make things go over smoother and quicker than the standard jacks that come with vehicles.

Plus, this type of jack typically gets down lower which is essential for those of us with small trailers that get very low to the ground when a tire goes flat.

Click Here To See The Pro-Lift Jack I Always Keep In My Truck

3. Get A Good Tire Iron / Lug Wrench

Tire Iron for trailering boat

A good tire iron is going to make changing the tire out much faster than just a wrench.

Almost all vehicles come with a tire iron when you purchase them, you just need to make sure the tire iron fits the bolts on your trailer.

My personal favorite is a 4-way cross lug wrench because they have a variety of sizes to be ready for fixing your equipment or others in need of help too.

Also, they allow for a quicker change of tire because they can spin entirely around when pulling the bolts off or putting them back on… saves from having to do a half turn before the ground blocks further ration.

4. WD-40

wd-40 for trailering boat

WD-40 is something I always keep in my boat. It is a timeless tool to use on anything that might be stuck due to corrosion or rust, especially since virtually everything on your boat and trailer will get wet with saltwater in someway.

WD-40 can work wonders for nuts and bolts that are too tight or stuck… especially helpful for those of us who are dunking our trailers into saltwater.

5. Adjustable Wrench

Monkey Wrench for trailering boat

An adjustable wrench is a universal tool that can be used for so many different applications.

You should always keep one in the boat or car.

They can do everything from unscrewing the bolts for your spare tire to acting as a makeshift hammer.

Tools For Changing A Blown Tire Video

In this video, I show you the tools I used while changing out my blown trailer tire on I-4.

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No wants to blow a tire going to or from a fishing trip. However, these things are bound to happen at some point.

Having the tools mentioned above will make the time that this does happen much easier.

The best part is, these are simple and easy-to-find tools you can leave in your vehicle or boat. They will not only come in handy for changing a trailer tire but also a regular car tire (and SO much more).

If you have any questions about how to change your trailer tire or have a suggestion for something that we left out, let us know in the comments.

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Danny Leal
3 months ago

Very helpful advice. Thanks. I also carry a 12 inch pipe or so with a diameter that fits into the cross bar. Gives me some leverage, should it be needed.

Glenn Acomb
3 months ago

Good video. Scan through the suggestions below. They are good. I carry much of what was mentioned, plus safety triangles for front and back of the boat and truck. It’s very important to check the air pressure in the spare tire regularly – easy to neglect.

1 year ago

One precaution for boost trailers especially sal water use
, I purchase lug nuts that are closed on the outside /top. No water gets to the lug threads to rust. Available ar auto parts store around $ 1 each.

Michael Collins
1 year ago

I also have had more flats than I care to count. I have a dual axle trailer. I tow with a Yukon XL and there is a small compartment in the rear on the port side that I can store a 12,000# bottle jack that I use under the axle of the flat. Often the axle is so close to the ground I can’t get the jack under. To get the axle higher I carry short pieces of 1 x 6 board and two 12” pieces of 5/4” x 6” boards screwed together and one end cut at a 45 degree angle. I use this board to make it easier to drive the good tire on to raise the axle. Depending on the ground I may need a couple of the 1 x 6 to achieve the desired height. I also carry a 4 way lug wrench and store that, the boards and a pair of gloves under my Husky cargo liner. Thanks to other contributors I will be adding a small piece of carpeting.

Bob Bulla
1 year ago

Put a cable lock on your spare tire if it has a hub, otherwise it isn’t coming off. I would suggest having that extra hub.

Jack Noor
1 year ago

Great topic that rarely gets discussed, thanks a lot.

David Johnson
1 year ago

Hey Luke. I always carry a 2 Ft square 3/4in piece of plywood in my truck to put the jack on in case I have to pull over in soft dirt. Blew a tire on the Crosstown Exp and that piece of plywood saved me!👍

Joe Chamberlain
1 year ago

One item worth investing in is an anti-seize paste It comes in a small bottle with a brush attached to the cap. Apply it to each lug bolt once the lug nut has been removed then screw on the lug nut and tighten. Failing to do this can result in lug nuts that have to be removed with a cutting torch.

Thomas Thomas
1 year ago

Consider keeping an extra hub with bearings ready to go in a sealed box in the tool box of the truck (I’ve done a bearing job on the tailgate of my truck before. Drove 30 miles to get bearings and back, only to realize I had the wrong bearings. Not a stellar day).

I had a blowout a few months ago on my trailer and I had no jack suitable for the job. I was waiting on confirmation from SeaTow trailer service when a FWC officer pulled into the parking lot. He had a scissor jack and we worked together to get the tire changed. Very thankful for his help (I have a suitable scissor jack in my tool box now).

Thomas Kerr
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Thomas

I burned out a bearing on I 75 on the way to Tennessee on vacation. Luckily I had a spare set packed with grease and races in the truck. Got it off the highway and changed it there. My daughter thought it was the end of the trip when it happened. She called me McGyver the rest of the week.

Raj Bahra
1 year ago

Having gone through this more times than I care to admit – few more things to keep on hand:

Zipties – you’ll be surprised how handy these are. Recently they held a seized up brake assembly that i had to remove and hang off the trailer. And this was on a brand new 2018 trailer…
2×8’s cut to about 10-12in. Make sure your jack can actually get high enough to lift the trailer. If not, those 2×8’s are a life saver. Act as wheel chocks in a pinch too.
Nice to have – Portable inflator that can top off tires.

Few more things I keep on hand:
Extra safety chain.
Extra winch (or at least a strap with hook)
Extra tow straps
Extra hub and grease
Pair of Jack stands – because I’m paranoid

I tow through the Everglades a lot… getting stranded there isn’t fun!

Wayne Geisler GEISLER

Just want to say one thing……….AAA MOTORCLUB IS USELESS! Had 2 blowouts in one trip to the Keys, and AAA sent a guy came who said
we were not in his district and drove away! Then another came an hour later and said not enough room to change the tire….drove off!
After 2 1/2 hours a ROAD RANGER stopped, fixed my tire, and we were off again. AAA did the same thing 3 years ago…..useless!
We even have an RV Membership to cover the boat trailer! The second blowout I changed after buying a new tire/wheel, which took only 30 minutes. Don’t know why I have AAA? Will be looking to change services very soon.

Thomas Kerr
1 year ago

I never go anywhere with out wood blocks 2×4 or 2x6s. Use to block wheels, put under the jack. An old piece of carpet to heel on is nice to.

Joe Chamberlain
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Kerr

Great idea regarding the carpet piece.

Terence Buydos
1 year ago

This video just made me realize my spare is chained to my trailer winch mount and i am not sure if i know where the key to the padlock is….. I know it is not on the keychain with the boat ignition but MAY be one of those keys with my truck ignition. guess i better go check

Tom Beaudry
1 year ago

One of the hazards of owning a towed boat. Ive been there done that…once we tried to replace with the spare the valve stem broke off and we had to leave the rig and find a tire store! I suppose it beats losing the bearings or axle.

Roy Noblin
1 year ago

i don’t know why, but not only the spare tire air pressure will change through the year, so will those on the trailer. check them all the bolts can rust and freeze making real hard to get loose. a simple solution to preventing stuck lug nuts; is occasional break them loose then re tighten in your yard. no need to jack the trailer up. my suv has scissor jack and lug wrench that also fits my trailer lugs so no need to have two but a little piece of 1×6 comes in real handy in the sand we have in florida. the adjustable wrench is a must for many things. i keep wd-40 in the boat as again it comes in real handy for many things including spraying the screw in the scissor jack. store some where the sun can’t get it to hot and not in the truck as it gets real hot on most parking lots. and last but not lease if at all possible at my age i hope to have someone a lot younger with me or stop by. getting down is no problem but getting back up is getting ruffer each year 🙂

1 year ago

Couple of items: before you jack the trailer up, loosen the lug nuts just 1/2 turn, and after you have changed the tire and tightened the lug nuts, lower it to the ground and final torque the lug nuts.
I too have a single axle trailer in stead of a jack I found a device that fits on the axle and as you move forward or backward it jacks the trailer,
Here is a link, I did not buy mine here but it’s a good visual,

Buck Leahy
1 year ago

Terrific contribution, Luke, thanks for sharing what is better learned by watching and reading than by personal experience.

Douglas Furnback
1 year ago

The bolts that hold the spare tire on are sometimes a different size that the lug nuts. Make sure you have both sizes. You suggested and adjustable wrench sometimes this can be difficult or impossible to use on these bolts. Don’t ask me how I know.

Steven Jachec
1 year ago

Great video! I like how you took a personal trailer problem you had and turned it into a learning experience for us all.

I’ll add one item to the list: I like to bring a 2ft x 2ft scrap piece of carpet. Keep me cleaner and cooler as FL pavement is HOT

Pat Ogletree
1 year ago

Something you should add is a wheel chock to keep the vehicle from rolling while the trailer is on the jack. Even though you still should set your emergency break.

Greg Gladin
Greg Gladin
1 year ago

I have a dual axle trailer and keep 1 of the ramps, from a set you use to change oil, strapped over spare. Most times i can pull the good tire up on the ramp and not have to use a jack.

Joe Chamberlain
1 year ago
Reply to  Greg Gladin

Great idea!

Thomas Yarbrough
1 year ago

I carry a cordless ( battery ) 1/2 inch impact wrench in my vehicle. It makes tire changing quick and very easy. No strain,no pain.

Thomas Yarbrough
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Well I’m 72 years old. Therefore I need to keep to the KISS principal.