The Helpful Things To Have When Trailering Boats [Blown Tire Repair]
By: Luke Simonds on October 17, 2018
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
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
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.
3. Get A Good Tire Iron / Lug Wrench
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.
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
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.
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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