Boat Doc Special
A complete roadside repair kit can save the day for trailer boaters.
Many boaters adhere to the belief that if you carry a rain suit aboard, you won’t need it. But if you don’t take rain gear, it will definitely pour.
TTrailer boaters might apply the same thinking to on-road emergencies. Take everything you might need to deal with boat-trailer breakdowns and hope nothing bad occurs.
Of course, breakdowns do occur on occasion. When these happen on remote roads, it can be tough to find the right parts and assistance. That’s when a roadside trailer repair kit becomes valuable.
Catastrophic trailer failures such as bent axles, broken springs or cracked frames lie beyond the scope of roadside repairs. Other mission-critical emergencies, however, such as tire blowouts, burnt bearings and even toasted spindles can be resolved with the right stuff.
Blowouts and flats are among the most common boat-trailer failures, and that’s why a spare tire is essential. In fact, on long-range trips, two spare tires make sense. If your tandem-axle trailer bangs over a deep pothole at the edge of the shoulder, it is likely to affect both tires on the right side.
Sometimes you can fix a flat using a tire puncture repair kit such as the TireJect ($6.95, tireject.com). These are effective for punctures in the
3 tread up to / inch. If
8 a repair kit works, a 12-volt air compressor such as the Klutch 12-volt Heavy-Duty Tire Inflator ($79.99, northerntool.com) will get it aired up.
Slime offers a complete tire repair kit ($60.13, walmart .com) that includes a tire puncture kit, spare valves, a tire airpressure gauge, a can of Slime that you inject through the valve stem to seal the leak from inside, and a 12-volt inflator.
JACK IT UP
Whether you need to change a tire or rebuild the wheel bearings, you’re going to need to raise the trailer to remove the wheel. The scissor jack in your truck might not cut the mustard, so think about a spare bottle jack such as the 4-ton Hydraulic Heavy-Duty Bottle Jack ($17.99, harborfreight.com).
Roadside boat-trailer repairs aren’t fun, but having the right parts and equipment, including spare tires, tire repair kits, jacks and lug wrenches, can help you get rolling again.