Tips for the Road

Boating - - MOTORHEAD -

Have an Exit Plan

Never zip into a park­ing lot, gas sta­tion or eatery too quickly. Scan it for an easy drive-through es­cape route be­fore com­mit­ting to the en­trance lest you get stuck with no easy way to work with the trailer.

Plan Ahead

If you know you’re overnighting, re­serve a good mo­tel no more than 12 hours from your de­par­ture point. It will give you a goal to achieve and a wel­come rest af­ter hit­ting it.

Take It Easy

Stop for meals. Let­ting down for such a break might re­veal what you over­looked driv­ing: You need a nap. Pull up un­der a shade tree and take one.

No Jack Needed

If you have a tan­dem-axle trailer and the axles are tor­sion sus­pen­sion, not leaf springs, you can lift the bad tire off the road by pulling the good tire up on top of a four-by-four block.

We en­coun­tered our only con­struc­tion on Bull Shoals’ Dam. Dou­ble-check your tran­som straps and bow strap af­ter a few miles and tighten. Level your trailer and keep your tires in­flated for safety and max­i­mum fuel ef­fi­ciency.

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