5. Tire-Changing Equipment
Sometimes the road conditions or circumstances are out of your control and you do have to change a tire while on your way to the water. If that happens, you’ll want to change it as safely, quickly, and easily as possible so make sure you have these:
It can also help to keep an old towel and some gloves in your car, especially when kneeling down and working a tire iron over the road.
6. Trailer Brakes
If your trailer has brakes, it’s important to get a visual on them, especially when heading out the first time this season. This includes checking for any of the following:
Worn down brake pads / shoes
Dirty brakes (saltwater boaters should be regularly rinsing them with freshwater)
Low brake fluid
Jammed surge brake actuator (part of the coupler)
With trailer brakes, this is one of those areas where it really helps to get them looked over by a professional. Typically, they can inspect the pads / shoes, fluids, and the line itself, and it may be worthwhile to have them grease the wheel bearings during the same appointment.