What type of brake fluid should I use?
MasterCraft owners must use only DOT 3—preferred—or DOT 4 brake fluid.
DO NOT USE DOT 5 BRAKE FLUID. DOT 5 FLUID WILL DAMAGE THE SEALS IN THE ACTUATOR AND CALIPERS, CAUSING FAILURE OF BRAKES THAT COULD LEAD TO INJURY OR DEATH.
Any other type may not provide sufficient chemistry to protect against overheating. Brake fluid should be completely replaced during annual maintenance (at least once every 12 months or more often if the system has shown evidence of brake fluid loss).
Brake fluid types should never be mixed. Failure to provide required maintenance can cause brake failure, leading to incidents that result in serious injury or even death.
Does the breakaway system stop the trailer?
The breakaway system actuators will apply the trailer brakes if the trailer becomes completely detached from the tow vehicle while under power. Failure to properly connect the breakaway system prior to towing may result in serious injury or death and/or property damage. The breakaway cable is a line of defense at separation. Before the breakaway cable is pulled, the coupler must become detached from the hitch ball and the safety chains must fail. At this time the break-away cable is pulled and applies a braking force to the trailer.
Note that the breakaway system is not intended to lock up the trailer brakes after separating from the tow vehicle but rather to apply just enough braking force to keep the trailer from free-wheeling.
What is my trailer's load limit?
The correct method for determining the load limit is to:
• Locate the statement, “the weight of cargo should never exceed kg or lbs.,” on the trailer tongue. The number shown equals the total weight capacity for the boat and all contents that can be safely loaded and towed on the trailer.
• Determine the combined weight of the boat and all contents of the boat being loaded onto the trailer. The total weight of the boat and contents may not safely exceed the available cargo load capacity listed on the trailer tongue.
Do you have any tips for backing my trailer at the ramp?
When backing up, place your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. To turn left, move your hand left (rotate the wheel clockwise). To turn right, move your hand right (rotate the wheel counter clock-wise). Back up slowly.
Because mirrors cannot provide all of the visibility you may need when backing up, whenever possible have someone outside at the rear of the trailer to guide you while backing up. Use slight movements of the steering wheel to adjust direction. Exaggerated movements will cause greater movement of the trailer.
If you have difficulty, pull forward and realign the tow vehicle and trailer and start over.
What is the trailer GVWR?
The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (“GVWR”) is the estimated total weight of a road vehicle that is loaded to capacity, including the weight of the vehicle itself. Therefore, the maximum load-carrying capacity of the trailer is the GVWR less the weight of the empty trailer.
Do I need to empty the ballast tanks before trailering?
Never tow with water in ballast tanks or bags. Failure to empty ballast tanks, bladders or bags on the boat prior to towing can result in improper weight distribution, which can cause towing instability. This could cause the driver to lose control of the tow rig, resulting in death or serious injury to the driver, any passengers and/or to other motorists, or property damage.
In addition, do not tow the boat with wakeboards, skis or other gear left on the board tower racks. Doing so may void the warranty and cause damage to the boat or to vehicles following behind as boards and/or racks may become disengaged.
What diameter hitch ball and mount rating is recommended?
Failure to use a two-inch (2”) hitch ball and mount rated to 8500-lbs. or higher, where required, may result in failure of the hitch on the tow vehicle and a loss of control of the trailer while towing, which may cause serious injury or death.
What are those lights along the trailer frame?
XKGlow trailer runway lights are available on all MasterCraft Trailer Models. The lights are used for a number of different purposes; including safety, but generally they are designed to beautifully light a boat resting on its trailer.
How can I prevent a trailer tire from blowing?
The most common cause of trailer tire trouble is under-inflation.
It is important, to always maintain correct air pressure as indicated by the tire manufacturer on the tire’s sidewalls. (Tire pressure information may be listed on stickers elsewhere as a convenience, but because tires may be replaced, the air pressure should always be verified on the tire’s sidewall. If there is a difference between air pressure listings on labels, warning stickers and tire sidewalls, always defer to the tire sidewall air pressure listing.)
Always check the air pressure when the tires are cold. Tires heat up and the air pressure increases after traveling short distances. For safety and convenience, inflate tires to the air pressure indicated on the sidewall of the tire, but always carry a spare wheel and tire in case of unexpected or sudden issues with a tire.
What should I clean my trailer wheels with?
The trailer and wheels should be washed weekly during boating season, and after every use if the trailer has been submerged in?salt or brackish water. Use a soft brush, mild detergent and/or mild degreaser. A quality spray-on wheel cleaner may also be used. Ensure that any product used is specifically indicated for use on aluminum. (Many cleaners are too harsh and will result in pitting or other damage to the wheel surface.) Many car washes use strong chemicals and should be avoided when that is the case.
Removing road film, contaminants and brake dust (all of which retain moisture) is critical to ensuring that the wheels will retain their luster and quality finish for a long period of time.
Any exposure to a hard winter climate, particularly road salt and/or chemicals, requires immediate cleaning the same as submersion in salt water.
NEVER CLEAN HOT WHEELS.
Allow wheels to cool or cool them with running water. If the wheels are too hot, significant damage can occur to the wheels. It is also important to seal the wheels with a sealant that reduces static and resists brake dust. Check at an automotive supply store for an appropriate sealant.
Why will the hitch ball not fully insert into the ball socket?
Check for the proper ball size and positive tongue load. Check to see if the tongue jack is fully retracted. Make sure there are no foreign objects or excessive points inside the coupler cavity.
What vehicle should I select for towing my MasterCraft?
When selecting a tow vehicle for your MasterCraft, it is important to determine the exact weight of your boat and trailer.
These weights must be confirmed before you can choose a tow vehicle that's right for you and your towing needs.
MasterCraft has provided the "BOAT TRAILER SPECIFICATIONS" matrix that will help you to look-up and understand your MasterCraft's boat and trailer weight ratings.