TRAILER MAINTENANCE & QUICK TIPS
Chips In The Paint
Especially on the axles and frame of the trailer, paint chipping generally results when these surfaces are subjected to repeated or significant impacts by various objects while in transit. Usually, these are gravel, stones, asphalt chips or other debris on roadways, which are thrown up by the rear tires of the tow vehicle. Over time, rust may develop where paint has been chipped away. Such damage is not covered by the Limited Warranty for the trailer. To avoid chipping the paint on the trailer and to preserve its condition, consider attaching mud flaps behind the tow vehicle's rear tires. Exceptional care should be taken to travel as slowly as practical when traveling on gravel or other loose surfaces.
To ensure proper operation of the trailer jack, wipe it down and lubricate it on a regular basis.
Salt Water Effects
If the trailer is backed into salt water, you must completely and thoroughly wash the trailer in fresh water to prevent rusting. Salt water is very corrosive, even on galvanized trailers, and can corrode the braking system. Exposure to salt water can also cause brake pads to stick and malfunction.
The trailer will look better and last longer if it is rinsed off with fresh water several times a year. If the boat is run in brackish or salt water, the trailer should be rinsed thoroughly after every trip because of residual effects of the brackish or salt water. An annual washing with a mild detergent and waxing with an auto wax will also help to keep the trailer bright and clean.
Check the braking system at the beginning of boating season and again at the conclusion, along with the wheel bearings. If there is anything that appears to be worn or leaking, take the trailer to an authorized MasterCraft dealer for a check and possible repair.
Tow Vehicle Approach
Tow vehicles must always approach the trailer slowly prior to being hitched to the trailer. This allows the operator to retain greater control. Hard impact with the trailer or improper alignment on the trailer can result in damage to the tow vehicle, boat and/or the trailer, and any such damage is not covered under warranty.
The tow vehicle must have a seven-wire connector in order for disc brakes and the trailer lights to function properly. It is important to connect the seven-wire connector on the trailer to the seven-wire connector on the tow vehicle.
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 boats weight is listed in the guide to individual models section of this owners manual. (The total weight of the boat and contents may not safely exceed the available cargo load capacity listed on the trailer tongue).