Safety Tips for Trailering a Boat

Join boats.com for the Tips for Boat Towing video series, brought to you by Ram Trucks. In this video we'll cover safety tips; everything you need to know from the pre-tow safety check, to on-the-road trailering, to tips for using the boat ramp. Be sure to check out the rest of the towing videos in the boats.com video library, where we'll touch on topic ranging from towing on sand (for you duck hunters) to towing in the mountains, as we put this Ram 1500 Outdoorsman through its paces. Read more: http://features.boats.com/boat-content/2015/04/safety-tips-for-trailering-a-boat/?utm_campaign=2015ramsafetyVBR Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/boatsdotcom For more boating videos, visit http://www.boats.com. boats.com features boat reviews, how-to videos, special features, and information about new boats, boats for sale, and boating products—usually with a dash of fun. Our reviewers test the features, performance, and specifications of each boat, searching out the hidden details for a critical evaluation. If you're shopping for a boat, we want to help you make the best choice. And if you're just looking, we'll try to make it fun too. Subscribe to receive notification of new videos.

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Join boats.com for the Tips for Boat Towing video series, brought to you by Ram Trucks. In this video we'll cover safety tips; everything you need to know from the pre-tow safety check, to on-the-road trailering, to tips for using the boat ramp. Be sure to check out the rest of the towing videos in the boats.com video library, where we'll touch on topic ranging from towing on sand (for you duck hunters) to towing in the mountains, as we put this Ram 1500 Outdoorsman through its paces. Read more: http://features.boats.com/boat-content/2015/04/safety-tips-for-trailering-a-boat/?utm_campaign=2015ramsafetyVBR Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/boatsdotcom For more boating videos, visit http://www.boats.com. boats.com features boat reviews, how-to videos, special features, and information about new boats, boats for sale, and boating products—usually with a dash of fun. Our reviewers test the features, performance, and specifications of each boat, searching out the hidden details for a critical evaluation. If you're shopping for a boat, we want to help you make the best choice. And if you're just looking, we'll try to make it fun too. Subscribe to receive notification of new videos.

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Hector Muniz
Hector Muniz - 5 years ago
What position should the motor be in when towing boat to lake?u
Jeffrey Ack
Jeffrey Ack - 5 years ago
Just a quick question. When you towing a bassboat on highway, is it necessary to take the seat off the deck??? It is possible that I can just leave it on?
Simplex SM
Simplex SM - 5 years ago
What if your towing with a UTV?
boats.com
boats.com - 5 years ago
+Simplex SM Though UTVs aren't "street legal" in many areas, the principals remain the same.
Joseph Riggs
Joseph Riggs - 5 years ago
Great video! Love that ya'll covered keeping your winch and safety attached while backing down and crossing the trailer chains. Two of the biggest things I see that get me nervous for other people taking some avoidable risk. Quick question, what is the best way to check the trailer brakes? Is it just a simple matter of inspection and watching them grab while someone taps the brakes on the tow vehicle?
boats.com
boats.com - 5 years ago
+Joseph Riggs glad you enjoyed the video! If you have electric brakes that'll work fine, but if you have surge breaks, just pressing the pedal won't apply them. In this case, the only way to test the brakes short of use on the road is to reverse the tow vehicle and feel for the brakes to kick in as the actuator is triggered. Note: the boat and trailer need to be slightly uphill of the tow vehicle, or this won't work either as there won't be any pressure on the actuator.
F Huber
F Huber - 6 years ago
Transom straps can come off before going down the ramp on most smaller boats.  Winch strap will keep them on the trailer as you back down.

OPEN A WINDOW on the tow vehicle before starting down the ramp.  Its your escape if the truck slides on down into the water.

PFD should be on if the hull is about to get wet.
Too many people fall off of boats in 10-12 ft of water and are never seen alive again.
Mike Murray
Mike Murray - 6 years ago
Very good, short and to the point video on the basics.  Great job

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