With boat trailer accessories such as a trailer hitch lock, boat trailer jacks, spare tire covers, safety traction strips, back up aids, and trailer bunk carpet you can take care of most maintenance of your boat trailer and keep it safe and secure. Keeping your boat and trailer in working order is essential for safe transport to your favorite lake. These boat trailer accessories should be on your basic check list to review before travel.
Remember to have a plan to change a flat trailer tire, make sure you have a tool to raise your wheel off the ground. Here is a simple device useful with a double axle trailer when places under the good tire, will raise the bad tire off the ground.
Trailer Aid Tire Jack
Check your Boat Trailer Bunks every time you launch your boat. If carpet is torn or worn to the point where your boat will rub the wood beneath, it should be replaced. Inspect what is under the carpet. If the wood beneath the carpet is split or rotten the entire bunk should be replaced. You can find replacement bunks ready to go with carpet, or you can make your own with replacement carpet.
Protect your spare tire from travel hazards and exposure. Rocks, road tar, and all sorts of other debris can hit and scratch your wheel on the spare tire. Sun and UV rays can cause the rubber on your spare tire to weather and grow weak even if you never have it on the ground. While you are it and you check the air in your spare tire each time you check the air in the tires that are actually mounted on the trailer. There are plain covers and ones with logos - go plain or have some fun. This Cabela's Spare Tire Cover is great and available in 8", 12", 13", 14", and 15" covers.
Traction strips can prevent slipping when your boat trailer frame is wet. Place these in strategic areas where you find you are most likely to step on. I learned the hard way, slipping one too many times before I applied these to my trailer. This diamond-pattern rubber matting provides traction adding grip whether wet or dry and will hold up to the worst punishment for years of reliable use. This is a great product - protects from slipping and bruising ribs, knees, hips, and perhaps worse. 3M Safety-Walk Gray Indoor/Outdoor Tread, 2-Inch by 180-Inch (7647NA)
This camera is easy to install. It slides into any 1-1/4" or 2" hitch tube when not towing or mounts to any metal surface on the vehicle for use while towing or attaching a trailer. Camera has a 4-way flat plug for easily connecting to the existing vehicle tow wiring outlet. Operates in low light and swivels 90 degrees for increased visibility. Large 3.5" color monitor can be mounted to the dash, windshield, or even attached to the air vent. Plugs into vehicle auxiliary power/lighter plug. 50 transmitting range Master Lock 4843DATSEN Vehicle Back Up and Hitch Alignment Camera with 3.5 Inch Color Monitor
These trailer guide lights provide assistance for you when gauging the depth of your boat at launch, also for lining up and loading your boat back on the trailer at night, and clearance at night when traveling or backing into storage. Bright red/orange LEDs draw low amps for longer battery life. Change your existing guide-ons or purchase a completely new set of guides. Comes with directions and all wiring and mounting hardware.
Tired of hand cranking your boat onto your trailer? This Trac Electric Trailer Winch takes the work out of this task at the push of a button. A built in light provides night operation ease. The kit comes with 30' of 7/32" cable with hook, a circuit breaker, installation wire, hand crank for emergencies, remote control with 10' of cable. A key fob wireless remote is available. This Trac 10000 is capable of pulling up to 6' of line per minute under load with a 24' boat maximum. Up to 9,900 lbs of boat on roller bunks or 5,900 lbs of boat on flat bunks. Roughly 10"x10"x9" in size. Other Strength winches are available.
Safety is of utmost importance on your way to and from your favorite fishing spot. Many towing vehicles have extendable mirrors for trailering safety - basically that means minimizing blind spots. Nothing scares me more than wanting to change lanes and failing to notice another vehicle in a blind spot. I have used this dual view mirror on my tow vehicle for years. The fully enclosed mirror head reduces wind vibration and ensures adjustable mirror surface stays right where you set them. Easy adjustable arms fit most vehicle applications with no tools needed to install. If your tow vehicle does not have an extended mirror you should consider this Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirror standard equipment for your next trip.