Any active kayaker understands the value of safety once you’re on the water, but there’s plenty of preparation that goes into transporting your kayak to its destination. Practicing kayak trailer safety is the first step in a successful kayaking trip and the team at Magneta Trailers understands how important it is to give your trailer a little extra T-L-C before hitting the road.
If you’re planning on taking your Hobie kayak trailer out for an excursion, be sure to follow these maintenance and safety tips to not only extend the life of your trailer but to also keep yourself and others safe on the commute:
Proper Hitching is Key
First and foremost, it’s important for your kayak trailer to be appropriately hitched to your vehicle. Improper hitching can result in embarrassing and dangerous issues while trying to transport your kayak. Before you depart, check your the tow ball and the coupler to make sure that they are both secure on your vehicle and the trailer. The coupler should be secured fully around the ball and latched. Also check your safety chains to ensure that they’re in good condition and at an appropriate length. Make sure to cross the safety chains for even trailer following.
Tire Treadwear Makes a Difference
The last thing you need on your kayaking trip is a flat tire, so be sure to check both the tire pressure and the tire treadwear on your kayak trailer prior to departure. Pressure should be consistent with the tire manufacturer’s guidelines for that make and model of tire to ensure that it’s not only safe, but also efficient for towing (low tires can actually cut back on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency). Additionally, when reviewing the tread wear and condition of the tire, look for cracks, bulges, or punctures, which can lead to a flat or a blowout. Always take care in replacing your tires once they become worn or damaged.
Strap In Appropriately
Always take extra care to ensure your kayak is appropriately strapped and secured to your trailer - and more importantly, stays that way. Straps that only go across the top of your kayak can become loose, causing your kayak to slide out from under it. Instead, strap through secure handles on your Hobie kayak trailer. Always check your tie downs for fraying or wear before securing your kayak. Don’t forget to test the buckles or fasteners too - failure in your tie down can be a huge safety risk.
No matter where you’re going, safety comes first. Make sure to check your Hobie kayak trailer regularly for any potential problems and practice good maintenance. It’ll pay off in the long run!