The selection of the suitable trailer is very important because more damage can be caused to boat during the transportation on the trailer than by its standard use in the water. Frequent bounces damage both the hull and the motor bracket. This is the main reason why every Elxis trailer is equipped with independent suspension system with helical springs and shock absorbers to minimize the stresses.
When a boat’s total weight exceeds the maximum permissible laden mass specified by the manufacturer, then it’s a matter of time for damage to occur on both the boat and the trailer. The trailer’s carrying capacity must always exceed the weight combination of boat/motor/fuel/water/accessories.
Securely fasten the boat with straps to minimize the bounces and therefore the possibility of load displacement and potential damage. A fastening is considered adequate when it consists of at least two tie downs. One must secure the bow eye (to avoid possible movement of the boat towards the towing vehicle) and the second must secure the stern. (to avoid any backward movement of the boat in case of winch failure).
Proper adjustment of hull support parts facilitates the procedures of launching and retrieving the boat at the ramp. This occurs by adjusting these parts according to the position of the spray rails.
Trailer’s suspension must be placed in such position where the load on the hitch ball does not exceed the maximum limit determined by its manufacturer. High load on the hitch results in decreased of the car’s front wheels and therefore longer braking distance and difficulty when cornering. Low or negative load will probably result in sudden and uncontrollable movement of the trailer known as “snaking”.
Pre journey checklist
. Coupling is secured on the hitch ball
. Lighting system works properly
. boat is securely and sufficiently fastened
. Tyre pressure
. Wheel hubs are firm
. Jack wheel works properly and is secured at the highest position.
. Spare wheel is ready for use
At the ramp
Since there is no specific formula for successful launches and retrievals as the circumstances diversify according to the location and the size of the boat, the user should take into consideration the following:
. Inclination of the ramp
. Length of trailer
. wind direction and velocity
. Height of waves
During a period of immobility, the trailer must be stored properly. It is important to remove weight from the wheels by placing support stands (4 under the main frame and 1 under the front beam) to reduce the constant load that damages the tyres and the suspension.
After each use the trailer must be thoroughly washed out with fresh water to avoid potential damaged caused by saltwater.