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Looking for beginners tips to safely tow your new boat or aren’t sure what products to use for your trailer? This article includes tips on safely towing your boat and how to maintain your trailer.

Tips for a Beginner Looking to Tow a Boat

There’s absolutely no shame in not knowing how to tow a trailer. Let alone one with a hefty boat loaded on it. And hesitation and nerves about towing such a load should not prevent you from buying a boat and enjoying all of the adventures and experiences which are made possible because of it. If you are somebody who loves the outdoors and can’t wait to get your new boat in the water, however, you wouldn’t mind some beginner’s tips on how to tow your boat safely, Progressive Products has a post with some information that can help.

Tires Condition and Pressure

Just like your towing vehicle, the quality of your trailer tires and their pressure contribute greatly to how well the trailer handles along with how agile and adventurous your trailer can be.
  • Take a few minutes each month and check the condition of your trailer’s tires. If you drive often, consider checking before each trip. While it can seem excessive, trailer tires often aren’t as strong as your vehicle’s, leaving them open to damage easier.
  • Of course, the condition of your tire also contributes to how well you can climb. For trailers which include connected brakes, the benefit is only there is the tire itself can grip. If the tires can’t get grip when you brake then the trailer just adds to the weight your vehicle has to manage.
Once you are sure the condition is fine, it’s time to check the pressure. This doesn’t just mean increasing it because it looks low. Instead, give some thought to the type of driving you’re going to be doing, along with the terrain you expect to encounter. This could mean increasing the pressure for freeway driving until you hit the dirt and decreasing it. The purpose would be to reduce the likelihood punctures should you be driving over sharp objects. Whatever your driving conditions are likely to be, the prudent point is that you prepare for them. Keep your trailer’s bearings and joints well lubricated with the right grease for the job. Click here to buy AMSOIL’s purpose designed Synthetic Water Resistant Grease. Products like these resist washout and protect against corrosion and rust. If you aren’t sure, speak with Progressive Products by calling (425) 483-2582 and let an expert answer any questions you have and help you find the right product for your needs.


The above tip on tire condition mentioned the ability for your tire to grip the ground when your trailer’s brakes are engaged. This is a handy feature which many modern trailers have. However, just as it requires tire tread, the function also requires your trailer’s brakes to be in good working order. Give your brakes a quick check every six months or so, depending on your driving, to make sure they are going to work when you need them to.

Be Alert!

More so than during your regular drives, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. However, it isn’t always that easy when you have a heavily obstructed view. To work around this, get yourself a set of extended side-mirrors. These work alongside your existing mirrors and give you an extended wide-angle view of your tow, including other road users around you and obstacles you need to watch out for. If you expect to be doing a lot of reversing or the thought makes you particularly anxious, consider an extended rear-view camera which can connect to your vehicle’s existing system or one which you can install separately.

Last, but Certainly Not Least

Showing other road users your driving intentions is paramount to road safety and is something which all motorists and road users rely on during their regular drives. Towing is no different. Before each tow, make sure the connection between your vehicle and your trailer is secure and that all signals and safety features are working correctly.

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When it comes to towing a trailer and your boat, these are great tips to get you started. So don't feel nervous, get out there and enjoy everything that owning a boat has to offer! Of course, when it comes time for maintenance, it's always a good idea to use the best-suited products for the job. Click here to visit Progressive Products' online store to browse the range available along with further information about each product. Alternatively, pick up the phone and speak with a friendly expert by calling (425) 483-2582 and ask about products like AMSOIL's Synthetic Water Resistant Grease for your trailer or boat.

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