Basic trailer maintenance is a must for anyone who owns a trailer boat. And while the broader topic of general trailer maintenance requires an in-depth discussion, the basics can be summed up in a short video. This short video.


As we said, these are just the basics. And if you’re new to trailer boating, you probably also want to get some advice on how to tow your boat safely and easily. Never fear, fellow trailer boater—we have an extensive library on this topic, right here on

Begin your research by reading our Boat Towing Guide. This in-depth piece covers towing from top to bottom, both the basics and advanced tactics and techniques. Then, be sure to watch our Boat Towing video series, sponsored by Ram Trucks. These videos include:

Finally, to get a grip on more in-depth trailer maintenance, watch How to Do a Seasonal Trailer Inspection. Remember, the five items we covered in this basic trailer maintenance video are really just a starting point. You’ll also need to perform this seasonal inspection, and then whether you do the work yourself or take the trailer to a mechanic, attack any significant maintenance chores that you may notice need attention.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.