A PWC trailer must stay within the guided limits in relation to size and capacity.
When calculating the total load, make sure to determine the weight of the accessories and fuel on top of the weight of the personal watercraft.
Open vs. Closed frames
A PWC trailer is constructed with an open or close frame. The open and closed frames can have an impact on the wiring. An open frame leaves the wires exposed, but this does mean in the event of damage or faults the potential problem is easy to locate. A closed frame is more effective at protecting the wires, but with the wiring concealed the problems are much more difficult to spot and repair. Plus, a further benefit of the open frame design is the ability to quickly drain water.
Frame construction and strength
A proper trailer for a PWC is designed, constructed, and approved for use in a marine environment. The trailer should give proper support to the full weight of the Jet Ski and accessories. Plus, the wiring and lights should be built to withstand submersion in the sea or river water. Also, the finish of the trailer should offer high durability and come with a galvanized or powder coating, which is significantly more resilient than enamel or similar.
On each occasion the PWC trailer is used make sure to give a full visual inspection to ensure it is in full working order. Below are eleven of the things to check before each use:
- Inspect the wires for signs of wear and inflation
- Look at the safety chain and hitch to ensure it is free of stress and wear
- Check the brakes for the trailer just after setting off to make sure they will function once on the road
- Review the electrical components (bulbs, wiring, terminals, etc.) to ensure there are no burned or corroded connections
- Make sure a good amount of bearing grease is applied to the wheel bearings
- Ensure each of the main and lug nuts are fully tight and in place
- Inspect the bunks, rollers, and stops for early signs of cracks or wear
- Test the coupler and ball to make sure it is at the right size and is able to fully secure in place. Look for signs of stress and wear
- Safety secure the PWC to the trailer at the bow and stern – use a sufficient number of tie-downs to avoid accidents on the highway
- Pack a varied selection of basic emergency supplies, such as highway flares, mounted tire, grease, bearings, spare bulbs, basic tools, etc.
- Appreciate the extra dimensions of the trailer at the rear of the vehicle and drive carefully. Give extra space to other road users and make sure to indicate maneuvers early. Also, give more time to complete the journey and avoid speeding.
A regular stop by the roadside to check the rig can benefit and this periodical check should help to minimize accidents on the road. Give the tie-downs, lights, and wheel bearings a regular check.