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September 21, 2007

Gmc Sierra Presents "Rip's Towing Tips"

"Hitting the road for a long weekend or annual vacation can be a lot more fun when you take your boat along. To make your trip simple, safe, and fun, follow these trailering tips."

  • Make sure the trailer coupler is completely over the hitch ball and double check the security of the latch to make certain it is closed. Adding a trailer hitch lock and a receiver lock, if you use a receiver-type hitch, can both be a real plus.
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  • Double check that the trailer lights are in working condition before starting the trip. Always carry a few extra bulbs with you and an extra wiring coupler.
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  • Check the grease levels in the automatic bearing greasers on the trailer. If you don't have them you should consider adding them. When arriving at your destination,a fter a long drive, do not immerse the wheel hubs in water. The bearings are usually warm and the cooling effect can cause water to be pulled into the bearing hubs.
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  • Carry or mount a spare tire for towing in the event of an emergency. A spare wheel hub assembly is also a good idea.
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  • Lighten the load on the outboard engine's hydraulic system. Tilt the engine up until you can lower the trailering bracket. Then lower the engine onto the bracket and continue lowering until the hydraulic rods receed into the pistons.
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  • Last, but most important, make sure your tow and hitch are rated to haul the weight of your boat. If you have any questions, check with your local dealer.

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