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September 7, 2011

Trailering a PWC

Filed under: PWC Jet Ski Covers — Tags: , , — @ 9:23 pm
PWC cover

Use a trailerable PWC cover to protect your jet ski on the road.

When it comes to trailering your jet ski, a trailerable PWC cover can help protect your boat, keep it dry, and prevent road grime or gravel from marring your boat’s finish. Below are some tips on securing your trailerable cover for highway travel.

  • Only use a trailerable cover to protect your PWC on the road. Do not use a storage cover that is not approved for trailering use.
  • Make sure the PWC cover is installed tightly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing your cover. All trailering straps should be attached and tied down tightly.
  • Make sure the gas tank door is zipped shut.
  • Secure any loose strap ends. If the straps are left to flap in the wind, they can cause damage to the cover or to your PWC.
  • Before driving, recheck all straps.
  • After driving for a few miles, stop and check all the straps again. Tighten straps as needed to make sure the PWC and cover are secure. If you are trailering the PWC for a long distance, check the PWC and trailering straps every time you stop for gas or food.

July 6, 2009

Trailer Sway Control

Yesterday I got passed by a truck pulling a trailer loaded with 2 jet skis wrapped up snug as a bug in their jet ski covers. Looked good–except that the trailer was swaying back and forth like a drunk driver. Stuff like that makes me nervous–and I’m not even the one pulling a drunk trailer!

In the thick of summer, with more boat trailers and ATV trailers on the road, it’s not surprising to see a few wobbly trailers out there. What can you do to prevent trailer sway? The best way to prevent trailer sway is to stop it before it starts. Take the time to check over your trailer, hitch, and tow vehicle before hitting the road.

Make sure you have the proper equipment and hitch parts, including the right ball and coupler sizes, to tow your trailer. Check the weight distribution to make sure it is evenly balanced. Never exceed the weight capacity of your tow vehicle or trailer tongue. If the trailer tongue is too short or the suspension on the tow vehicle or trailer is too soft, this can also cause trailer sway. If you’re having towing trouble, check out the most common causes of sway and rule these out first before looking for other culprits.