TOWING YOUR BOAT SAFELY

Boats are usually sold along with an appropriate trailer. However, if you bought your boat from an individual seller or you’ve changed vehicles, you might not be using the right trailer. It’s a good idea to understand proper towing procedure to protect both your boat and your vehicle.

Size and capacity are key here. You must figure out the combined weight of the boat and engine as well as a trailer’s load capacity. If the weight is 90% of more of the capacity, you’ll need the next size trailer. What you carry on the boat will quickly use up that extra 10% or less, so it’s not worth taking the chance.

You’ll also want to inspect the coupler and ball hitch used to connect the trailer to your vehicle. The sizes need to match perfectly, otherwise they could separate mid-tow. Frame-mounted hitches always provide more security than bumper-mounted ones. Consider switching if you are able.

Another factor that can make a huge difference is the size of your vehicle. The amount of weight a vehicle can pull depends on a lot of factors. Usually, larger vehicles can handle similar weights, but you always need to check the manufacturer’s guidelines to be safe. Depending on make and model, full-size trucks and SUVs can often tow up to 20,000 pounds. Smaller SUVs and other vehicles may only be able to handle 3,500 pounds or less.

Whether you’re storing your boat, RV, or other large items, Big Item Storage can accommodate your needs. Both our Rockport and Corpus Christi locations are clean and secure. For more information or to reserve your spot, check out our website here or call us at 361-937-2423 (Corpus) or 361-238-7177 (Rockport).