Boat Maintenance Course Details

Loading.
  • Weight distribution on the trailer
  • Spreading the load onto runners and rollers.
  • Tying down boats and ancillary equipment

Driving
  • Starting off. Checking tow ball, brakes, lights and coupling, making sure jockey wheel is secure.
  • Dealing with incompatible light fittings.
  • Understanding the consequences of towing trailers – braking, turning, following other traffic, getting out of the way of following traffic, the need for more space behind traffic, the need to drive conservatively.
  • Dealing with skidding and fishtailing.
  • Keeping an eye on the load.
  • Gauging trailer location and width and reversing. This can only be taught by experience. We can do some basic training but it takes a few episodes of reversing to become familiar and comfortable with the techniques needed.

Maintenance

I think that anyone using an LBT trailer for more than a short drive should be capable of basic maintenance – changing a wheel, replacing a bearing, tracing an fixing a minor electrical fault.
  • Checking the state of tow balls
  • Checking wiring operation, replacing bulbs, fixing basic wiring problems
  • Checking the state of tyres, tyre wear, bearings from external examination
  • Rust – the ultimate enemy. Preventing it, treating it.
  • Replacing a wheel. Securing the trailer, loosening nuts, jacking the trailer, lifting the sad tyre, replacing it, screwing down the nuts lightly, lowering the trailer, tightening nuts.
  • Bearings. What do they look like, what types are used, what do you need to replace them.
  • Replacing a bearing. Jack up and remove the wheel. Remove the cover plate and cotter pin. Unscrew the crown nut. Remove the bearing (inside and outside components, making sure you have all the parts (collars etc), check the inside seals ,repack bearing with grease or replace it (which means lots of grease0. Diagnostics from the grease – burning, water in the grease. Reassemble, replace wheel, clean up the mess.