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Boat Trailers Terms to Know
If you're thinking about buying a boat trailer, it's important to understand the terms used to describe the equipment.
Gooseneck - A gooseneck trailer attaches to the ball in a truck bed. This trailer hitch is the most common type used to tow small watercraft.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - The GVWR is the maximum weight of the trailer and its cargo. The GVWR is set by the manufacturer before the trailer is offered for sale. Ignoring this rating will void any warranty you received during the sale.
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - The GAWR is used to describe the maximum weight that the trailer can hold. This includes the boat as well as any cargo. A rental agreement will normally specify that you agree not to exceed this weight when transporting your boat.
Streetside - This term refers to the part of the trailer that is equivalent to the driver's side of a vehicle.
Bow Stop - A bow stop is a rubber block used to hold the stem of a boat once it is on the trailer. The bow stop also helps prevent the boat from shifting while in transport.
Beavertail - A beavertail is the part at the end of the trailer that slopes downward slightly. This feature helps during the loading and unloading process.
Cargo Space - A boat trailer may have an enclosed area to hold cargo and equipment for the boat. This storage area on the trailer can often be locked for extra security.
Hitch - Some boat trailers will include a hitch so you can also tow a small utility trailer behind your boat. However, you may be restricted from towing a utility trailer behind your boat by state law.
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Boat trailers are hitched to a car or truck to transport the boat to and from the loading dock and storage facility. Buyers can find new and used models available that match the load and weight capacity needed during transportation. Hydraulic, pontoon, and gooseneck boat trailers are available from rental companies for those that only need one for a temporary amount of time. Dealers sell enclosed trailers to keep boats to keep them secure during travel.
Boat trailer dealers often sell pontoon, hydraulic, and other types of boats for customers to browse, as well as replacement parts and repair services. Tires, hitches, axles, and other parts can be bought from a dealer when needed. Portable fish finders, aluminum boat trailers, hydraulic boat trailers, and pontoon boat trailers are available in different sizes to accommodate various loads. Customers can speak with professional dealers to look at the different models they sell and what customization options they are looking to add.
Visiting several different companies that sell boat trailers allow customers to find which dealer offers the best price for the model they want. Any questions the customer may have regarding transporting the boat or proper care can be answered by the seller. Some companies may only sell a few models, while others have more options to choose from. The Internet is a good resource for buyers to do some research on the pros and cons of each type of boat trailer and to find a local dealer they can visit in person.