Hibernating Your Boat Trailer For Winter

We are quickly coming to the time of the year when many boat owners hibernate their boats and trailers for winter.

Wise boat trailer owners know that the end of the boating season and during winter is the best time to take care of any servicing and repairs – not only so they can head straight out on the water on the first sunny day in spring without hassles but also because any damage that has occurred during the summer boating season will get worse if it sits dormant during winter.

Why can the damage get worse when the trailer is not being used? Obviously not all damage falls into this category but many small problems with a boat trailer seize or rust up from the trailers lack of use during winter. This can mean that a small simple repair becomes a larger and more expensive repair a few months down the track. Not to mention that you may forget about the damage until you try to take the boat our again in spring – only to discover your days plans ruined.

For those that have registration due in the winter months don’t forget to book in for your rego check and annual service. Remember, if your trailer’s registration lapses for more than 3 months you will require a blue slip (eAUVIS) for your trailer to get it re-registered. A blue slip (eAUVIS Inspection) requires not only a safety check but also a design and ID check. Whist not a long process it will cost you more money in registration fees at Service NSW to get it re-registered.

Caravan Awning Storm Damage

The late summer storm season has well and truly hit us over the last few weeks and many caravan owners have experienced damage to their awnings from the strong winds whipping up while their awning was still extended.

This damage is not only limited to the awning fabric itself but strong winds can also bend the awning hardware which is the arms of the awning that extend out from the caravan walls. What many caravan owners either forget or don’t realise is that when their awning is damage in a storm most insurance policies will cover its replacement.

Why do I say replacement? The fabric of a caravan awning is attached to a spindle that is pre-tensioned at the time of manufacture. The replacement awning fabric is purchased on a new tensioned spindle – not on its own to be wound onto the existing spindle.

Bold Trailers can assist you with repairing and replacing your caravan awning. If you are claiming through your insurance that’s fine with us. We are happy to work with all insurance companies to make your repair as easy as possible. Not sure what to do next? Give us a call on 8544-8114 and book a time to bring your caravan to our workshop and we can have a look at what has happened and advise you on your options.