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.

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