If you pull a boat trailer long enough, you’ll eventually have a tire issue. The odds are not in our favor.
The fact that it doesn’t happen regularly causes many outdoorsmen to neglect a few simple tools that will keep them out of a pinch. And a pinch is exactly what two anglers were in on the same day recently at a boat launch. One had a flat tire on his truck, the other had a flat on a trailer tire, and neither guy had the tools needed to get home. Lucky for them, I was prepared.
Sometimes big problems do have simple solutions, provided you’ve packed the following items:
Four-way lug wrench – sizes to fit both your truck and trailer tires
Breaker bar – with sockets to fit both truck and trailer tires
High-quality bottle jack – make sure it will fit under your boat’s trailer frame
Blocks of wood – to help extend the height reach of your jack
Editor’s note: Capt. Ross Robertson of Bigwater Guide Service and his crew provide educational guide trips for monster walleyes and smallmouth bass. The Bigwater team fishes ice-out to ice-up on the Great Lakes, spending the majority of the year on Lake Erie’s western and central basins.
Images and video by Capt. Ross Robertson