If your trailer comes with your boat’s brand on the side of it – for instance, Bennington, Avalon, Barletta etc. – then chances are that the trailer came to your dealer set up for the boat that’s on it. However, if your trailer is proudly branded ‘Genesis Trailers’, the dealer received a quality trailer that is fully adjustable for many different brands and styles of boats. If you believe your fit needs tweaking, give this procedure a once-over and connect with a qualified Genesis dealer for appropriate adjustments.
Unique Functional Products Disc Brakes & Actuator Systems
In most states, brakes are required on trailers with a GVWR of 3000 lb. For this reason, Genesis offers a variety of braking choices suitable for a wide range of trailer types. Please check your state’s trailer brake laws to make sure you’ve purchased a trailer with the legal braking configuration for your state. Genesis Trailers provides high-quality braking solutions, ensuring secure trailer operation across diverse traffic scenarios. Operating a trailer with brakes is relatively simple.
For the correct functioning of this system, it is imperative that the towing vehicle is outfitted with a compatible 7-way trailer plug trunk harness. This harness is essential to provide power to the solenoid.
The hydraulic disc actuator works by utilizing hydraulic pressure to transmit braking force from the towing vehicle to the trailer's disc brakes. The solenoid valve, controlled by the electrical connection from the towing vehicle, regulates the flow of brake fluid to engage and disengage the brakes as needed.
Tire Wear, Inflation, and Contacting the Tire Company
Tire Wear is your trailer’s way of telling you a component has been knocked out of place by rough roads, potholes, curb checks or other means. In most cases, the symptom is side wear which is indicative of an axle being knocked out of alignment. If the axle is a tube, then it may be realigned at a shop qualified to complete an alignment; however, in extreme incidents, or when the axle is channeled – the axle will need to be replaced. If this is the case, please contact a parts-selling Genesis Trailers dealer with your trailer’s VIN handy.
Tire wear should be checked frequently because once a wear pattern becomes firmly established it is difficult to stop, even if the underlying cause is corrected.
Tire inflation pressure is one of the most important factors in tire life. Tires should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer for the load. Please check the side wall of your tire for the correct PSI ratings. Pressure should always be checked when the tire is cold before operation. Check inflation pressure weekly during use to insure maximum tire life and monitor tread wear. If you have any questions about your tires, performance, appearance, etc., please contact the tire manufacturer at the contact information stated on the sidewall.
Alternatives to the 5-Prong Harness
To operate the solenoid on the trailer effectively, use a 5-prong wire harness on the tow vehicle that matches the trailer's wire harness plug. This allows simultaneous connection of the solenoid and trailer lights while towing. If a 5-prong harness is unavailable, temporary solutions can be used until the permanent plug is installed.
UFP actuators come with a lockout key attached to the side of the actuator on a short cable. Insert the round end of the key into the actuator slot to enable backing without engaging the brakes. Ensure the key falls out of the slot when moving the trailer forward. Leaving the key in the slot could disable the brake system, leading to potential accidents.
To use the solenoid with a 4-prong plug on the tow vehicle, disconnect the trailer's 5-prong harness from the vehicle's 4-prong harness. Rotate the harness 90 degrees and connect the blue wire (from the 5-prong harness) to the brown wire (on the 4-prong harness). Turn on the tow vehicle's lights to activate the solenoid, disengaging the brakes for backing up.
When loading and unloading your boat, ensure it rides level in the water. Pause when the bow contacts the rear rollers or bunks, allowing it to center, then apply power smoothly. Avoid submerging the rollers or bunks too deeply when loading; water should be even with the step on the taillight. Check the rear cross member pivot for free movement. Adjust rollers and bunks so they don't rest directly on the lift strakes, positioning them to the side instead. Genesis Trailers low-profile design aids in this process.
With these tips, loading and unloading your boat at the ramp should be hassle-free, ensuring a fun day at the lake.