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Outdoors: Following trailering tips can help reduce use of gasoline

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Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 12:10 pm | Updated: 4:26 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

With gas prices hitting all- boat and trailer are level when time highs, the folks at hooked to the vehicle.

Proper ShoreLand’r Trailers have boat and trailer adjustment come up with a list of traile- also reduces wind resistance. ring tips that will help get the

• Make sure the tow vehicle most out of your gas money. is capable of towing the boat

• Check tire pressure on and trailer package by checkthe vehicle and trailer. Low ing the vehicle’s tow rating in tire pressures add drag to the owner’s manual. Using a both the vehicle and trailer, 2,000-pound tow package to reducing fuel mileage. Low tow a 3,000-lb. boat and tire pressure can also lead to trailer package will reduce heat-caused tire failures. fuel mileage and is unsafe.

• Proper tongue weight is a

• To further reduce wind must and should be between 5 resistance, invest in a boat to 7 percent of the total tow cover. This will reduce the package weight including wind drag when towing down boat, loaded gear and trailer. the highway and also protects This helps the trailer tow the boat from the elements properly by reducing swaying. and prying eyes.

• Make sure the boat is

• Most trailers come with level on the trailer, and the bearing protectors to keep the hubs properly lubed. These need to be checked regularly. If the hub has adequate grease, it will rock back and forth slightly, but it will not fully compress. Refer to the trailer owner’s manual for specific instructions.

• When towing, accelerate slowly and steadily from complete stops. Maintain constant speeds. If the speed limit is 55 mph, maintain this speed. When driving on an interstate highway where the posted speed limit is 65 to 75 mph, driving 5 mph slower than the posted speed limit not only improves your gas mileage, it’s a lot safer.


The Mesa chapter of the Southwest Walleye Anglers Club will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Arizona Game and Fish Department offices, 7200 E. University Drive. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month.

For more information, call (480) 945-6122 or visit

www.nealsfishingtackle.com/ swwa/swwa1.html.


A safe-boating class will be held in the Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 S. All American Way, in Tempe from 6-10 p.m. on June 22 and June 24.

Many insurance companies offer a discount on boat insurance after taking a boating safety course. Course fee is $5. To register, call (480) 350-5201.


Lower Salt River below Saguaro Lake: The river was stocked with rainbow trout at Water Users Parking Lot and Blue Point Bridge last week. Fish can be caught on prepared trout baits in a jar like Berkley Power Bait and salmon eggs, as well as corn and marshmallows, plus live baits like crickets, nightcrawlers and red worms. In-line spinners and small crankbaits may catch fish in deeper pools.

Fish are averaging 9-14 inches. Flyfishing can be productive in this stretch of the river. Black and brown wooly bugger patterns have been working.

River flow and a statewide fishing report can be checked at


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