The trailer’s safety chain/cable length MUST be
set short enough so the actuator’s break-away
cable is NOT pulled if the coupler separates
from the tow vehicle’s hitch but remains con-
nected by the safety chains/cables. The break-
away system should only be activated after
BOTH the trailer’s coupler and safety chains/
pletely separate from the tow vehicle. Provide
just enough slack in the trailer safety chains/
cables to allow short radius turns. The chains/
cables should not drag on the ground. Safety
chains/cables must be used.
Be sure the tow vehicle and trailer are level and
have a positive tongue load. This will allow the
brake actuators to function properly on trailer
models having such braking systems.
Be sure to read the manufacturer’s literature, included in
the owner’s packet,beforetowingyourFourWinns®boat
B. Backing Up With Surge Disc Brakes
Before backing up a slope or through soft ground,
pull the trailer forward slightly to assure the actuator
socket is in the fully forward position.
Back the trailer up.
Avoid sharp turns. This could bend, create ex-
treme stress or fracture either the actuator or
Figure S13: Crossing the Safety Chains/Cables
To reduce the risk of Break-away accidents, be
sure coupler is seated and safety chains/cables
crisscrossed before trailering.
Be sure to check for obstacles or persons be-
hind the trailer before backing up. Also, adjust
your mirrors for clear view of the area behind the
Rubber safety chain straps are included on the
“S” hooks to prevent chains/cables from bounc-
ing off of the tow vehicle and must be used.
If the trailer is to be uncoupled from the tow vehicle
after backing, block all trailer wheels and pull forward
slightly to take strain off the actuator.
Retract jack fully and place in trailering or horizontal
Uncouple the actuator by lifting the release handle
and raise the trailer tongue with the jack.
vehicle and trailer should be level with a positive
tongue load. Four Winns® trailers are designed with
tongue weights between 5% and 10% of the total
weight of the boat, fuel, gear and trailer. The trailer
trailer position, consult your Four Winns dealer be-
For most trailering conditions, the brake actuator will
allow you to back up normally. However, if the coupler
is not wired or if there is a failure the trailer can still be
backed up by using the manual brake lockout.
To use your lockout, check that no force is being ap-
plied to the actuator. This is achieved by positioning the
towing vehicle and the trailer on a flat service, or with the
trailer downhill from the tow vehicle. Set the vehicle’s
Sundowner™ Owner’s Manual
|Categories||Four Winns Manuals, Four Winns Sundowner Manuals, Outboard Marine Corporation Manuals|
|Tags||Four Winns Sundowner 205, Four Winns Sundowner 225, Four Winns Sundowner 245, Four Winns Sundowner 285|
|Model Year||2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
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