A small guide for maintaining your trailer
Maintaining your trailer properly is a must, which is why it’s important to learn the best ways and set a schedule for your trailer before you start towing it.
We always recommend consulting the owner’s and axle manuals for your individual trailer, but here are some general guidelines and tips which all trailer owners should be aware of for maintaining and operating your trailer safely. Just like your car, your trailer needs regular maintenance so you can use it for years to come.
Washing a Trailer
Most trailers are given an auto finish with several coats of paint and sealant. You should wash trailers with warm water, using soap that’s specially formulated to take it easy on auto finishes. If you don’t have a trailer with an automotive-grade finish, soapy fresh water will suffice. Use a regular hose to rinse off. Keep in mind that high-powered pressure washers can damage the finish and vitiate the trailer’s body.
Be mindful to spend time cleaning the reflective plates and lights to let them shine. Also, don’t forget to rinse off the undercarriage, as road dust can accumulate and affect the moving parts.
Look for rusted parts and areas as you wash. Sand away any patches you find with sandpaper or steel wool.
Tow Coupling Check
The most important thing for safely towing your trailer is to ensure that the vehicle and trailer are properly connected, and a well-maintained tow coupling is crucial to this.
Inspect the hitch regularly to see no parts have worked themselves loose. The tow ball on your vehicle should be tight, and it shouldn’t wobble or spin. Also, check the electrical cables as they become frayed easily. It is also a good idea to spray WD40 on the electrical plug of your towing vehicle, in order to prevent rusting.
Greasing Your Trailer Parts
Pretty much any part of your trailer that’s designed to move in some form or fashion or comes in contact with other parts should be kept lubricated to prevent corrosion and friction. Keeping your trailer’s parts greased can help keep joints and axels moving smoothly.
Features like a winch, ball hitch, springs, tongue jack, wheel bearings and cylindrical ring, all require lubrication and greasing throughout the year. It’s a good idea to make lubricating your trailer’s moving parts an important part of your routine before each long trip.
Check the Brakes
Check your brake cables for wear and tear and keep a special lookout for brakes on bearings and brake shoes. Brake pads can be easily replaced. So if there is ever any doubt about its working, changing them would be worthwhile. They aren’t expensive but they are very important for the running of a trailer and its braking system.
Check Trailer Lights
The wiring for all trailer lights should be placed together. In most cases, all wires converge at a central plug that connects to a wiring socket, powered by your coach vehicle. Ensure that the wiring insulation is in good shape. Keep an eye out for corroded, cracked or worn out spots. If you do come across any weak spots, wrap it several times with electrical tape to insulate it.
While your vehicle’s engine is turned off (and your lights in the “off” position for good measure), you must clean off your electrical connectors. Get rid of any road grime or other type of build-up. Once clean, dab on a little bit of di-electric waterproof grease. This type won’t conduct electricity and keeps moisture out of your electrical connections. You can also dab this type of grease around light bulb sockets and other places where moisture can get into your electrical system.
For precise information regarding your specific trailer and its type, write to us or call us on the given number. We have the best range of locally-built trailers that have been designed according to our local weather and road conditions.