It’s easy to remember to care for your car. You’re always using it. It’s not always easy to remember that your trailer needs regular maintenance, too. To ensure your trailer lasts for years, here are a few maintenance tips to keep in mind.
1. Tire Pressure and Tread
One of the first maintenance services you should look into is your tires. You can perform a visual inspection of your tires, yourself. You need to look for damaged valves, sharp objects sticking into the tire, or any general damage. It’s a good time to check the tread, too.
If you use your trailer often, then there’s a good chance that the tread may smooth. It may be time to replace the tire.
Otherwise, you’ll need to have the pressure checked. You should always check the tire pressure before every trip. A flat tire can cause a lot of harm to your car and trailer if you drive on one.
2. Check Couplings
Another important maintenance tip is to check the couplings. These are responsible for connecting your vehicle to the trailer. If they start to wear out, then you could face some serious trouble. One thing you can check for yourself is the sturdiness of the couplings.
Push the couplings back and forth as well as up and down. If the couplings don’t budge, then they’re in good condition. If they do slide, then they’re too loose.
You should also inspect the chains that are attached to the secondary couplings. Are they rusted or damaged? If so, then it’s time to have them replaced.
3. Brake Inspection and Replacement
If you use your trailer a lot, then you should have the brakes inspected at least twice a year. Depending on what kind of braking system it uses, it may require additional maintenance as well.
Having your brakes checked is essential for basic safety. The last thing you want is to hit the brakes and have the trailer keep coming at you.
Some of the things to look out for in your brakes are signs of corrosion or stuck parts. Both of these can make braking less efficient, if not impossible. Maintenance can clean them up and ensure the entire system works harmoniously.
4. Inspecting Suspension
One final tip is to have the suspension inspected. Just like your car, the trailer is subject to a lot of rough riding. If you have delicate objects inside of the trailer, then you need the suspension to be working correctly. Certain conditions like salt and dirt can muddy up a suspension. It may impact how well it does its job.
It’s also possible for stray bits of debris to fly up from the road and damage the suspension. This can impact how rough the ride is for the trailer.
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