When you rely on your trailer to make sure that your equipment is transported where it needs to go, you will need to make sure that the trailer doesn't fail and can keep your equipment safe while it's on the road. You must have a trailer maintenance strategy.
You will want to have set standards in place when maintaining your trailer. For instance, you will want to have set intervals for when your trailer will be inspected for damage, missing parts, and other maintenance needs. To remember these regular intervals, you will need excellent record-keeping. You should not find yourself wondering when you should perform maintenance on your trailer.
The most frequent trailer maintenance task is to check your tire pressure. If you have low tire pressure, you will be more likely to blow a tire. Low tire pressure will also make your trailer less balanced and leave it simply unsafe to tow. An unbalanced trailer can damage the foundation and lead to high repair costs.
The most common maintenance mistake made by trailer owners is to not grease bearings frequently enough. When you do not grease your hub frequently enough, your poorly greased hub might overheat, and you may cause a tire on the trailer to detach. You may also rip your fender off of your trailer. To keep your bearings well-lubricated, you should grease them at least once a year.
If you do not maintain your trailer brakes regularly, you may find your trailer brakes smoking or on fire. You will want to inspect the friction on your brake components and the actuating mechanism inside the drum.
Consider how heavily you use your trailer and factor this into your maintenance schedule. You may find it tempting to use a one-size-fits-all approach to maintenance. However, if you are using your trailer more often than the average individual, you may want to perform maintenance more frequently.
Learn about local trailer regulations and keep up-to-date on them, since they change regularly. The trailer regulations usually exist for a good reason and failing to abide by them will not only lead to potential legal problems, but your trailer might also become damaged. Because you may find it difficult to keep up-to-date on all trailer regulations, you might want to work with a local trailer maintenance company who is responsible for knowing regulations and can keep you on a maintenance schedule.