Trailers are an incredibly beneficial asset. Whether you’re traveling across the country or simply hauling some debris to the bump, it’s important to keep your trailer in working order. Maintaining your trailer is crucial to its reliability. Unfortunately, many drivers neglect their trailers, which may result in deadly accidents while towing. Thankfully, maintaining your trailer is simple. Here are 5 tips to help keep your trailer in working order!
Invest In Quality Parts
Investing in quality parts is one of the best decisions you can make. The hitch you choose will make or break your towing experience. Cheap hitches allow inertia and movement to repeatedly impact both your trailer and towing vehicle, causing them to wear out faster than they should. Quality hitches, like those at GEN-Y Hitch, use Torsion-Flex technology, which absorbs 90% of the inertia, reducing sway and extending the life of your trailer. Whether you’re towing long-distance or simply moving a big load, GEN-Y has the hitch for you.
Perform Routine Maintenance
Once you know you have quality parts, make sure you regularly check your trailer for any issues. Uneven tire tread, faulty wiring in the brake lights, cracks in the siding, and much more can worsen over time and cause major issues. Catching these problems while they’re small may require extra attention to detail but can save your major headaches down the road.
Replace Parts As Needed
Inevitably, your trailer is going to need some replacement parts. From tires to axles, from hitch mounts to wiring harnesses, everything has a lifespan. When the time comes for something to be replaced, don’t put it off. However tempting it is to “get a few more trips out of it,” it can only end in disaster. Having something break and fail while towing a heavy load doesn’t just endanger you but everyone around you.
Always Conduct A Pre-Trip Checklist
No matter how new and shiny your trailer is, there’s always a chance for something to happen. Maybe someone hit your trailer while it was parked, or exposure to the elements caused your roof to weaken over time. Whatever the case, never assume your trailer is in working order. Put together a checklist to go over every time you plan on towing your trailer. Items to look out for include:
- Tire pressure
- Strong and secure connection with the hitch of your tow vehicle
- Damage to the roof
- Working lights
- Exposed wiring
Keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary that could potentially cause problems. If you’re unsure as to the seriousness of an issue, always err on the side of caution.
Prepare For Each Season
Depending on the season, your trailer will be up against different challenges, and so will you. Things like tire tread are far more important during the snowy seasons, whereas roof leaks are really noticeable during heavy storms. As the weather begins to change, identify what potential issues each season may bring. Maintaining your trailer during each season will help prevent it from failing when you need it most.
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