Excellent Trailer Guides to Follow
Let us guide you with some tips on how you should take care of your trailer. Checking your trailer regularly and nipping problems in the bud is the least expensive type of care and will give your trailer a longer life.
Wheel and Axle
- Always make sure that your trailer tyres are inflated properly as specified by the manufacturer. Inflating your tyres is one of the most basic maintenance items when it comes to vehicles, and increases the lifespan of your tyres, but is often overlooked. Also, wheels and tyres should be properly matched to ensure safety and reliable performance.
- Always remember to inspect and service the wheel bearings. Check these regularly and use an appropriate bearing adjustment method.
- When using aftermarket tyres, make sure that they are fitted properly and the wheel studs are long enough to ensure proper thread engagement. Remember to have your tyres rotated and balanced properly.
- Make sure to replace leaky tyres. If you experience uneven tyre wear, it is important to note the type and the nature of the wear pattern to determine the cause. Try contacting your tyre dealer to assist you with the problem.
- Support the back of the trailer when loading equipment to prevent overloading the rear axle. Keep this in mind when distributing your load.
- Make sure that there’s enough clearance around the sides and the top of the tyres to prevent the tyre rubbing on the frame.
- Oil lubricated bearings are suitable for trailers that are used continuously. Grease will provide a lasting protection for bearings if the trailer is stored for a long time.
Weight Distribution and Brakes
- When loading the trailer, make sure that the load is properly distributed to ensure good handling.
Always check your brakes and make sure they are functioning properly.
- Do not exceed the capacity of your trailer. Overloading can seriously degrade the life of your trailer and can destroy important components and lead to serious accidents.
- Use caution when fixing or servicing brakes. Some linings can contain asbestos that can harm your health.
- Lubrication of the moving parts in your brakes is very important.
- Do not allow grease or oil to contaminate the linings, magnets or drum surfaces.
- Location of the load within the trailer will affect the ride characteristics. Little load on the hitch can cause the trailer to sway out of balance. Too much loading on the hitch can overload your towing vehicle’s suspension.
- Always replace the brake shoe if the linings have been contaminated.