Trailers are pretty convenient and have many uses, but like the vehicle, a trailer also needs to be maintained and checked for safety and efficiency purposes. For years, we’ve created trailers here at Titan Engineering and we’ve tackled a lot of problems in terms of trailer maintenance (or lack of it!). Today, we’ll give you some tips on how to check and maintain your trailers. Here’s a short list of maintenance items you should follow to keep your trailer in top condition.
- Always take your service and maintenance manual wherever you go. This will help you troubleshoot trailer problems when on the road.
- Overloading can be a serious problem. It can shorten the life of the trailer components and can result in unsafe braking and even lead to catastrophic failure.
- Check the bolts and fasteners that may apply to your trailer to ensure that they are operating correctly and safely.
- Make sure the lights are working properly (ex. brake lights, tail lights, clearance lights).
- Inspect the structural frame of your trailer for cracks and rust.
- Inspect your tyres before going on a trip for proper inflation and damage of any kind. Check the lugs for proper torque. Tip: A well-inflated tire can save you a lot of fuel.
- Check the axle manufacturer’s guide for your trailer and follow the instructions in the manual on how to properly maintain the axle.
Check the battery in the braking system of your trailer. Brakes are important for proper maneuvering of your trailer and for safety purposes. Inspect the emergency brake devices and make sure they are in working order before using your trailer.
- Lubrication of your trailer is very important. Grease will provide better protection for bearings during long periods of storage. Also, lubrication prevents friction that causes heat deterioration of the bearings.
- Always make sure that you have the right tools and servicing protection when on the road. Trailer breakdowns can happen anytime and anywhere, so you need to be prepared all the time.
- We recommend having your trailer inspected annually by a qualified mechanic to ensure that damage that is not obvious is picked up.
Good years of service from your trailer requires daily maintenance and checking to prevent problems that may cost a lot. If you are looking for a trailer specialist or are planning to make your very own custom trailer, make sure to contact us today at Titan Engineering.