Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Landscape Trailer

Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Landscape Trailer

Your landscape trailers work hard for you. Day in and day out it is on the road, often carrying a heavy load, and you need to ensure that it is properly maintained. Scheduled maintenance will not only ensure that your trailer is safe and fit for purpose, but it will also enable you to spot and fix small issues before they become big problems, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.

You need to do a thorough inspection of your landscape trailer at least twice a year, preferably in fall and spring as these are transitional times for both your work and the weather. A fall inspection is essential to ensure that your trailer is ready for harsh weather conditions and in spring you need to check that the trailer hasn’t suffered too much during the winter.

Here are five tips for maintaining your landscape trailer and ensuring that it keeps working hard for you, year after year.

Hold it all together with good hitch maintenance

The hitch mount and trailer ball carry a heavy load, and it is vital to check that the frame mounting bolts are correctly tightened and to lube all wear points. Also complete a visual inspection of the entire hitch to make sure that there are no visible cracks on the receiver, shank and tow ball. Check the trailer coupler to see that the jaws fit tightly over the tow ball and finally inspect the trailer safety chains or cables and look for worn or damaged chain links.

Ensure that all your lights are working

Working trailer lights and indicators are essential when towing. Every time you use your landscape trailer you need to make sure that the brake and indicator lights function correctly. But you also need to check the light wiring connections between your trailer and your tow vehicle at regular intervals. These are potential wear-points so you need to be sure that there are no loose or frayed wires in either the receptacle or plug. Once you have checked the wiring, clean the plug pins and receptacle with spray-on terminal cleaner, coat plug ends with dielectric grease and repair or replace bad connectors. Don’t forget to check the wiring under the trailer as well.

Check your tires and keep your wheels on the road

Your wheels keep your trailer safely on the road so don’t neglect them. Check your tires regularly and make sure that they are correctly inflated. Over- or under-inflated tires wear out more quickly than correctly inflated ones. Check the tread and wear pattern of your tires and replace worn tires when necessary. But don’t ignore the rest of the wheel. When you do your bi-annual maintenance check, make sure that the lug nuts are properly tightened and that the wheel bearings are well lubricated and repack or replace them if necessary.

Don’t neglect your springs and axles

Springs and axles are often overlooked during trailer maintenance but these are some of the hardest working parts of a landscape trailer. Inspect the springs, axles, and brackets for any sign of damage and ensure that mounting bolts are properly tightened. Immediately repair and replace any parts that are damaged or broken. Bent or misaligned axles will cause uneven wear on your tires so check that the axles are straight.

Makes sure your winches and tie-downs are in good condition

Winches and tie-downs are placed under a lot of stress so it is important to check their condition. Frayed cables can be very dangerous and need to be replaced immediately. The solenoids of your winch also need to be cleaned before and after the winter. At the same time replace or repair any bent or damaged tie-downs and retighten the decking bolts and screws.

Bi-annual landscape trailer maintenance may seem like a hassle but it is vital to your trailer’s safety. If you neglect to do it you may shorten the lifespan of your trailer but, worse still, your trailer may become unsafe and pose a risk to yourself and others. McFarlane’s can help you with all your landscape trailer maintenance needs.