Protecting Trailers From Harsh Weather ConditionsJanuary 19, 2023 by Kyle McFarlane
A trailer is a big investment, so you want to properly protect it from the elements to extend its longevity. Regular maintenance and proper care are essential for keeping your trailer in good condition. Use these four tips to protect your investment and keep the trailer in great shape.
Store It Properly
When you aren’t planning to use your trailer for a while, your best option is to store it to protect it from the elements. Obviously, the best option for trailer storage is an enclosed garage. Enclosed spaces protect your trailer from storms, debris, dust and water that could damage the exterior. Enclosed spaces also have hard flooring that preserves the tread on your trailer tires. If you make sure the tires are well inflated before storing the trailer, you can be confident that they will stay in good condition once you return to use the trailer.
If an enclosed garage is not an option and you must store your trailer on grass, consider using pavers to keep the tires properly inflated. You can also store the trailer on asphalt to prevent wearing down the tires. The most important thing to think of if you are storing your trailer outdoors is how to cover it. Invest in a high-quality, waterproof trailer cover that can protect more investment from the elements.
Clean It Well
You probably know the importance of cleaning your vehicle on a regular basis, but you may not know that you need to clean your trailer for the same reasons. Spray down your trailer before putting it in storage so you can remove any dirt, dust, salt, liquid road spray or impurities that could damage the exterior. You don’t necessarily have to wash your trailer every time you use it, but the more you can wash it during the winter months, the better off you will be. During the winter when snow is likely, most cities use salt on the roads to produce better traction for vehicles. While salt can be a lifesaver, it can also be extremely damaging to the exteriors of vehicles and trailers. It’s best to hose down your trailer after every winter excursion if you want to keep it in good shape.
Make it a habit to inspect your trailer on a regular basis. Check the exterior for any dents or scratches. Check the tire pressure and cap the valve stems as needed. Add more air as necessary. You should also thoroughly inspect the components underneath the trailer. If everything is in good working condition, you won’t have to do anything to extend the longevity of your trailer, but inspecting its performance regularly allows you to catch small issues before they spiral into major problems and need significant repairs.
Maintain the Tires
Your trailer tires are just as important as the ones on your primary vehicle, so if you plan on storing your trailer for any length of time, it’s important to take proper care of the tires. If you neglect tire maintenance, you may find deflated or dry-rotted tires the next time you take your trailer out of storage. Make sure you examine the valve stems and check the tire pressure (keep at the PSI recommended by the tire manufacturer –stated on the wall of the tire) on your trailer before storing the vehicle. Clean off any dirt that has built up on the valve stems and cap them to prevent air from leaking out. You should also ensure that your tires are dry before putting your trailer in storage.
Find a Great Selection of Trailers at McFarlane Trailer Sales
McFarlane Trailer Sales has a great selection of trailer models to fit individual needs. We also provide trailer service and repair to keep your investment in great working condition. If you’re looking for a new trailer and want to be sure that it is properly serviced and made of high-quality materials, contact us today to ask about our current inventory.