Winter Maintenance Tips for Enclosed Trailers

Winter Maintenance Tips for Enclosed Trailers

Whether you’re a business owner or a weekend warrior, your enclosed trailers work hard for you, and if you want it to last, you need to ensure that it is well maintained and gets the TLC it deserves.

Trailer maintenance is not something you can do on the fly. If you want your trailer to give you years of reliable service, you need to draw up a proper trailer maintenance schedule and set aside time to complete a thorough inspection of the entire trailer. Most trailer manufacturers recommend that you do this at least every 3-months to increase the lifespan of your trailer and ensure that it is always roadworthy and safe to operate.

  • While most parts of a trailer need to be inspected at regular intervals, tires, lights, and brakes need to be checked before every trip.
  • Inspect LED tail lights and clearance lights during dark hours and winter conditions, making sure they are working effectively and visible in all weather.
  • Repair any broken or cracked exterior lights immediately to ensure that your trailer remains safe and roadworthy.
  • If your trailer has interior dome lights, check that these are in good working order.
  • Check your tires every time you use your trailer. The condition of your tires can affect your mileage but more crucially, the safety of your trailer. Tires expand and contract as they heat up and cool down, so make sure there are no cracks in the rubber and that the treads aren’t worn through. Pump your tires to the manufacturers recommended PSI.
  • If your trailer has brakes, make sure the brake drums are thick enough to work effectively in an emergency.
  • Check all electrical features and elements that are prone to corrosion, and repair or replace damaged items as soon as possible.
  • Check all of the trailers moving parts to ensure that they are properly lubricated, especially if you are using your trailer in harsh winter weather. Check the axles, wheel bearings, tongue jacks, hinges and any other parts that need to move freely for the trailer to function properly. Keeping these parts well lubricated will prevent future damage.
  • Check all your equipment, like safety chains and straps, to make sure they function properly and replace anything that is broken or missing.
  • Clean the exterior and interior of the trailer and remove any debris and dirt that can cause rust. Caked on dirt, grime and salt can lead to severe corrosion if it is not cleaned off regularly. Areas that you need to pay particular attention to are the underside of the mud flaps, the undercarriage of the trailer, rims and tire treads. Make sure you remove all debris and stones from in between the treads.

If you do not feel confident maintaining your own trailer then seek the advice of an expert. At McFarlane’s, we specialize in offering the best-enclosed trailers for sale in Ontario but we will happily help you maintain your trailer and ensure that it keeps running smoothly for many years.