A good trailer will give decades of service, but if you want to be able to rely on it every time you need it, you do need to keep on top of a little routine maintenance. Book a service using the form below. For a standard trailer that is just simple things like:
- We reccomend you wash your trailer down after carrying any grass clippings, fertiliser, cement etc. The galvanising on your trailer will be destroyed with prolonged contact with these materials.
- Always wash your trailer after exposure to salt water and sea spray. Salt deposits will shorten the life of the galvanising on your trailer.
- Apply general purpose grease to your tow-ball on a regular basis.
- Before embarking on a long journey with your trailer, check tyre pressures and look for signs of wear of damage. Jack the trailer up and spin the wheels. Listen for any rumbling noises or rough rotation which could indicate worn wheel bearings. With the trailer jacked up, firmly grasp each tyre and check for movement side to side as well as top to bottom. If any movement is felt, the bearing will need to be re-seated.
- Regardless of your trailer usage, wheel bearings should be maintained and lubricated at least every 12 months
- Trailer World has a fully equipped trailer maintenance workshop phone Paul on 09 2320271 to book your service or to get expert advice
Also important for a new trailer is a three month service, to check and tighten the hubs, and make sure all components are working well.
Of course you can wait until something goes wrong or your trailer fails a warrant check. But isn't it better to stay on the road through programmed maintenance? You'll get that automatically as part of a lease if you choose that option, but if you buy, we can provide it as well. It won't cost much, and it will be worth it.
Just as important as staying on the road and being safe, and keeping other road users safe. The dangers of towing a faulty trailer came into stark focus in December 2008 when a trailer detached from a car and caused a fatality near Whangarei. Click here for our response.