Monthly Archives: August 2019

Trailer Care

Exterior Metal Surfaces

The exterior metal surfaces of your trailer are painted with coatings that are combined for lasting color, clarity and durability. However, standard maintenance is still required.

In the case of light surface dirt, standard rainwater will usually be satisfactory. If there is a heavier layer of dirt and road grime that rain does not remove, you may need to use a normal solution of water and a household detergent. A soft brush with light pressure may be used and always follow the washing with a thorough clear water rinse.

In the past couple of years, it has come to our attention that many states and local governments are using chemicals on the road that are cost effective for them to keep the highways free of snow and ice. These chemicals may cause reactions to both your exterior metal paint and undercoating’s used on your trailer. In some states the wiring has also been affected. Please call your local government and find out what they may be using and what they recommend to remove those chemicals before they cause damage to your trailer.

General Cautions/Warnings

Over cleaning or scrubbing of a coated metal surface can do more harm than good to the life of the metal and its finish. Solvent and abrasive type cleaners should be avoided.

Roof Maintenance

Check your roof before every trip for debris from trees or buildings. Check the roof sealant for any holes caused by the debris. It is recommended that you reseal your roof every two years as a standard maintenance procedure.

Axle and Tire Maintenance

Your trailer is no different than your car when it comes to proper maintenance of axles and tires. You need to have the axle greased and the brakes checked. See your owner’s manual for more information.

If your trailer has brakes, check the breakaway switch and its battery to make sure your vehicle has been charging the battery. If your trailer has sat for any length of time, that battery may need to be charged before your trip to ensure your safety.

Check for proper tire pressure before every trip. Also, check the lug nuts and make sure that they are also torqued at the proper torque rating for your trailer. See your owners manual for the correct torque rating for your wheels. Check to make sure the tire tread is wearing properly as well. Your trailer is equipped with trailer tires; most trailer tires are designed to be ran at no more than 60 mph, which is the maximum speed for towing a trailer. Faster speeds may cause the tires to overheat and cause a blowout which could result in serious injury or even death.