When we think about heavy duty equipment maintenance, trailers rarely come to mind. Trailers are built to last long and don’t need much maintenance unlike other equipment. However, fixing a busted trailer is always an expensive option. Preventative maintenance should be on the minds of all trailer owners. Here are a few tips that will keep your trailer running long after the warranty wears off.
Check Tire Inflation
Like any other vehicle, the right tire pressure can save trailer owner’s a ton of costs in mileage. Deflated tires put additional strain on the engine, taking a huge toll on fuel efficiency. Not just that, deflated tires also wear easily and may need replacing soon enough. Always, check if your tires are inflated properly before embarking on a journey.
Don’t Push The Weight
Trailers usually come with either spring or torsion axles. Spring or leaf axles are usually more common and are better for lifting heavier loads. Torsion axles offer improved handling and cornering on the road but are not suited for heavy loads. Don’t damage your truck’s suspension by abusing your axle capacity.
Let’s Talk About Brakes
Brakes are an important part of trailer maintenance. Accidents can occur on the road and malfunctioning brakes are often the cause. Keep an eye on the angle between the air chamber push rod and the slack adjuster. You’re looking for a right angle otherwise your brakes need re-adjustment.
Clean Your Trailer
During winters, trailers are often coated with chemicals to keep internal parts from freezing. Although, don’t forget to clean your trailer thoroughly in spring time, to wash off these chemicals. Not only are they harmful for the wiring but can also corrode metal parts.
Inspect For Wear And Tear
Simple inspections of the trailer on a regular basis will give you a good idea if preventative maintenance is required. Identifying a problem, early on, can help you save money on repair costs.
Don’t Forget to Grease
A well lubricated trailer is one that will last longer. Friction between moving parts is what aging for a trailer amounts to. You can slow this aging by paying attention to lubrication of trailer components.
Get Routine Checkups
It doesn’t have to be too often, it doesn’t have to be too thorough, but get your trailer checked periodically. Servicemen can give you a lot of useful tips and information, after taking one look at your trailer. This valuable advice could just save your trailer from an expensive repair.
The best trailers are the ones that have low costs on maintenance and run long after the warranty expires. Browse through our inventory at Heavy Duty Direct to find the best heavy duty trucks on the market. Our trailer options include both open and enclosed trailers.