Cargo trailers are good heavy equipment resources that can be used to carry a lot of load without any hassle. The kind of mileage they provide enables you to easily transfer heavy loads over long distances. But this frequent use of a cargo trailer to carry heavy load can wear it down over a period of time. For this very reason, getting proper maintenance done for your cargo trailer periodically is essential. But are you aware of how to maintain a cargo trailer? Well, here are some tips to help you out.
A cargo trailer is often used to transport heavy loads over a long distance. This long-distance traveling can leave your cargo trailer dirty from the dirt on the road accumulating on the trailer’s surface. The very first step to maintain your cargo trailer starts with keeping your trailer clean. Do not forget to give a thorough wash to your trailer. Pay extra attention to those tricky areas such as the mud flaps of the tire, the undercarriage and every other hard to reach spots. To remove the dirt easily, use a high-pressure water spray.
Check the Tires
Although you are filling up your trailer with the load, the actual weight is falling on your tires. For a cargo trailer, having sturdy tires is a must. It is necessary to ensure that they don’t give up during a transporting journey. Make sure to check the air pressure and ensure that there is sufficient air without any punctures. Do check for other damage such as dry rot, as it can damage your tire threads. If you see signs of damage, get your tires replaced.
The mechanical parts of your trailer maybe hooded but they are still in need of maintenance from time to time. The major issue noticed in the mechanical parts is the lack of lubrication which causes issues in the friction between these parts. Therefore, check these parts and apply grease or WD-40 to them for lubrication.
Finally, do a complete inspection of your truck and trailer by testing the horn, lights, engine speed and engine sound. Do not forget to check your brakes and accelerators. Also, check for signs of rust or corrosion on the main body of the trailer. It is good to have a checklist handy to strike out each part after inspecting it.
With the weather changing and summer approaching, it is necessary for you to inspect your cargo trailer and do its maintenance to reverse the after-effects of winter. Not just your cargo trailer but all of your heavy equipment need to be inspected and repaired to ensure you have a smooth journey. If you need assistance maintaining your equipment or you need to replace your old trailer, reach out to Heavy Duty Direct. and they will direct you to a trusted service department and a dealer that can assist you.