How to Help Your Tow Trailer Last Longer

1 August 2016
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If you have a trailer you use for towing, such as for a boat or motorcycles, you need to make sure it is in good condition. This keeps you from having to make major repairs, or dealing with an emergency while on the road. Here are some maintenance tips that will help the trailer to last longer.

Check the Tires

One of the more important things to check when inspecting your trailer is the tyres. Make sure they are in good condition, or a flat could cause you to instigate a major accident on the road. If you are on a busy freeway when it happens, it might also mean putting others at risk. To avoid this, do a thorough inspection of the tyres each time you intend to take the trailer out. Just like with vehicle tyres, take a look at the tread to make sure it is deep enough. Look for any signs of holes or tears in the tyres. Also check the air of the tyres and fill them up as needed.

Inspect the Bearings

Your bearings could also put you at risk of an accident, so be sure to check those next. To start with, look for signs of wear, rust, or corrosion of the bearings. If you notice any of these things, it is time to have them replaced. If you're not sure how to check the condition, a routine inspection by a repair professional specialising in trailers is your best bet. In addition to looking for signs of wear, also make sure the bearings are tight and that they are cleaned and greased. This definitely goes far in helping your trailer to last longer.

Test the Brakes

You also need the brakes of the trailer to be in good condition before you head out. Check the brake function, ensuring that they are working properly. You should be able to do this by first hooking up the trailer to your vehicle, then starting and stopping at a slow speed. You don't want to risk your home when testing it out, but definitely make sure those breaks are working properly. If you see brake fluid leaking or it seems to have any issues, it is good to visit a mechanic specialising in brakes.

With these basic inspection tasks, you can see if your trailer is in good condition, but also look for signs of trouble. In general, the sooner you fix problems, the less effect the issues have on your tow trailer.