Overbilt Trailers’ Summer Maintenance Checklist
When was the last time you performed a thorough maintenance check on your custom trailer? If you can’t remember – it’s definitely been too long! By maintaining your trailer, you’ll not only prolong its life, but you’ll also improve its resale value. Performing routine maintenance on your trailer will ensure the safest and most efficient trips on the open road. Here is a maintenance checklist to keeping your trailer hauling smoothly throughout the summer – and beyond!
Maintaining the tires on your trailer is vital to a safe drive on any highway. To help prevent blowouts, unwanted friction, and degradation of the tires—any of which could delay your job—keep your tires properly inflated at all times. Underinflated tires will flatten under a heavy trailer, causing the trailer to sway. And while most states require a tire’s tread to be 2/32 of an inch, underinflated tires wear down tread more rapidly. Check your tires before each trip to be sure they’re ready to hit the road.
The brakes are a critical component of all custom trailers. Malfunctioning brakes increase the chance of being in an unsafe situation. Brakes should be inspected and adjusted every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. Before performing a full brake inspection, position the trailer on a level surface and, using sufficient support, raise the wheels off the ground.
Every 6,000 miles, all mechanisms involved with the suspension (hangers, bolts, and springs) should be examined for any indication of wear. To avoid major complications, fix or replace worn mechanisms immediately. Air suspension has a strict ride height position. A ride height that’s too high can cause the trailer to be unnavigable under overpasses. On the other hand, a ride height that’s too low will damage the other suspension mechanisms.
And let there be light! A lighting test can protect you from becoming a road hazard on a lengthy trip across the country. Corrosion is very harmful to electrical connections and can cause your front or rear lights to go out. Inspect your lamps, wires, and harness systems regularly other vehicles can see you on the highway.
Keeping your nuts and bolts greased are essential for efficient trailer operation. Your local mechanic can verify which grease meets the requirements of your custom trailer. The thickening method, grade, and performance rating are all vital features to consider when selecting the perfect lubricant.
Take a short test run with your custom trailer before beginning your next long haul and make notes of everything that needs repair. This will help ensure that your trailer is ready for the road when you are.
The next time you hit the open road, keep this checklist in mind. If you find you need a new part, we’re always here to help make sure that your trailer gets back on the road safely. Do you have any other pre-haul go-tos? Let us know, we’d love to hear more!
For more information about any of our Overbilt Trailers, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (888) 986-7699.