Safe Use And Maintenance Of Your New Horse Trailer

For us to safely use our new horse trailer, proper maintenance involving inspection the areas of a trailer for cleanliness or damage is required. By doing this, it will extend the trailer’s lifecycle by many years. When carrying out maintenance on our new horse trailer, we should also make sure to inspect and maintain all of the vital areas. Proper storage techniques, allows us to discover problem areas and act quickly when a part needs replacement.

To do this effectively, we should start by checking the wheels for signs of damage. Check the tires and look for punctures, bulges, cracks, or other signs of damage or wear. We should check tire tread as we inspect the rest of the tire and we should make sure that the air pressure is enough.

Also, it is necessary to check the suspension and wiring when under the trailer. We should look for any frayed, broken, or cracked components. While checking the suspension, we should remember to tuck all wiring out of the way. This can prevent it from becoming snagged when driving. Replace components as necessary.

Another thing is the storage. Storing the trailer properly, specifically during the winter, tremendously increases its operational life cycle. Make sure to store the horse trailer in an enclosed area, or even elevated on plywood, to limit the damage moisture can cause. Plywood keeps the undercarriage safe from rust triggered by ground moisture.

Before storing, take away items like horse tack, blankets and anything else not necessary to keep in the trailer. Then thoroughly clean the trailer using hot water. If using a cleaner, make sure it does not harm the trailer materials. Consider using a mild antibacterial detergent. Be sure to remove all hay, dirt, or crime before storing the trailer for the season.

To safe use our new horse trailer, we can set up periodic maintenance routines for every 3 months or at least two times in a year. We should make sure to frequently check the brakes, inspect the floor, and oil the hitch ball at each maintenance interval. Also, we should consider taking the trailer to an automotive technician for a yearly checkup. This could actually save money eventually if an automotive technician spots problems early, resulting in a modest repair. We should make sure to wash and wax the horse trailer at least two times in a year, and oil the door hinges at least once per year. Finally, replace the tires every four or five years.

Subsequently, switch off all electrical devices to save batteries and protect against fire dangers. Drain water tanks and any hoses. And then, close all doors, windows, curtains and vents to prevent insect damage and potential moisture build-up during the winter season. Finally, keep in mind to check on the stored trailer occasionally to make sure all is well.