The Top 7 Tips For Trailer Maintenance & Trailer Repair

With summertime fast approaching you need your trailer to be roadworthy and ready to assist you in taking your gear where you need to go without needing costly trailer repair

Whether you own a utility trailer, boat trailer, car trailer, cargo trailer or enclosed trailer you need to ensure your sled is in god working condition before setting out on the road.  Trailers typically sit for long stretches of time waiting for use in the off-season and are often exposed to the elements.  If you trailer is not in good shape then some trailer repair may be in order.  The following is a list of the 7 top tips for making sure your trailer is ready to go:

Tip 1: Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is key to ensuring your load is well supported and that the trailer doesn’t bounce too much when driving over rough surfaces.  As the load in the trailer increases, so should the tire pressure to compensate.  Through storage, tires can lose air pressure, which you will need to raise before you tow.  This goes for the trailer and the tow vehicle as well.


Tip 2: Trailer Lighting

As we all know, trailer lights can be a tricky business.  However, working trailer lights are essential to using your trailer on the road.  You can incur major fines and you are a serious road hazard if you’re running dark.  Check the trailer lights before every trip, not just at the beginning of the season.  Be sure to keep the wiring and bulbs in good condition to ensure you get as much longevity out of the lights as you can.  If you are submersing the trailer in water, unplug the lights before had because corrosion happens much faster if an electrical current is present.


Tip 3: Tightening Wheel Nuts

Check and re-check your wheel nut tension to catch any loosening bolts or studs.  This is typically true of new trailers, where the nuts need tightening after the first 300-1000 miles.  Having a trailer tire come off while driving could be disastrous, so take the time to check the tension.


Tip 4: Lubricate Wheel Bearings

Wheel bearings on trailer have come along way but are still a weak point in the design.  Before every season and periodically throughout check to ensure your bearings are properly lubricated.  Many newer wheel bearings feature a see through plastic dome that allows you to assess lubrication or see if there is contamination present.  If your trailer bearings make a whirring sound that changes with speed, then it may be time to have your wheel bearings replaced.


Tip 5:  Payload Distribution

Make sure anything you are towing on your trailer is secured and evenly distributed.  Too much weigh tin the back of the trailer puts pressure on the hitch where it attaches to the ball while weight in the front puts pressure on the tongue of the hitch.  Any sided to side unevenness can cause the trailer to handle oddly and possibly become upset in rough terrain.  Alleviate the issue of fish tailing by properly loading your trailer.

Tip 6:  Check Your Safety Chains

Safety chains that firmly lock your trailer to the tow vehicle in case of hitch failure need to be periodically checked for proper clamps and to make sure the metal hasn’t worn through use.


Tip 7:  Tie Downs & Straps

Check your tie downs, straps and other fasteners around the trailer to ensure nothing will come loose as you are driving down the road.


If you find that your trailer looks like it could use some maintenance or repairs, or if you’re unsure and would like an expert to take a look visit for expert advice. Discount Trailer & Parts is the leading trailer repair and service shop in Tulsa.