Bearings, Tires, and Lights
Check the wheel bearings every 1,000 miles or every 6 months whichever comes first. Ensure that there is plenty of grease in the hub. If required, repack the hub with clean grease and replace any damaged components. It is recommended that you check your bearings before and during any trips that exceed 1,000 miles. Check the pressure on all of your tires to verify that they are inflated to the proper PSI, as stated on the outer wall of your tires. Examine the electrical connector on your trailer, all prongs should be clean and secure. If there is any corrosion, you may use a wire brush, electrical contact cleaner and dielectric grease to maximize conductivity.
Coupler & Hitch
If you change vehicles, check your new vehicle owner’s manual to ensure it is capable of towing your trailer. Ensure you have the proper Class and Size Ball. Check that the vehicle’s hitch is set to the appropriate height. The tongue of the trailer should be parallel to the ground when the trailer is hitched to the vehicle. The coupler should be well lubricated for optimal performance.
Sides, Gates & Ramps
Check your trailer to ensure that all hardware is secure and free of corrosion. Replace any loose or damaged hardware. For utility trailers, ensure that your ring snap pins and safety straps are correctly installed and functioning properly. For landscape trailers, all hinges and locking bars/pins should also be checked and properly secured before towing. These simple pre trip ideas can save you alot of time and money and more importantly less headaches!