Equipment trailers are responsible for hauling heavy machinery and materials, so regular maintenance is crucial. Taking great care of your equipment trailers will ensure that they remain reliable and safe for as long as possible.
To help you remember all the essential maintenance tasks, use this handy checklist to keep your investment in great working order:
• Conduct a visual inspection. Start by visually inspecting the entire trailer, looking for signs of wear, damage, or corrosion on the frame, axles, and other structural components. Check for loose or missing bolts and fasteners as well.
• Check the wheels and tires. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and inspect them for any signs of damage. Ensure that the lug nuts are tightened to the manufacturer’s specifications and that all wheel bearings are lubricated.
• Test electrical components. Test all trailer lights, including brake lights, turn signals, and running lights. Replace any burnt-out bulbs or damaged wiring and ensure that the electrical connections are secure and free from corrosion.
• Align and lubricate the coupler. Examine the coupler and hitch to make sure they’re properly aligned. Lubricate the coupler if needed and check the safety chains.
• Inspect the suspension and axles. Check the suspension components, including leaf springs and shock absorbers, for signs of wear or damage. Look at the axles for any signs of bending or misalignment.
• Check safety equipment. Check that all your safety equipment, such as reflectors, flags, and warning signs, are properly placed. Make sure to promptly replace any damaged or missing safety equipment.
Equipment trailers need regular maintenance to ensure that they remain in optimal condition. If you’d like to schedule a professional inspection of your trailer, contact us today.