Your Guide to Basic Trailer Maintenance and Upkeep

    Trailers are extremely durable machines, and are well-known for lasting over 40 years! However, if you’d like your model to have a long service life, you’ll need to keep up with its general care and upkeep. For tips on how to correctly maintain your trailer, feel free to read through our article below. 

    Owner’s Manual 

    Your trailer’s manual is an extremely valuable source of information. Before completing any maintenance on your trailer, we strongly suggest you skim through your manual to learn more about your equipment’s unique care. You’ll also want to pay close attention to what your manual says about your trailer’s weight limitations and towing capabilities. If you load your equipment beyond the listed guidelines, you’re very likely to damage it— resulting in some extremely high repair bills. 

    Check Brakes

    For the safety of everyone on the road, it’s important that you regularly service and care for your trailer’s brakes. This includes topping off and replacing your brake fluid, checking brake pads and rotors, and replacing hoses and tubes when they begin to leak. Once your brakes have been serviced, be sure to double-check your tail lights are functioning properly. 

    Remove Rust 

    While it’s not uncommon for rust to appear on a trailer’s various metal surfaces, you want to avoid it as much as possible. If you notice rust has appeared on your trailer, you’ll need to act quickly. Purchase a rust remover spray from your local automotive or hardware store and follow the instructions on the bottle carefully. Usually, you’ll be instructed to spray the remover onto the affected area and allow it to sit for a short period of time before wiping it away with a cloth. However, different removers may have different requirements to ensure their formula works correctly. 

    If your trailer is in need of a professional repair or service, you’ll want to visit our on-site service center here in Sapulpa, Oklahoma! We proudly serve both the cities of Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and offer a number of trailer parts, accessories and services here at Canady Trailers.