Preparing well in advance for the winter season is prudent. Especially, the owner of a trailer, whether it is an open trailer or a closed cargo trailer, has to take some precautions and make preparations before storing it safely from extreme weather conditions. Here we are protecting it from deteriorating while it sits idle and has a very high resale value too. Winterizing a recreational trailer is more complicated as the complete water system has to be pumped out and dried. Winterizing an open boat trailer or a cargo trailer is very simple and effective. A well stored trailer can be delight to use once the winter months passes away and there is a whole lot of trailing to do!
Keep them Sparkling!
Your trailer needs a good scrubbing with a quality car wash or any liquid soap to remove all the grime and dirt collected over the months in use. Do not forget to wash the undercarriage of the trailer. This exercise prevents molding of clogged dust particles through the winter months. Once the interior and the exterior of the trailer is washed and cleaned, let it dry completely before stowing it away in your garage or other enclosures meant to keep it protected from the cold weather.
Make your Trailer Tires Winter-ready
·The best way to preserve the tires in winter is to remove them from the trailer and stack them neatly in a dry place indoors. The tires can be stacked with plywood sheets in between or covered in separate, opaque, polythene.
·Alternatively, the trailer is jacked up on a jack stand to relieve the weight of the trailer on the tires as a long duration of stress may damage them. One has to be careful about placing the jack stands on the trailer frame to ease the weight off the tires. Never place the stand on the equalizers or parts under the axle tube or suspension.
·Storing the trailer with the tires on, requires you to keep the trailer stabilized on blocks and reduce the air in the tires as per the cold weather PSI recommendation. The golden rule is that every time there is 10 degrees drop in temperature there will be a 2% loss in air pressure.
·Avoid placing the trailer tires outdoors as the changing weather and temperatures will damage them permanently. Make sure they are preserved well to get them revved up for the spring.
Preserve the Emergency Breakaway Battery
Some of the utility trailers have an emergency breakaway battery that is removed while winterizing the trailer and kept in a dry, safe place. It is a device to bring the trailer to a stop when there is an incident of break off from the tow of a moving vehicle. For optimum performance the battery is charged every 90 days. A majority of utility trailers are fitted with surge brakes for an efficient performance.
Remove Brake Drums
The next step requires you to remove the brake drums and apply a generous amount of lubricant on all the moving parts of the brakes. Good corrosion block grease is suggested for lubricating the wheel bearings while in storage. In case the wheel bearings are worn out, replace them immediately before storing.
The trailer is scrutinized for any missing sealant. Seams are sealed with a quality weather-proof sealant. Complete inspection reveals rusted surfaces. Sandpaper the corroded surfaces with steel wool or sandpaper. Spray lubricants on locks, hitch plugs, hinges, suspension parts and springs with a corrosion block agent for a smooth functioning of all the moving parts after storage. This ensures optimum performance and endurance of the trailer.
Plan your Storage
The most reliable and common storage space is your own garage or barn. Sometimes, lack of space may give the owner the option of renting a space for the winter in public storage units that are equally safe. Every state has its local codes and regulations for garage owners to make sure the size and time allowed for storage is as per the standard rules.
A snowmobile trailer, on the other hand, is raring to go in the winter days. With the winter approaching and experiencing the first snowflakes covering the ground, the snowmobile trailer is all set for the winter sports and adventure!
Why winterization is so important? Why not postpone the process for the summer? The trailer when left idle for months tend to get rusted and mold formation in winter is inevitable. While a trailer is stored after a winterizing regime, it is as good as new when taken out for the next season. You would love to use it on the same day without the fuss of checking every inch of the trailer. For now, the satisfaction of having a clean, rust-proof, lubricated trailer stashed away in a dry and safe place gives the ultimate satisfaction to the owner! Happy trailer-journey!