A few days out from summer we thought it would be best to give our customers a good reminder about what to look for, and what to really check over to ensure your summer weekends are spent on the water with your mates, and not stuck on the side of the road.
We highly recommend before even pulling your trailer out of the garage that you do a walkaround. Have a look at the condition of the frame, the state of your tyres, and the look of your rollers/skids. In particular we recommend you thoroughly look over these three key parts of your trailer; Bearings, Tyres, and Lights.
Replace Your Bearings
As a general rule regardless of the age of your trailer, we highly recommend you change your bearings at least once, if not twice a year. The reason being is that when your trailer sits around all of winter, especially after a busy summer the bearings, especially if still wet on the inside may have corroded over the winter months. If this is the case and you decide not to change them, we can almost guarantee you will lose a bearing on a road trip, and be stuck changing your whole wheel hub on the side of the road.
Whether you get them looked at by a professional, or on your own, make sure you check them out before the season begins.
Check Your Tyres
Without those precious tyres of yours, you won’t be going anywhere. We want to be looking at the condition of your tyres, are they cracked at all inside the walls? Is there any sign of wear & tear? If the answer to these questions is yes, then it is likely that the rubber is beginning to break down, and it is time to look at replacing these. Before making up your mind, ask yourself this; are they safe? If the answer is no, then you know what to do.
Lights Lights Lights!
While LED lights are generally an excellent light for boat trailers (used on most trailers these days), you must always check yourself that you are happy with how they are working, and that they are safe on the road. When planning your trip be sure to grab your buddy, attach the trailer plug to your car, check that the brake lights, standard lights, and indicators are all working the way they should. The most common area that breaks down or gets neglected is where the trailer plug connects. Simply apply some ‘CRC’ to the terminals, plug into the back of your car and test them out that they are working before that first weekend fishing.
To avoid havoc and keep your trailer looking & functioning at it’s best, we highly recommend getting your trailer serviced a bare minimum of once a year regardless if you haven’t used it all year. If you use it more regularly, then make sure you are getting it serviced a minimum of 2-3 times a year.
If you have any questions or concerns about getting your trailer right for summer, or how often you should service your trailer, give us a call, send us a message, or pop by for a chat.
The team at Trailer Repair Centre
(03) 9587 3303
235 Governor Road, Braeside 3195 VIC