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Top 10 Trailer Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your trailer is essential to extend its lifespan and ensure it continues to perform safely and reliably. Neglecting maintenance could lead to costly repairs and safety hazards. Let’s explore the top 10 maintenance tips to help you keep your trailer in excellent condition for years to come.

1. Regularly Inspect the Frame and Undercarriage:

Before and after each use, inspect the trailer’s frame and undercarriage for signs of rust, corrosion, or damage. Rust can weaken the structure, so address any issues promptly by sanding and repainting affected areas. If your trailer needs more repairs than sanding and repainting can remedy, Felling Parts & Service department can assist in refurbishing your trailer, paint, wiring, decking and all to restore it too road worthy condition. Shop our

Trailer Maintenance: Tire Wear Chart

Tire Wear Chart

2. Check Tire Pressure:

Proper tire maintenance is crucial for safety and longevity. Regularly check and maintain the correct tire pressure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Inspect tires for signs of wear and replace them when necessary.

3. Rotate Tires:

To promote even tire wear, consider rotating the trailer tires as recommended by the manufacturer. This helps extend their lifespan and ensures safer towing.

4. Brake Maintenance:

Inspect the brakes, including the pads, drums, and hydraulic lines. Ensure the brakes are adjusted properly to provide efficient stopping power. Address any unusual noises or reduced braking efficiency immediately.

5. Lubricate Moving Parts:

Keep all moving parts well-lubricated, including hinges, couplers, and suspension components. Use the appropriate lubricants as recommended by the trailer manufacturer.

6. Electrical System Check:

Test all trailer lights, including brake lights, turn signals, and running lights, before each trip. Replace burnt-out bulbs or damaged wiring promptly to maintain visibility and comply with safety regulations.

7. Repack Wheel Bearings:

Regularly inspect and repack wheel bearings to prevent overheating and premature wear. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for bearing maintenance.

8. Hitch and Coupler Care:

Maintain the hitch and coupler mechanisms by keeping them well-greased and in good condition. Check for signs of wear or damage, such as cracks or bent components.

9. Safety Chains and Emergency Equipment:

Inspect safety chains for signs of wear and ensure they are properly attached. Keep essential emergency equipment on board, such as a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and reflective triangles, in case of roadside emergencies.

10. Keep It Clean:

Maintain a clean trailer, especially if you use it for hauling. Dirt and debris can lead to corrosion and damage. Clean the trailer after each use, paying attention to the undercarriage and hard-to-reach areas.

By following these maintenance tips, you’ll not only extend your trailer’s lifespan but also enhance its safety and reliability on the road. Regular maintenance not only saves you money in the long run but also ensures that your trailer is always ready for your next adventure or hauling task.

About Felling Trailers, Inc.

Felling Trailers is a family-owned and operated Full Line Trailer Manufacturer located in Central Minnesota. Started in 1974, Felling Trailers, Inc. has grown from a small shop to a factory and office complex that today covers over 441,000 square feet. Felling’s pride and differentiation is its customized trailer division. Its engineers utilize the latest Industry leading design techniques, and its experienced metal craftspeople use cutting-edge technology to turn its customers’ conceptual trailer needs into tangible products. Felling has been providing innovative trailer solutions to the transportation industry for nearly 50 years. Felling Trailers’ current capabilities allow them to provide a high-quality product that is distributed across North America and internationally. Felling Trailers, Inc. is an ISO 9001 Certified Quality Management System Company, WBENC-Certified WBE, and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, contact 1.800.245.2809[email protected], or visit us on the web at You can also follow us on Twitter (@FellingTrailers), Facebook (Felling Trailers, Inc.), and Pinterest.

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