Tips to prepare your trailer to hit the road

With the fall season right around the corner, it is important to make sure your equipment is in top condition. As you get your fleet ready, don’t forget about your trailer! After sitting around for the summer, it will need a little TLC before hitting the road again. Here are some key things to check:

BRAKES

Unless you’re experienced, have a professional check brakes and brake pads for wear, replace if necessary.

LIGHTS

Test brake lights and turn signals. Replace bulbs and LED lights if needed.

WHEEL BEARINGS

The wheel bearings should also be inspected. It’s a good idea to have them cleaned and re-packed annually.

RUBBER STRIPS

Check the rubber strips on cross bars for wear, and that they are screwed in and secure.

TIRES (DON’T FORGET THE SPARES!)

First, check that all tires are properly inflated. Second, take the “penny test” to determine tread wear and if tires need to be replaced. Check sidewalls for damage and overall condition of rubber.

LICENSE AND REGISTRATION

Make sure all necessary licenses and registrations are up to date.

PREPARE AN EMERGENCY TOOL KIT

Lastly, prepare a readily accessible emergency tool kit. This should include a trailer jack, lug wrench, flashlight, fire extinguisher, road reflectors, flares, and jumper cables.

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