You have to be diligent and committed to taking care of your trailer, not just when you are towing it but also when it is not in use. While you should clean and maintain the trailer to retain its aesthetics, you should also attend to the various trailer parts so they remain reliably functional. All trailer parts have a lifespan. Whether we talk about the wheels or tyres, the brakes or brake pads, the couplings or light boards, everything will work well til a point in time. You will have to replace them thereafter. Having trailer spares at hand are always recommended. How long these trailer parts will last would depend on the manufacturer or brand you choose, the specifications or features, the quality of course and how well you use them. Perfect installation and timely maintenance are obviously important.
Anyone would want to prolong the longevity of trailer parts. No one wants to deal with a broken or unhitched trailer on the middle of the road. No one wants a trailer to suffer serious wear and tear even when it is not in use. Here are some simple proactive measures that can prolong the longevity and even efficiency of trailer parts.
• You should try to park or store your trailer undercover somewhere. This could be a garage with a shed. You may make space in your enclosed garage so the trailer can be safely harboured. You may use a heavy duty cover, say a polyvinyl chloride one, to protect the trailer from the natural elements. Various trailer parts will suffer wear and tear when exposed to the sun, rain, wind and snow. Trailer parts can rust, they will be vulnerable to buildup of dust, dirt and grime, they may get damaged upon impact and even long periods of inactivity will have an adverse effect. The bottom line is that you should not park your trailer in the open, definitely not uncovered.
• You should always drive safely when you are towing a trailer, whether or not there is any load aboard it. If you have some cargo, precious or not, you should be more careful. You should always try to ascertain a hazard well in advance. Do not be too skeptic on the road but do anticipate at the right time. Always be meticulous and in control when you accelerate or brake. Abrupt acceleration and braking will damage many trailer parts. They would go kaput sooner than you can imagine. You should be more cautious when you are driving downhill, around a corner or a tricky bend. Some trailer parts would get jackknifed at abrupt bends or corners, when you accelerate suddenly or brake sharply.