Tips From The Service Department: Your Pre-Summer Checklist

 

With all of the rain (and even snow!) lately, it feels as though summer may never arrive- but, hopefully better weather is just around the corner.  Today we have a checklist from Ronnie and the service department that will help you get your trailer into tip-top shape for the summer season!

It’s time to get your trailer ready for summer!  Here’s some things to check!

-Tire pressure, or driving on tires that are not properly inflated,is one of the most common causes of blowouts.  Always check to make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended amount.

-Check for cracking in the sidewall and in between threads.

-Check with your tire dealer or with us for the date code on your tires.  Most people don’t know that tires have a date code on them, and that most tires have a life expectancy of about 5 years or less.

-Next, check the caulking around the roof and sides of your trailers.  Look for cracks where the water could get under the rubber roofing and behind the siding.

-Put water in your trailer and pressurize the system.  After running all the air out of the system, listen for the water pump to cycle with the water valves closed.  If your water pump cycles (turns on and off, on and off without a valve being turned on) there’s a good chance you have a water leak.

-Now, think about when the last time was that the bearings on your axles were packed.  If it hasn’t been done in several years, it’s probably not a bad idea to have your bearings re-packed and check your brakes at the same time.

-Check the water on your batteries.  Make sure it’s full and that your batteries are charged.  It takes special equipment to check the condition of a battery, so if you are curious about that you’ll need to have someone test it with a battery load tester and also a hydrometer to test the specific gravity.  We consider batteries bad (or marginal at best) if they fail either test.  If you need batteries, consider switching to 6 volt batteries.  Two 6 volt batteries are like having four 12 volt batteries.  If you have any questions regarding batteries for your trailer, we would be happy to assist you.

-Last of all, light your appliances and make sure they are all working at least TWO WEEKS before a planned trip.  This allows time for necessary repairs to be scheduled and completed before you leave.  At this busy time of year, repair facilities are often booked out two weeks or more so it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

-Also, don’t forget about your licensing!  (Unless you want a visit from Officer Friendly :)!

Here’s wishing for warm weather around the corner and a wonderful season of camping and happy memories ahead!  Don’t cut any corners as you get your trailer ready for the road.  We wish you only the best as you head out on your adventures!

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