Winter Care for Your Trailer

When the summer is coming to an end it is time to prepare your box trailer for the winter until the spring arrives. Improper storage over the winter can turn a perfectly fine trailer into a mouldy trailer so there are many things you need to do, just to ensure everything will work properly for the next season activates.

Certainly, cleaning your box trailer is the first thing to do for winter hibernation. Your trailer receives a lot of exploitation throughout the year, so it is necessary to give it a really thorough cleaning between uses. Check any signs of road debris and green or black mould because leaving it untreated over the winter may result in permanent damage and more serious problems that you will definitely want to avoid.

Ideally, it is always good practise to use a fabric cover to prevent any possible damage from icing and external factors during such long period of time. When it is time for long term storage, a breathable cover can ensure the best possible ventilation and it is a far way more affordable than trailer bodywork. Make sure to completely empty and clean the inside, leaving the door open so the air can circulate in and out. By completely I mean, to clean the entire surface and to sweep out the mess, wash down the floor and put it all back together again once it is dry. After the cleaning inside is done, you may want to prepare the exterior before the following winter. A deeply cleaning is also fundamental and gives you the opportunity to inspect and fix any kind of damage when the workshops are less busy. Be cautious not to use chemicals that are unkind to the trailer construction because they can cause permanent stretches, especially when it comes to cleaning the roof of the enclosed trailer.

If you are not a fan of a cold-weather transporting, it is time to find a place to store your trailer on a site, outside of your home on a special place. Although, trailers are designed for outdoors it is not recommendable for it to be seated around for a very long period of time and to be exposed directly to rain and snow over the winter months. Finding a good storage place is easy- you only need to contact a local agency or some association and pay a security provision for the service. If stored at a property with other trailers, this means, someone will be able to keep an eye on the trailer at most times and this will act as a strong deterrent to would be thieves.

Being stored the entire winter at the same place puts a lot of pressure on the trailer’s tyres. Consider turning the wheels periodically every second month to eliminate the pressure on the same side and to prevent flat spotting.

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