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Preparing Your Trailer For The Cold Winter

Winter can be hard on moving machinery and attachments like cars, trucks, and trailers. As these pieces of machinery are made from metal, they react to the outdoor temperature and can become damaged if they’re subjected to extreme cold or heat. That’s why it’s important to prepare your trailer for the cold winter and ensure it can withstand the low temperatures without sustaining too much damage. Here are some steps to follow in order to keep your trailer safe:

1. Store the trailer in the garage if possible

If you have room in your garage, store the trailer indoors instead of parking it outdoors. This ensures it isn’t exposed to excessive moisture and snow too often, and that will help reduce the chances of any damage. If you don’t have a garage or enough room in your garage, park the trailer outside and cover it with a plastic sheet to protect it from moisture and snow. This ensures you don’t need to clean off the snow from the trailer bed every time you need to use it.

2. Winterize tires

Winterizing tires is absolutely essential as it helps reduce the chances of skidding and accidents. Most trailer owners travel long distances over empty roads. There’s always a chance that some stretches of roads will have black ice. Roads have black ice when the temperature changes cause the snow to melt into water and water to freeze again to form a layer of ice. This ice is nearly impossible to see and can cause many fatal accidents. The cold temperature can also freeze the rubber on the tire surface, which can compromise the grip. Using special winter tires and adding tire chains can help improve the overall safety of the trailer.

3. Clean the trailer thoroughly

Lingering moisture, cold, debris, and snow can cause a lot of damage to the trailer and compromise its performance during the season. The best way to avoid these problems is to clean the trailer thoroughly, especially after long hauls. Cleaning ensures the dust, debris, and snow doesn’t have a chance to settle into the trailer components and build material to cause damage. This can reduce the repair expenses and extend the trailer’s lifespan, which will benefit your business in the long run.

4. Checking for rust

Trailers can get exposed to excessive moisture during the winter months, especially if it’s stored outdoors. The moisture can sink into the metal components in the trailer and cause rust. Rust damages the trailer and compromises the physical integrity of the metal, which can lead to serious problems and accidents. Check all of the metal components of the trailer to ensure there’s no rust. If you spot rust, sand and clean the area, apply a good-quality rust coat, and paint over it for additional protection. It’s important to carry out these repairs quickly to ensure the rust doesn’t have a chance to spread to other sections of the trailer.

If you allow the trust to linger for too long, the integrity of the metal components will become compromised beyond repair and you will be forced to replace them.

These steps will help keep the trailer in good condition throughout the winter season and ensure it performs well on long hauls as well as short hauls. You won’t have to deal with unexpected damage and repairs if you check the trailer after every haul for signs of excessive wear or problems.

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If you want to know more about preparing your trailer for winter, don’t hesitate to contact us at Brinkman Trailers or give us a call at 763-972-3932.