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How to Maintain Your Box or Van Trailer

Find out how to maintain and check the safety of your Box Trailer or Van Trailer.

When you’re looking at box trailers for sale, you might be forgiven for thinking that they don’t need the same TLC as other vehicles that you see on the road. However, despite their sturdy nature, van trailers need to be maintained and checked for safety just as much as the van that’s pulling them. Below, we offer a few tips on how to maintain your trailer to ensure that it has a long lifespan, giving you maximum utility and enjoyment.

Don’t overload

Van trailers for sale often boast about their superior load. However, overloading your trailer can lead to serious problems, shortening the life of the components of your trailer and even potentially making it unsafe to brake your vehicle. For this reason, you should always ensure that the trailer can carry the load you intend to put in it.

Check your lights

Having working lights on your box trailer is often a legal requirement and vital for safety, especially if you plan on travelling at night. You should check your trailer’s brake lights, tail lights and clearance lights before every trip to ensure that they are working as they should. If there is a problem with switching on the lights, this may be due to an electrical fault rather than an issue with the light itself. When this happens, it is wise to check the plugs and wiring on your trailer, to rule out faulty wiring as a cause.

Check your wheels

A damaged wheel or tyre can spell danger on the road, particularly if you’re travelling through bumpier or more rural areas. Likewise, a deflated tyre will work your vehicle harder and potentially use up more fuel. Before you embark on any journey with your van trailer, ensure that its wheel nuts and rims are bolted tightly and that your tyres are properly inflated, without damage.

Keep it lubricated

Keeping your trailer sufficiently lubricated is very important, particularly if you plan on maintaining your trailer box for sale in the future. This will better protect your trailer’s bearings when storing it for long periods of time and prevent the bearings from deteriorating due to friction. You should also keep an eye on other parts of your trailer such as the frame, hinges and coupling which may be vulnerable to rusting. The best way to solve all these issues is to use a penetrating oil like WD40 which will protect your trailer from moisture and reduce friction between its parts.

Get it checked

While many issues with your trailer can be self-evident, it can be helpful to get a more professional opinion. For this reason, it is wise to have your trailer inspected regularly by a qualified mechanic who is best placed to advise you on how to care for your trailer and notify you of any damage that you may not have noticed.

If you’re looking to buy a box or van trailer or find out how best to maintain your trailer, make sure to let us know today at Leyland Leisure.

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