Trailer Maintenance and Tips

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Trailer Frame – must be washed thoroughly after each use using fresh water. Particular attention should be paid to the drain holes located underneath the trailer, ensuring fresh water is flushed into the drain holes to remove any saltwater deposits. Failure to do this may result in drain holes becoming blocked, leaving saltwater sitting inside the rails of your trailer, that will eventually cause rust to form.
Couplings – Need to be greased every 6 months or when there is no grease on the shaft. Check nuts are tight.
Jockey Wheel – Lubricate swing up handle, springs, locking pins and wheel to increase life and reduce rust forming. Ensure jockey wheel rolls freely.
Hand Winch – Do not overload your winch, ensure your winch is rated to suit your watercraft, and use only for winching watercraft on and off the trailer, not as a securing device when under tow. Oil / Grease the shaft, bushes and gears as needed. If strap is wet unwind and allow to dry, this will prevent drum from rusting.
Wheel Bearings – Should be checked and repacked with grease or replaced every 6 months depending on use. Bearing hex nut should not be overtight, wheel should have a very slight movement from side to side. Ensure marine seals and marine grade grease is used (we recommend filling hub completely) to reduce the risk of water entering hub and bearings.
Axles and Springs – It is recommended that you inspect the suspension components at least twice a year for loose nuts, u bolts, bolts and spring breakage. Spraying the axle hubs and springs with lanolin or a similar product, will increase life of these components.
Brakes (if applicable) – Need to be serviced every 6 months. Brake adjustment for mechanical over-ride system can be adjusted at the front pulley or adjustment bolt on the calipers. Important to ensure enough slack is left in the cable to allow for the flex in the trailer.
Wheels / Tyres – Regularly check air pressure and possible uneven tread wear. Tyre rotation should be carried out every 6 to 12 months (including spare wheel) depending on trailer use. Check to ensure wheel nuts are tight.
Trailer Lights – Check all lights are operational each time trailer is connected to tow vehicle. Every 6 months inspect wiring and lenses for any cracks. 
NB: Trailer Galvanized Surface – must be washed thoroughly and dried completely prior to storage. High temperatures combined with high humidity and low ventilation will accelerate the deterioration of the galvanized surface. It is normal as the surface ages that a white powder residue be evident on the components. This is normal excretion from the zinc, called calcium carbonate that forms a layer over the zinc to protect from the elements. While this can be removed, it is recommended to leave alone for maximum protection. By regularly maintaining the surface of your trailer the life of the zinc coating will last many years.
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