Top 5 Summer Weather Trailer Maintenance Checks
- Proper tire inflation
Summer weather can be hard on tires since tread wear is more rapid during summer months. You can maximize tire life by maintaining proper air pressure on trailer tires. The inside dual trailer tires, which are the least maintained tires on the vehicle, will need special attention. Make sure all tires are checked regularly with a properly calibrated air pressure gauge and that there are no cuts, punctures or broken/missing valve core stems.
- Inspect and reseal roof sheet
Trailer roofs are constantly exposed to weather extremes. Summer sunshine is hot and under the glare of the sun, sealants may show signs of degradation due to heat. Roof sheet sealant is a maintenance item that needs to be inspected and reapplied when needed to prevent water intrusion. Make sure all roof sheet sections are checked and maintained to avoid problems.
- Inspect undercoating on wood floors
Wooden trailer floors are subjected to all kinds of bad weather and undercoatings are exposed to road water and debris. Especially during the summer rainy season, water can penetrate through a wood floor causing damage. Reapplying undercoatings can restore protection.
- Inspect door seals & gaskets
Cargo protection is important and that means keeping summer rain out at all times. To help prevent rainwater from seeping through doors, inspect all seals for damage often and repair or replace seals and gaskets as needed.
- Check wheel ends for contamination
Heavy summer rains can damage wheel ends if it is allowed to seep in through the hubcaps. Ensure that all the hubcaps on trailer wheels are checked frequently during the summer months. Make sure they have proper lubrication and that there are no signs of water contamination.