Are you one of the many do-it-yourselfers out there that went the extra mile to purchase a used trailer and turn it into a camper? Or, do you have a large trailer that you want to make sure lasts for as many years as you can possibly get out of it? Either way, you want to take good care of your vehicle.
Winter may finally be wrapping up for most of us, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared when mother nature deluges us once again with frigid temperatures, sleet, snow, and wind. By following the suggestions below, you stand a better chance of protecting your valuable asset. Trailers are considerable investments, even when you buy top-of-the-line used trailers from Mickey. You want to protect your investment as much as possible.
Water Tanks on a Camper Trailers
Regular trailers used for hauling will likely not have a water tank to deal with. Owners of camper trailers, however, will want to take heed. During the winter months, it is not uncommon for water tanks to freeze and burst. That’s why water should never be left in a water tank when your camper trailer isn’t being used in the winter. In addition to the tank itself, the entire water system must be prepared for winter. Anti-freeze solutions in non-toxic form can be used. A water tank heater is advisable if your camper trailer will be used during the winter months.
Winterizing the Exterior
If your trailer or camper trailer is sizable, you don’t have a lot of choices when it comes to parking options. Whenever possible, do your best not to park under overhanging branches and limbs. During winter storms, these will fall on your trailer and can result in significant damage.
Protect your tires from concrete when the weather is below freezing by using pieces of wood upon which to park your trailer. When concrete gets that cold, it can wreak havoc on your tires. Also make sure that your UV covers are on your trailer tires and that they are properly inflated. If it’s feasible, and the upcoming winter threatens to be the worst of all time, you may consider covering your trailer as much as possible.
Winterizing the Interior
This is a good place to start the winterizing process for your camper trailer. Empty all cabinets and open them so that they air out. It’s okay to leave basic camping supplies and tableware behind. To discourage pests from making a home in your cabinets during winter, inspect for cracks and holes and repair where needed. Use silicone sealant or expandable foam to fill any cracks or gaps through which unwanted creatures may enter the trailer itself. Humidity and moisture can be avoided, and better ventilation experienced, by (as just suggested) leaving the cabinets open.
At Mickey, we have not only used trailers for the budget minded individual, but the parts and accessories you’ll need to make using your trailer an enjoyable experience. The Mickey guarantee goes with all of our used trailers and parts, as well as our promise of a helpful and experienced customer service department. Should you ever need your trailer serviced, we have Mickey owned and authorized service centers located throughout the United States. We stay at the top of our game and are leaders in our industry because we know how to take care of our customers. Contact us today to talk to a member of our stellar staff about the Mickey difference.