Maybe you are one of the lucky ones that owns a party trailer and lives in a climate that is suitable for outdoor parties all year round. Maybe not. If you end up having to store your trailer during the off season – or if you’re going to take a much-deserved, extended vacation – you’re going to need to store your trailer. There are right and wrong things to do, however, when it comes to party trailer storage. Let’s take a look at the right way to go about it.
Where The Hitch Meats The Ball
An inspection of your coupler is a must. Without a quick look for wear and proper function, how will you know when it’s time to replace your coupler? Don’t wait until you see your trailer pass you going down the expressway! This is also a good time to make sure that all accessories are tight; i.e., light brackets, tag brackets, spare tire carrier, etc.
Before Putting That Trailer Down For Its Nap
Before retiring your trailer temporarily, complete some basic maintenance and inspections. So that your trailer will be ready and waiting when you return for the new season (or from vacation), inspect closely all reflectors, lights, tires, and the brakes. The bearings on the drums/hubs may need to re-packed, and this is a good time to do just that. And while you’re checking out the hubs, take the time to inspect the hydraulic or electric brakes for adjustment or wear.
Protect Against Mother Nature
Mother Nature can be an unreasonable beast. But a good quality cover or tarp will help protect your trailer against the elements. Be sure that you provide inside support for your tarp so that melting snow or rain does not puddle and to help guard against ripping and tearing. Additionally, protect your tarp from damage from the wind by using every one of the grommets to tie it down.
If possible, you may want to invest in a custom-made cover for your trailer to give it the best protection possible. These may cost more but could save your investment in the long run.
Save Yourself From Tire Replacement
More times than not, trailer tires have to be replaced less from wear and more from improper storage. Once tires start stress cracking or become subject to sidewall rot, it’s too late. When your trailer is going to be down for an extended period, care for your tires in one or more of these ways:
- Cover the tires, even if it’s inexpensively
- Get those tires off the ground with a safety jack
- After removing your tires completely from the trailer, store them in a dry, dark place
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