Purchasing a utility trailer is an investment well spent when upgrading your business or personal lifestyle. When properly kept, a utility trailer can last for many years, providing a lot of usage for your buck.
However, foregoing regular maintenance can leave you buying a new utility trailer in the near future. With over 30 years of experience providing quality utility trailers parts and utility trailer services to the Rio Grande Valley, we here at Camco Wheel & Axle have identified and documented six habits that can damage your trailer, and we would love to share those with you in an effort to keep you – and your wallet – safe.
1. Driving Recklessly
It’s never a good idea to drive over the speed limit with your utility trailer. Driving recklessly, and cutting off other drivers as you haul a heavy utility trailer with a lot of cargo, is just asking for trouble.
Most importantly, it heightens the risk of a crash, putting everyone in harm’s way. Traveling at high speeds with heavy cargo can also break the suspension on your trailer or cause a tire blowout.Fast and furious driving isn’t a #utilitytrailer best friend. #CamcoWheel&Axle Click To Tweet
2. Loading Your Cargo Unevenly
Leaving the bulk of your cargo on the back of your utility trailer can damage the axle and cause disrepair.
When it comes to loading cargo on your utility trailer, load about 60% of the weight of your cargo slightly in front of your axle to provide more usage from your utility trailer down the road, both literally and figuratively.
3. Overloading Your Utility Trailer
Overloading your utility trailer with cargo is the easiest way to ruin it. That is why it is important to know how much weight your utility trailer can handle.
All utility trailers have a weight recommendation that shouldn’t be surpassed. At the same time, your towing vehicle has its weight limits too.
If your vehicle can’t handle the load, it can cause expensive damage. Or even if your vehicle can handle the load, but your utility trailer can’t, this can lead to a catastrophic tire blowout, brake and transmission failure, or busted suspension that can cost you or anyone else on the road a lot more than what money can buy.
4. Failure to Repack Your Bearings
Failure to repack your bearings can lead to a dangerous failure while on the road. Take a day out of your schedule to repack your bearings and to make sure they are well lubricated. It’s a cheap and effective way to keep your utility trailer in good repair.
Camco Tip: Repack your bearings once a year or every 20,000 miles. If by chance your bearings have rusted, we have plenty in stock just for you.Be sure to repack your bearings once a year or every 20,000 miles. #CamcoWheel&Axle Click To Tweet
5. Failure to Check Your Tire Pressure
Another sure-fire way to get stranded on the road is to disregard the tire pressure on your utility trailer. It is even more dangerous when you consider that an under-inflated tire is more susceptible to a blowout.
The same goes for overinflated tires. Overinflated tires can cause uneven wear on the tread, and if it gets hot enough, a blowout is pretty much guaranteed.
If you suspect that your tire has low pressure while you are on the road, drive slowly and get it changed out as soon as possible with another trailer tire. Rule of thumb for trailer tires: rotate them halfway through their life.
6. Don’t Ignore Those Rust Spots
Rust on a trailer is like mold on bread. The more you neglect it, the more it will spread all across your utility trailer.
If you are washing it off, only use fresh water, not salt water, and properly dry your utility trailer afterward. If you live in an area that snows, salt is likely used to de-ice the road and that salt can cause corrosion on your trailer. Suffice to say, keep an eye out for any rust.
Want to keep your utility trailer working like new? Come visit Camco Wheel & Axle in the Rio Grande Valley.
With over 30 years of experience, our team of experts can answer any questions you may have on the general state of your utility trailer. Although we understand many of our customers know a thing or three about their utility trailers, our expert team can spot any potential problems that may otherwise go unnoticed and can service your commercial vehicle and utility trailer to get it up to par.