Owners and drivers of commercial utility trailers have a great responsibility on the road. They are often towing cargo that is heavy, unwieldy and could cause considerable damage to other vehicles and injury to other drivers in a crash. When on the road, drivers of commercial vehicles have to be exceptionally vigilant to ensure that they are operating their vehicle safely.
This vigilance extends to maintenance off the road. Commercial utility trailers must be maintained to ensure safety. Camco Wheel & Axle has all of the equipment necessary to keep your utility trailer working safely and like new. Since 1983, we have been the go-to utility trailer supplier in the Rio Grande Valley, offering comprehensive service and parts for utility trailers of all kinds.
If you’re in need of utility trailer maintenance and accessories make sure to contact us today at (956) 781-4800. Also, keep in mind the following maintenance tips to extend the lifespan of your utility trailer.
Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Utility Trailer Running Right
1. Before taking a commercial utility trailer on the road, there are a few things that every driver should check for every single time they go out:
- Checking tire pressure and tread wear is a simple but essential step to make sure that the trailer is safe to drive.
- Lights and brakes should be inspected to ensure that they work and are up to standard.
- The breakaway switch should be tested by pulling the pin to test for proper function.
- The level of the breakaway battery should be checked too, in order guarantee that the entire breakaway system works as intended.
2. Certain aspects of utility trailer upkeep need to be checked on less frequently. For instance, all of the lug nuts on the trailer should be checked for tightness every three months or 3,000 miles, to ensure that nothing comes loose on the road.
Brakes should also be tested for the proper drag every six months or 6,000 miles – whichever comes first – so that there aren’t any unwelcome surprises for trailer drivers during sudden stops.
3. A few components of utility trailers are less prone to damage and wear. While these items don’t need to be checked on daily, they should be inspected at least once a year or every 12,000 miles. These items include:
- Checking for cracks on wheels.
- Looking for damage or wear on wheel bearings.
- Checking for scoring or wear on the hub or drum assemblies
- Inspecting for leaks on seals and leaks or damage to the brakes and brake magnets.
- Checking for broken or flattened springs and worn suspension.
These components of your utility trailer should be checked once a year or every 12,000 miles.
4. A utility trailer has dozens of points of failure, and to remain safe, responsible drivers must stay up to date on each of them to make sure that they and everyone else on the road are safe. A responsible utility trailer owner should keep a supply of spare parts for those that are more prone to failure.
For daily checks, trailer owners should keep a trailer light kit and breakaway install kit handy to determine if those systems are working correctly. These should be kept in the vehicle used to tow the trailer so that the driver can check the systems of the trailer every time they use it. It’s still important to keep other supplies on hand, although it isn’t necessary to carry them everywhere. These supplies, such as trailer magnets or lug nuts, are easy to replace with practice.
Camco Wheel & Axle has experienced mechanics, well trained in all aspects of utility trailer repair and maintenance.
There is a reason why CAMCO has been the trusted supplier of utility trailer accessories and maintenance in the McAllen metro area and the greater Rio Grande Valley for over three decades.
We stock a wide variety of commercial trailer parts, and our experienced technicians have the knowledge, experience, and certifications necessary to ensure that all of the components on your trailer are in working order.
Contact us at (956) 781-4800 today.