When I was looking for a trailer I found these guys and really liked their products. Site full of good information. Brad was great on working with me. I really wanted one BUT the cost would have doubled with shipping and customs taxes. I'm on their e-mail list and received this yesterday as we here talked about our trailers.
Is Your Horse Trailer Ready for Show Season?
As winter turns to spring, many begin looking ahead to show season.
There's lots of work involved getting you and your horse
show-ready; from scheduling spring vaccinations to assessing your
show clothes. But, as you make these preparations, don't forget one
important yet sometimes overlooked element of your horse show prep
routine - your horse trailer.
That's right; it's a good idea to annually inspect the condition of
your trailer, so why not start a habit of doing it before you hit
the road to show. A yearly maintenance check could save you a lot
of trouble and money in the long haul (no pun intended), and
increase the life of your trailer.
Ideally, you should schedule a service appointment with your
trailer dealer or a reputable body shop, if possible. They'll know
what to check and can give you a heads up on potential problems. If
you're mechanically inclined, you may be able to repair minor
problems. But regardless of who does the servicing; at the least,
be sure to address the following areas.
Horse Trailer Structure - inspect the inside and outside of the
trailer for rust or corrosion, paying particular attention to the
Undercarriage - check underneath the entire length of the trailer
for rust or corrosion. In aluminum trailers, inspect the welds and
joints for stress fractures as well as bolt holes and fasteners for
wear or loosening. While you're under there, inspect the axles too.
Floor - examine your wood floor for rot. Remove the mats and take a
good look, and don't forget to check underneath. Corrosion or
pitting (tiny holes appearing in the metal) can occur with aluminum
floors, so be on the lookout.
Tires - check the condition of all tires, including spares, with an
eye out for dry rot, especially if you stored your trailer for the
winter. Be sure to check the air pressure, too.
Lights - test the lights to see if any bulbs have burned out. Also,
check that turning lights and emergency flashers work.
Brakes - check the horse trailer brakes to be sure they're working
and properly adjusted. In addition, be sure to check that the
breakaway brakes' battery is fully charged.
For those with living quarters horse trailers, don't forget to
"unwinterize" the living quarters. Check the water pump, air
conditioner, and hot water heater to confirm that they're still in
good working order. Inspect the awnings for any tears or
Servicing your horse trailer every year makes good sense. You can
catch problems before they become an issue. No one wants to learn
that something's wrong with their trailer as their heading out to a
show. Give yourself peace of mind by readying your trailer before
show season begins.
Finally, make sure you wash and wax your trailer. The majority of
horse trailers sit outside unsheltered and a good coat of wax will
extend the exterior finish of your trailer for many years.
Double D Trailers, PO Box 5607, Kinston, NC 28503
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