You Should Know / Using Your Trailer / Trailer Storage
When your trailer will not be in use for several months, you can ensure that it will continue to provide good performance when you next use it by taking the following steps before storing:
- DO NOT PUT YOUR TRAILER AWAY WET. Always air dry your trailer by towing behind your tow vehicle for a few miles, even if it is wet from a fresh water rinse. This will minimize the amount of time water stands on vulnerable components like hardware and brakes.
- If at all possible, park your trailer rig in a protected area; a garage, carport, etc.
- If the trailer is parked outdoors, install a boat cover that is tight enough for adequate protection, but not air tight.
- Service or repack wheel bearings according to manufacturer's instructions in the Load Rite Owner’s Manual.
- Jack up the trailer and place blocks under the trailer frame to take most of the weight off the suspension and tires. Place blocks ahead of and behind the axle(s), and at the tongue junction.
- Be sure the boat is resting properly and securely on hull supports, then loosen tie-downs and winch line.
- If the boat has a drain plug, remove it and elevate the trailer tongue slightly (just an inch or two) to allow water to drain out and keep the boat dry. Tie the plug to something obvious, like the steering wheel, as a reminder to replace the drain plug before the boat is launched!
- Inspect the trailer for all serviceable items per the Load Rite Owner’s Manual. Check all fasteners for proper tension, inflate tires per maximum sidewall pressure, lubricate pivot points, service the bearings, and bleed the brakes.
Before you use the trailer again:
- Check tire pressure. Inflate to maximum pressure as indicated on the sidewall. Inspect for dry rot. Replace as necessary.
- Check brake fluid level.
- Lubricate the bearings.
- Retighten winch line and tie-downs.
- Remove blocks and return trailer to ground.
- Secure to tow vehicle and inspect lighting for proper function.