As days get warmer, more people are gearing up for a summer holiday travelling around the country. One of the most popular and economical ways to take the entire family on an exciting road trip is via a caravan or trailer. If you have one stowed away in the garage, it is time to get it ready and ensure that the vehicle is safe for the long haul.
Cleaning a trailer and reconnecting the water system
Before putting a caravan in storage, the first things you need to do is drain it, leave all taps open, and disconnect all pipes. This step will ensure that no water is trapped within the system which will get frozen during winter. When reconnecting the water system in your trailer, follow the steps below:
- Test the system for leaks by reconnecting all pipes and running the water through.
- After checking that there are no leaks, the next step is to disinfect the water system.
- Lastly, make sure that you also replace old water filters.
If the water system has any leaks, replace leaky pipes before testing the system again.
Check the trailer hitch and brakes
If you have adequately planned trailer storage, then you must not have forgotten to leave the brakes off and put a cover on the hitch so that it does not freeze during winter. If these parts are working well after checking, all you need to do is to oil the hitch, and you are good to go. If the jockey wheel is already worn out, you may need are placement trailer jockey wheel before going on a trip.
Checking tyres and wheels
Removing wheels and tyres while a trailer is in storage during winter is an additional safety measure. Before putting them back on the caravan, make sure to check the following:
- Tread depth. At least 75% of the entire tyre has to have a thickness of at least 1.6 mm.
- Check the tyre for cracks and signs of damage.
- Inflate the tyres if the pressure is low.
If you want to be extra careful, you can always take the trailer to a garage for an overall check-up.
Check the road lights
You will need to check all plugs, wires, and bulbs and look for any signs of corrosion or damage. Make sure that all lights are working and replace any broken lenses.
Check the caravan gas system
The gas system of your caravan needs to undergo regular maintenance by a qualified engineer. Before taking the trailer for maintenance, do a quick rundown of the gas connections and take note of potential concerns such as splits and cracks in the rubber hoses.
If you prefer a more comprehensive check done by a professional, take your caravan to a speciality garage for a complete test and inspection. Making sure that every part of the trailer is in tip-top shape will also guarantee that you will not encounter any problems during your trip.