Preparing Your Gooseneck Trailer for Winter
Clean Out Your Trailer
Cleaning out your trailer means stripping out all of the bedding from the stalls. In addition, it means pulling up the mats and washing the floor. Also, if you are a horse owner, you’ll most likely want to remove any hay and feed and clean out cracks and crevices (using an air compression) where grain and hay may have fallen as well.
Remove Food items and other perishables (like fly sprays and grooming products) from your living quarters and tack room. If you have any tack and show clothing, remove them as well and store them indoors for the winter.
Stop Any Leaks
Leaks can affect the life a trailer. This is especially true for steel trailers as water and metal and result in rust.
Also, aluminum trailers will corrode where water leaks in and pools for long periods of time.
Remove any rust. You can do this by sanding the area or wirebrushing. Then, clean and paint it with a rust-inhibitor paint.
If you have a steel trailer, pay close attention to the frame, including where the sidewall meets the floor. Aluminum trailers contain steel parts, including the axles and the framework on the tongue (on a bumper pull), and the undercarriage on a Gooseneck trailer.
Tires can go bad just from sitting and being exposed to the sun. If nothing else, consider at least putting a coat of rubber protectant on your tires.
We recommend moving your trailer at least once a month, or putting it up on blocks. This helps prevent tires from flattening on the ground side.
Properly Store Your Trailer
The best place to store your Gooseneck trailer isn’t always in your barn, unless you are storing your trailer in a structure without animals and that has a cement floor. This is because it will rust and corrode faster than if you leave it outside. Trailers can be stored effectively outside with the use of a trailer cover or tarp.
It also helps if you have a place that provides some protection such as alongside a building. In addition, make sure you are not parking your trailer under trees, as ice storms and other winter weather can cause limbs to break off and damage your trailer. Winterize living quarters as well if you are not using your trailer over the winter.
These are just a few tips for preparing your Gooseneck trailer for winter. Contact Gooseneck Trailers with the link below for more information!