Preparing Your Gooseneck Trailer for Winter

Steel or Aluminum Stock Trailers

Doing some fall maintenance on your Gooseneck trailer can be one of the most cost-effective things a trailer owner can do. Many individuals believe that with aluminum trailers that there is no maintenance required, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here a few maintenance tips for preparing your Gooseneck Trailer for winter.

Clean Out Your Trailer

Cleaning out your trailer means stripping out all of the bedding from the stalls and 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. Food items and other perishables should be removed (like fly sprays and grooming products) from your living quarters and tack room. If you have any tack and show clothing, they should also be removed and stored 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 is allowed to pool for long periods of time.

Address Rust

Rust should be removed. This can be done by either sanding the area or wirebrushing. Then, it needs to be cleaned and painted with a rust-inhibitor paint. If you have a steel trailer, you will want to 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.

Protect Tires

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. It is recommended to move your trailer at least once a month, or put it up on blocks, to help 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, as 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, you should 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. Living quarters should winterized as well if the trailer is not being used 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!

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