Unload and Secure Items
Unload and secure all your items. This includes animals, equipment and supplies. If you are leaving any items, they should be safely stored.
Raise the nose of your trailer (and be sure to level the trailer afterward). The mats in the cargo area should be removed and washed out thoroughly with soap and water. Then, let the area dry and re-install the mats. If you have aluminum floors, it is crucial that the floor is washed frequently to remove any urine, as it is corrosive to aluminum. While treated wood floors do not require washing as often, we recommend at least monthly or after no more than two uses.
Black and Gray Tanks
Black and gray tanks should be drained and washed out. A bit of water should also be added back when finished, as well as deodorizer. This will keep your Gooseneck trailer smelling good until its next use!
Holding Tank and Water Lines
Fresh water holding tank and water lines needs to be drained and flushed. Just before your next trip, add fresh water, as this will prevent that rotten egg smell.
Winterizing and Storing
If you are in freezing conditions, make sure to keep the interior of your trailer above 40 degrees so you don’t have to “winterize” the water system. This can be done with the onboard heating system or the use of a small electric heater.
If possible, always store your Gooseneck Trailer indoors. Direct sunlight can degrade the awning fabric, ruin vinyl graphics, destroy rubber seals on your windows, cause havoc for your tires, fade your paint job and even cause leaks in your trailer’s roof. This is why it is important to store your trailer inside if possible. Not only does this avoid damage from the sun, it will also prevent water damage from occurring. If storing your Gooseneck trailer in a completely enclosed garage is not possible, then try to find another covered area where your trailer can be out of the elements.
For many, storing their trailer outdoors is the only option. If this is the case, be sure to protect your investment by buying a high quality trailer cover to keep your trailer dry and out of the sun.
Washing and cleaning the interior and exterior of your trailer with soap and water, as needed, will protect your investment and keep it looking good!
Check your Gooseneck trailer regularly between each use to ensure all systems are working and that you have it ready for your next trip with little effort or time required.
These are just a few tips for those returning from a trailer hauling trip. Contact Gooseneck Trailers with the link below for more information!