What to Do When Returning Home from a Trailer Hauling Trip


After a long trailer hauling trip, you’re most likely wanting to put your boots up and call it a day. You worked hard to prepare for the trip and preparing your trailer for the road. However, before you start dreaming for your next adventure, it is important to properly clean-up and store your trailer. This will ensure that your next trip is a success too! Here are a few tips for those returning home from a trailer hauling trip.

Returning Home from a Trailer Hauling Trip Checklist

Unload and Secure Items

When returning home from a trailer hauling trip, make sure to unload and secure all your items. This includes animals, equipment and supplies.

If you are leaving any items, make sure to safely store them.


Raise the nose of your trailer (and be sure to level the trailer afterward). Remove the mats in the cargo area wash out thoroughly with soap and water. Then, let the area dry and re-install the mats.

If you have aluminum floors, wash the floor frequently to remove any urine, as it is corrosive to aluminum. While treated wood floors don’t require frequent washing, we recommend at least monthly or after no more than two uses.

Black and Gray Tanks, Holding Tanks and Water Lines

Make sure to drain and wash out black and gray tanks. Also, add a bit of water back when finished, as well as deodorizer. This will keep your Gooseneck trailer smelling good until its next use!

Drain and flush fresh water holding tanks and water lines. Just before your next trip, add fresh water, as this will prevent that rotten egg smell.

Winterizing and Storing

If you’re in freezing conditions, keep your trailer’s interior above 40 degrees. This will prevent you from having to “winterize” the water system. Using the on-board heating system or a small electric heater can help you achieve this.

If possible, always store your Gooseneck Trailer indoors. Direct sunlight can causing the following:

  • degrade the awning fabric
  • ruin vinyl graphics
  • destroy rubber seals on your windows
  • havoc for your tires
  • fade your paint job
  • leaks in your trailer’s roof

Therefore, make sure to store your trailer inside if possible. Not only does this avoid damage from the sun, it will also prevent water damage from occurring. However, we know storing your Gooseneck trailer in a completely enclosed garage is not always possible. In this case, 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, protect your investment by buying a high quality trailer cover. This will keep your trailer dry and out of the sun.

Cleaning and Regular Checks

Wash and clean the interior and exterior of your trailer with soap and water, as needed. This 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!

One thought on “What to Do When Returning Home from a Trailer Hauling Trip”

  1. I like what this article recommends about cleaning both the inside and outside of the trailer once you’re home. It makes sense that cleaning the trailer could be helpful because it would allow all the dirt and grime to be removed as to not leave stains or smells. I’ll have to keep this in mind to ensure that once I get home from the trip, the trailer won’t be in bad shape for the next time I need it.

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