Winter has its beauty, with blankets of snow and shimmering ice; however, it also brings challenges for those of us who own horse trailers. The plummeting temperatures, snow, ice, and road salt can all take a toll on your trailer. Properly winterizing your horse trailer ensures that it stays in tip-top condition and is ready to roll when spring arrives. Let Wright-Way Trailers guide you through the essential steps to winter-proof your trailer.
- Thorough Cleaning
Before you do anything else, give your trailer a thorough cleaning inside and out. Remove any hay, manure, or bedding to prevent mold and rust. Wash the exterior to remove dirt, grime, and, most importantly, road salt, which can be corrosive.
- Inspect Seals and Seams
Cold weather can cause seals to crack or shrink. Inspect all seals around doors, windows, and the roof. Replace any that look worn out or damaged to prevent water from seeping in and freezing.
- Check the Flooring
If your trailer has wooden floors, make sure there’s no moisture trapped that can freeze and damage the wood. Also, look for any signs of rot or weakness and replace damaged sections.
- Lubricate Moving Parts
Cold weather can make hinges and locks stiff and difficult to operate. Lubricate all moving parts, including ramp hinges, door latches, and window mechanisms.
- Tire Care
If your trailer will be stationary over the winter, consider jacking it up to take the weight off the tires. This prevents flat spots. Also, ensure the tires are inflated to the recommended PSI.
- Electrical Systems
Remove any batteries and store them in a dry, cool place. This extends their lifespan. Check all lighting systems and replace any faulty bulbs.
Ensure all vents are clear of debris but closed properly. This prevents moisture buildup while keeping pests out.
- Drain Water Systems
If your trailer has any water storage or plumbing, make sure to drain them completely to prevent pipes from bursting when water freezes.
- Cover It Up
Investing in a good quality cover can protect your trailer from the elements, UV damage, and dirt.
Ensuring Peace of Mind
Winterizing your horse trailer is not just about maintenance; it's about peace of mind. Knowing that your trailer is protected and ready for the next season allows you to focus on other important tasks during the winter.
Need help with winterizing or considering an upgrade before the snow hits? Wright-Way Trailers is here for all your trailer needs. Give us a call at (319) 393-4544 or check out our services online at https://www.wrightwaytrailers.com/. Let us help you protect your investment so you can enjoy many more seasons on the road with your horses!