9/11/2013

Winter Storage

Can you feel that? That chill in the air signaling that winter is coming? Yep, it’s that time of year again, time to watch the beautiful colors of Fall disappear and be replaced by the crisp cleanliness of Winter. We know for some people winter is not a welcomed season, but it does bring us one step closer to Spring and all the wonderful activities that follow. Our friends over at Dexter Axle have put together a very helpful list to help you prepare for storage during the Winter months.

“Storage Preparation

If your trailer is to be stored for an extended period of time or over the winter, it is important that the trailer be prepared properly.
  1. Remove the emergency breakaway battery and store inside out of the weather. Charge the battery at least every 90 days.
  2. Jack up the trailer and place jack stands under the trailer frame so that the weight will be off the tires. Follow the trailer manufacturer’s guidelines to lift and support the unit. Never jack up or place jack stands on the axle tube or on the equalizers.
  3. Lubricate mechanical moving parts such as the hitch, and suspension parts, that are exposed to the weather.
  4. Boat trailer axles are subject to repeated immersion. Before storing, remove brake drums; clean, dry and re-lubricate moving brake components; inspect bearings – clean and re-lubricate.
  5. On oil lubricated hubs, the upper part of the roller bearings are not immersed in oil and are subject to potential corrosion. For maximum bearing life, it is recommended that you revolve your wheels periodically (every 2-3 weeks) during periods of prolonged storage.”




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