Tailgate and dividers: Check the wood for any damage. Check hinges,
springs, latches and rings.
Trailer jack: Your trailer jack makes it easy to lift and lower
your trailer. This jack should be given extra attention. Lubricate all
moving parts with a grease gun. When the trailer is unused, crank the
jack up and down occasionally. When the trailer is hooked up to the tow
vehicle, be sure to crank the jack all the way. This prevents the jack
from being damaged.
Break-away system: This system stops your trailer if it should
pull loose from the tow vehicle. Check that all wires are hooked up, and
make sure the battery is fully charged. Check the switch, making sure
all parts are together.
Lubrication: Lubricate all hinges, latches and trailer hitch parts
every other month.
Brakes: The working condition of your brakes should be checked
every time you use your trailer. The brake shoes, drums, electrical system
and hardware should be checked when your wheel bearings are repacked.
Safety chains: Make sure these chains are the correct length,
and that the hooks are not damaged. All links should be in good condition.
Cross chains when they are attached to the tow vehicle.
Matting and padding: Look for tears in the matting or padding.
If broken wires are found in the floor matting, replace them. The matting
on the tailgate and ramps should be securely fastened to avoid slipping.
Remove mats to check wood flooring for signs of rotting.
Trailer axles: If you notice a tire wearing out faster than another,
the axles should be checked. This could indicate the axle may be bent.
Check the axle mounting hardware and springs for damage.
Hitch: Check the trailer hitch at every hook-up. Keep the hitch
lubricated with oil, and check for broken or missing parts. Make sure
the hitch closes. Watch for rusting if the trailer is used frequently.
Tires: Your tires should be in good condition, not worn or dry
rotted. The correct air pressure should be in your tires at all times;
if tour tires wear unevenly, they should be replaced. Have correct tire
size and load rating for your trailer.