A landscape fleet’s trailer is one of the most important pieces of equipment they own. Landscape trailers serve many purposes such as transporting tools and equipment, towing larger machinery, and moving earth materials. Spring is the busiest time for landscapers and their trailers. Granted things could be a bit slower this year because of Coronavirus, however, it is still important to know how to prepare a landscape trailer for the spring. If your trailer breaks down because it is not ready for the summer hustle, it can put a serious dent in your fleet’s workflow.
How to Prepare a Landscape Trailer for Spring
The first thing you’ll want to do is give the trailer a wash down. If you used your trailer during winter, it’s very important to wash off any salt that may lead to eventual corrosion. A pressure washer is usually the best option for cleaning the trailer. When cleaning the trailer be sure to get the following parts.
- Behind the Mud Flaps
- The Undercarriage
- Rims and Tire Treads
Diluted Simple Green is often a good choice for cleaning the trailer. After the cleaning, inspect the trailer for rust spots, loose nuts and bolts, and wires. The wires are very important as they make they will make your lights and directionals work. If the lights are disconnected, they can cause you to get pulled over and get ticketed. Worse, lights that are not working correctly can cause an accident.
The unpredictable weather of spring can wreak havoc on trailer tire pressure. Tires that are inflated incorrectly can be very dangerous to you and the people around you. Check your tire pressure frequently and also check the condition of the tires. Make sure your treads haven’t worn away, worn treads mean you will definitely need new tires before getting into the rush of late spring. You should also make sure your trailer’s brakes are working optimally. It is best to test the brakes, just not on the road. It doesn’t hurt to also check your shocks and suspension.
These tips apply to both open and enclosed trailers. The only difference is that enclosed trailers need to be inspected from the inside. Make sure the floor is intact and not showing signs of rot. Check all of the tool racks to make sure they are secure and not loose. Sweep out any debris accumulated from last year and dispose of it. It is also a good idea to make sure no winter visitors have made their homes inside the trailer.