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Old 06-14-2017, 07:16 PM   #1
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Are you doing your maintenance?

Now that I've been an owner for a few months, I figured it was time to get serious about maintenance. I looked inside my manual and found the list of maintenance items copied below.

Are most of you really doing all of these things religiously? Sure, I guess I could torque my lug nuts every trip and check the tire pressure, but I don't do that with my car. Are most of you instead doing some of these things every few months instead of "weekly"?

Also, I didn't see anything in the list about the gas appliances directly (fridge, furnace, water heater). I was planning on bringing my trailer to a dealer once a year to have them look at those things. And what about that waxing that I keep hearing about. Waxing is not in this list either, so it is really required or just cosmetic?


Each Trip or Weekly:
Inspect Safety Chains
Inspect Brake Wiring, 7-Pin Plug
Test Brake-away Switch
Inspect Tires (Inflation, Wear, Damage)
Torque Lug Nuts
Check Exterior Lighting
Test Awning Wind Sensor (if equipped)

1000 kms or 30 Days:
Lubricate Coupler Latch & Socket
Inspect Hitch Components
Clean Battery Cables & Terminals / Check Fluid

Every 3000 kms or 90 Days:
Inspect Brakes
Sanitize Water Tanks (if trailer has been stored)
Check All Seals + Openings Reseal as Needed

Every 12,000 kms or Yearly:
Check Water System Components
Pack Wheel Bearings
Inspect + Clean Vents
Inspect Suspension
Lubricate Hinges
Lubricate Locks
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Old 06-14-2017, 07:23 PM   #2
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Inspect the gas orifice on the fridge for spider webs and blow out with compressed air.
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Old 06-14-2017, 07:24 PM   #3
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I think some of the things on that list are excessive Paul, but maybe that's just me. I don't repack the bearings every year, I can tell you. That's because they don't need it. Every two years, maybe. Some of the items that say every 90 days I might do once a year.

One thing I do happen to do regularly is to check all hitch related components, and make sure the trailer tire pressure is correct.

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Old 06-14-2017, 07:43 PM   #4
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We have always repacked bearings once a year which is what Trailer Life says, or 10,000 miles, whichever is sooner. We had a delay this time because we had picked up late in the year and then with winter, wanted them repacked spring, not done right before winter. Trailer is in Iowa. If in Texas, the schedule may change due to weather.

There would be info in the manual about cleaning and waxing so I don't think that everything is above.

When first picking up a new trailer, you need to check the lug nuts every 100 miles for first 300. Some then check before each trip.
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:00 PM   #5
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I think some of the things on that list are excessive Paul, but maybe that's just me. I don't repack the bearings every year, I can tell you. That's because they don't need it. Every two years, maybe. Some of the items that say every 90 days I might do once a year.

One thing I do happen to do regularly is to check all hitch related components, and make sure the trailer tire pressure is correct.

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I agree. This list is a bit OCD, but that's my opinion.

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How about the air conditioner filter?
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:21 PM   #7
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Each Trip or Weekly:
...
Inspect Brake Wiring, 7-Pin Plug
Test Brake-away Switch
...

Every 3000 kms or 90 Days:
Inspect Brakes
...

Every 12,000 kms or Yearly:
...
Pack Wheel Bearings
...
I suppose testing the breakaway switch is a good idea, and even that frequently might be a good idea... although I don't know how many times these cheap switches can be pulled before the testing causes failure.

Other than pulling the breakaway switch (and listening for a clack of brake magnets or test-pulling the trailer), what would "Inspect Brakes" entail? Did you mean "test brakes", by applying the manual lever on the controller? The shoe clearance can be adjusted, but other than that the brakes are hidden in the drums, not accessible without pulling the drum off, which means pulling apart the bearings.

A full brake component inspection is suitable whenever the bearings inspected and repacked... which would be at one-year or longer intervals.
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:22 PM   #8
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I check all the lights every trip (at departure), if they work so does the 7-pin. I check the brakes when I get in the truck

I lube the springs once a year.
I check the condition of the tires before every trip at the same time tire pressure.
Bearings and brakes checked (at shop) every 2-3 years, depending on miles towed.
No safety chains
Lube king pin as needed and same with hitch. Inspect then.
Clean Battery Cables & Terminals / Check Fluid, twice a year (one of those during winterizing).
Check all caulking around vents, lights every time trailer washed.
Lubricate all locks as needed or at winterizing.
Torque lug nuts twice within 300 miles after a wheel/tire change (and if I think about it any other time)
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:39 PM   #9
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Check all caulking around vents, lights every time trailer washed.
I have no idea what I'm looking for, if the caulk isn't obviously separated. I don't want to pick at it for fear of causing a problem. Any advice on what I should be looking for?
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:50 PM   #10
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I have no idea what I'm looking for, if the caulk isn't obviously separated. I don't want to pick at it for fear of causing a problem. Any advice on what I should be looking for?
Basically just that Glenn, is it separating, splitting, missing? If you take your wash mitt to the caulk does it try to lift. I certainly don't pick at it, but have noticed once it starts to go bad, it goes quickly. With as much rain as we get, it's important to stay on top of it.
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