View Full Version : Trailer Wheel Covers and Trailer Storage

03-18-2007, 08:52 PM
Overton's sells canvas wheel covers for trailer tires to prevent exposure to sun and weather. Are they worth the money?

I have a tandem trailer for my 2006 Prostar 197. The trailer is empty from April to October when my boat is stored on my boat lift. The boat is back on the trailer from October to April for winter storage. When the trailer is empty, should I do anything special to minimize wear and tear on the trailer, e.g. raise the wheels off the ground?

What are the best practices for storing a Mastercraft trailer when unloaded for extended periods of time?

03-18-2007, 09:39 PM
If you can keep the trailer out of the elements, that is your best bet. However, if you need to store it outside here are a few things to do:

-Keep tires properly inflated throughout the summer/winter.
-Clean the trailer, and apply a coat of wax before leaving it outside for the season.
-Spray down all the connectors with some wd-40 or similar product to prevent rust.
-If you can keep the wheels off the ground, that is ideal.
-Remove spare tire from trailer and store indoors.
-Torque lug nuts prior to each use after it has been sitting and check tire pressure.

03-18-2007, 09:43 PM
I would say, yes they are worth the money. Most tires covers are sold for the spare tire, but if you want them to cover the regular tires while the trailer is unloaded, jacked up and off the ground, that would make good sense too, if it was parked outside in the weather. I would be sure to apply protectant on the entire tire to add some additional protection to keep them from drying out. Camper/Camper Supply retailers, sell tire covers that do not require the wheels to be above ground to be used.