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ttu 07-23-2013 08:14 PM

advice on outdoor trailer storage
 
put my x2 in a slip this year and it will stay there year round. the marina where I am at will store my trailer also. what advice do you guys have to try to keep the trailer in nice condition.

thanks!

ttu 07-23-2013 10:19 PM

sorry forgot I will be using the trailer twice a year for trips to table rock and maybe the dealer for service should it be something I can't handle.

uplander 07-23-2013 10:36 PM

I am on vacation and noticed today that most are covering the winch with a 5 gallon bucket. I would guess you could come up with something better to cover it but that is one item I would cover.

TxsRiverRat 07-23-2013 10:58 PM

I stored a trailer at a marina (not my mastercraft) and you better be sure the trailer lot isn't somewhere that can flood... My trailer sat under water for MONTHs and it was a mess afterwards...

Make sure the trailer has a nice lock on it too! Tongue and spare... I'd back the lock up with something to secure the trailer from moving...

Take the license plate off too

I am fairly certain people cruise those lots looking for free trailers...

thatsmrmastercraft 07-24-2013 03:27 AM

Get tire covers like the RV guys use. Always a good thing, but since yours will be sitting in the same spot so much it will really save your tires.

bturner2 07-24-2013 08:29 AM

I'm sure some will think my crazy but once a year I pull mine home and flush the brake fluid (started doing this this year after seeing the condition of the brake fluid) and wax the trailer twice a year. I change the bearing oil every other year and pull the calipers off and grease the slides and use anti squeal on the pads. I also hit all the pivot points on the brake actuator, coupler and bearing surfaces on the winch with WD40 during this maintenance routine and before pulling for any trip. Air pressure is checked before any pull longer than 50 miles and during every maintenance cycle along with torqueing all the lug nuts including the ones for the spare (for some reason the spare comes loose).

pmikler 07-24-2013 08:52 AM

I know your in the tire industry- Will putting the trailer on blocks help get some additional life out of the tires? - Along with covering them of course.

Quote:

Originally Posted by thatsmrmastercraft (Post 960004)
Get tire covers like the RV guys use. Always a good thing, but since yours will be sitting in the same spot so much it will really save your tires.


76S&S 07-24-2013 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bturner2 (Post 960034)
I'm sure some will think my crazy but once a year I pull mine home and flush the brake fluid (started doing this this year after seeing the condition of the brake fluid) and wax the trailer twice a year. I change the bearing oil every other year and pull the calipers off and grease the slides and use anti squeal on the pads. I also hit all the pivot points on the brake actuator, coupler and bearing surfaces on the winch with WD40 during this maintenance routine and before pulling for any trip. Air pressure is checked before any pull longer than 50 miles and during every maintenance cycle along with torqueing all the lug nuts including the ones for the spare (for some reason the spare comes loose).

Want to borrow my trailer for a week or two?:D

jgraham37128 07-24-2013 11:41 AM

If possible place it in the woods for shade. I have a friend that does this with his and has for years and his trailer still looks new.

thatsmrmastercraft 07-24-2013 12:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pmikler (Post 960037)
I know your in the tire industry- Will putting the trailer on blocks help get some additional life out of the tires? - Along with covering them of course.

It won't hurt, but realistically, your tires will wear out from exposure to air long before you will ever wear out your tread. Bias ply tires will flat spot but radial tires don't have this tendency.

If you tow your boat any distance, fight the urge to run your trailer tires beyond five seasons. Much better to buy new tires and sell the old tires on craigslist. Trailer tires with tread always sell there regardless of tire age.


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