As you prepare to store your boat away for the winter, it’s also important to put the same care into properly storing your boat’s trailer. By taking the time to prepare your trailer for winter, you can make sure it is ready to roll as soon as the weather warms next season. Here are some tips on storing your trailer.
- Start by thoroughly washing and detailing your trailer. Get rid of any pieces of dirt and gunk that have built up over the season. Check those hard-to-see places, especially the undercarriage. After washing your trailer, make sure it is completely dry before storing to prevent mold.
- Check the trailer frame for any rust spots. Sand off any spots you find, then prime and coat with galvanic paint.
- Make sure to grease the winch gears, jack stand, coupler-latch assembly and brake actuator rollers. Also apply grease or metal protection spray to the light harness and bunk rollers.
- Top off the brake actuator reservoir with brake fluid.
- Jack up the trailer to take the weight off the tires and prevent dry rot and flat spots. If you leave the tires on, stabilize the trailer with blocks. Reduce the air in the tires and cover them with tire covers to prevent sun damage. If you want, you can also remove the trailer’s tires and store them inside.