How to avoid damage to your trailer
A semi-trailer is an investment that should provide the best possible return on investment. That is why it is important to maintain it as well as possible and protect it from damage so that it continues to operate safely and efficiently for as long as it can. With good maintenance, you can also reap the benefits long-term thanks to a nice trade-in value for the trailer at the end of its life cycle. We collected some tips for your trailer. Below you will find an easy checklist!
- Perform regular maintenance
Regular maintenance is crucial for the proper functioning of your tipper or walking floor trailer. Besides operating your moving floor trailer or tipper correctly, regular maintenance is also important. Think about changing oil and filters, checking brakes and lights, and lubricating moving parts. Also, get a thorough inspection done periodically by an expert mechanic to detect any problems in time. With a walking floor trailer, make sure you also maintain the floor properly. By investing some time in this every now and then, the moving floor trailer can last considerably longer. Find out here how best to maintain your moving floor to get the most out of it.
- Check tyre pressure and wear regularly
The tyres on your tipper or moving floor trailer are crucial for the safety and performance of the vehicle. Therefore, check tyre pressure and wear of the tyres regularly. Too low tyre pressure can lead to overheating and tyre damage, while too much wear can lead to reduced road grip and an increased risk of a blowout.
- Keep the trailer body clean
A clean trailer body is important not only for appearance but also for safety. This is because residue from previous loads can interfere with the operation of the tipping cylinder and can damage or hamper the hydraulics of the moving floor trailer. In addition, it can cause corrosion and rusting. Therefore, make sure you thoroughly clean the trailer body after every load by using a pressure washer on board, for example. Or you can opt for a moving bulkhead on a moving floor or a liner for a tipper truck that allows the load to unload more smoothly.
- How to protect the paint
The very first scratch in the paintwork of your brand-new trailer: it hurts, doesn't it? Fortunately, there are some things you can do to put off those first scratches for as long as possible. Like turning your straps once or twice while tightening them! When you tighten them flat, they become subject to resonance, hitting the body of the trailer and damaging the paintwork. Of course, spacers are fitted as standard on our trailers; these are small blocks on the wall that support the straps, preventing them from being tensioned against the wall. For moving floor trailers, we have an even more flawless solution: integrated straps. They look good because they are fully incorporated into the body of the trailer, making it impossible to damage the paintwork, but they also ensure that the lettering on the trailer is always fully visible. A standard door retainer for walking floor trailers or door opener for barn doors can also prevent the doors from hitting the body and damaging the paintwork. Check our tips on how to keep the paintwork on your trailer in top condition or how a quality sheet can protect your trailer.
By following these tips, you can keep your tipper or moving floor trailer damage-free and enjoy your vehicle for longer. In addition, always remember to put safety first and drive responsibly.
- Schedule regular maintenance
- Check tyre pressure
- Check tyre wear
- Keep the trailer body clean
- Protect the paintwork:
- Twist the straps
- Choose embedded sangles
- Use a door retainer or opener
- Make sure the hoops are visible on the side wall, so the loader can also see them
- Always roll up the sheet correctly, strong winds may damage it when loose
Checklist on every departure:
- Sheet rolled up and tightened properly
- All accessories back in place
- Load well distributed across vehicle
- All fasteners closed: lock hooks, levers, fuses....