Good cargo trailers are going to be abused. Dozens if not hundreds of different items are going to be tossed inside the
trailer, weighing it down with the mass of a considerable number of heavy, possibly sharp objects while causing it to be tugged, pushed, pulled and bounced from location to location underneath all of that pressure. In addition, cargo trailers
are almost always subject to harsh elements. Rain, snow, wind and more will constantly be pounding against the sides of the trailer, leaving it open to damage and decay.
It is this constant abuse that makes these utility vehicles some of the most beloved pieces of equipment an individual will ever purchase. With the ability to store and transport almost any item anywhere, these trailers can be used daily, transporting many objects that are of value to you.
Because these haulers could be transporting items of considerable value to you, it becomes very important that you regularly inspect them for damage and decay, as well as provide them with general maintenance on a consistent basis.
There are several parts of your trailer that will need to be monitored in order to make sure they are in working order. Each part should be thoroughly inspected, and replaced if necessary in order to reduce the likelihood of further damage. Whether it's an enclosed cargo trailer, a gooseneck, or models made by Continental, Pace and Haulmark, some of the parts that should be inspected include:
The bearings and hubs should get the most amount of attention. The hubs in particular should be checked by an expert in order to find any serious gouges that could result in further breakage, and the bearings should be checked often due to the number of instances that they get wet. One quick and easy way to check that they are undamaged is to check the heat of these areas after they have been used. If there is damage, these areas will heat up due to friction.
In addition to checking the parts, you should also grease up the moving parts to keep them mobile and reduce friction. And after several long hauls it is a good idea to go visit a professional to get a quick inspection. No matter how well you understand the components of your vehicle, there is always the chance that you will miss something that an expert will notice.