7 Essential Maintenance Tips For Your Cargo Utility Trailer

October 21, 2014

Woah, woah there, not so fast. I know you're anxious to get out on the open road but there's some things you should always check to ensure the longevity and safety of the trailer you rely on for hauling your utility and travel cargo.

Anything with many factors and moving parts require a certain sense of attention to detail and care. Below you'll find 7 essential items for you to execute before any trip with significant mileage involved. Whether you're taking our LittleGiant trailerGearWagon 125 trailer or any other cargo utility trailer for travel and camping, always remember, "take care of your trailer and your trailer will take care of you."

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  1. Check tire pressure

    Both the GearWagon and LittleGiant Trailer tires provide a significant amount of additional capacity beyond the normal load capacity. This allows the tire pressure to stay in the range of about 30-40 psi (higher psi as additional weight is added); this is the case year-round in all climates. Just like your car or bicycle, tire pressure is essential to performance. When pressure gets low, your load carrying capacity is reduced and stability is lost.

  2. Check lighting 

    Don't be left in the dark, a simple test can keep you from getting pulled over and from being a road hazard. The GearWagon enclosed cargo trailer and LittleGiant cargo utility trailer wiring has a four-flat connector plug and uses LED lighting. Lighting failure often occurs with the vehicle's four-flat plug being frayed, so start by plugging the trailer plug into your car or RV plug to test for stop-turn-tail light operation, and verify yellow LED side marker lights are functioning.

"Don't be left in the dark..."

  1. Check lug nuts  to make sure they are properly tightened

    The lug nut tension should be checked at least twice during the first 1,000 miles of use to catch any loosening of the lug nuts if the lug studs “creep” slightly after being tightened for the first time.  Trailer studs are pressed into the axle hub and can “creep” outward by the initial torque of the lug nut tension when new.  Testing the lug nut torque at the 300 and 800-mile points insures that the studs are fully seated in the hubs and only periodic checks are needed into the future.

  2. Check bearings for proper lubrication

    All Let's Go Aero trailers feature a superior performance driven rubber torsion axle and “zert” based lubrication system, a real benefit for strength and low maintenance.  Unlike leaf spring axles that require repacking the bearings, maintenance is limited to maintaining proper grease levels in the wheel hubs. This is done by removing a rubber dust cap and filling the hub with grease via the Zert until the grease begins to swell out of the rear hub seal. Do so once a year or every 12,000 miles. Note that repacking bearings is always a maintenance requirement for trailers that are submerged in water.

  3. Check payload is secure and evenly distributed

    The way you pack your trailer is important, plain and simple. Think of your trailer as a moving truck, you wouldn't load all of your hefty furniture on one side and leave the lighter items on the other; this should be your method of thinking while you load gear onto your trailer. With this being said, Let's Go Aero trailers are relatively small and are weight centered over the axle. The hazards of improper loading that can occur in larger trailers, such as fish tailing, is alleviated.

  4. Check condition of safety chains

    To ensure complete security and peace of mind, make sure to check wear and tear of your safety chains and if applicabale, check cross chains under tongue when towing. This will keep your utility trailer and cargo safe and only takes a quick look over.

  5. Check fasteners, overall condition

    Let's Go Aero trailers are well engineered for lightness and efficiency, such that it's often said "you hardly know it's back there".  Such user-friendly construction can make it easy to forget to check nuts and bolts periodically. While rigerous tests are not needed, it's always possible for fasteners to loosen over time, and therefore still advised to conduct a quick safety check before every trip.

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