Livestock Trailer Maintenance Tips

The safety of your livestock depends upon a safe mode of travel. This means that you need a quality horse trailer and that it needs to be properly maintained. The following tips can help you keep your trailer in good condition.

Tip #1: Watch your wheels

The most important thing you need to do to keep your trailer in good condition is to keep the tires in good condition. Begin with a basic check to ensure the tread is in good condition. Most tires have tread bars, which are raised areas between the treads. As long as the tread sits higher than the tread bars, the tires treads are at a safe level. You should also check that the tires are aired up fully and that the tread is wearing evenly. Underinflated tires or uneven tread can lead to a rough ride, which can be tough on your livestock.

Tip #2: Inspect and clean your floors

Animal waste can cause major damage to trailer floor boards. Wood floors can rot, while aluminum can corrode through. To avoid this, make sure that you fully rinse out the trailer after each use. Then, inspect the trailer before loading animals to make sure the floors are strong and with no weak boards. The weight of a cow or horse stepping on a damaged board can cause it to collapse, which can cause a major injury to your animal. Wood boards can be replaced, but aluminum trailers will require repairs by a welder to remove and replace corroded supports.

Tip #3: Perform a safety inspection

Before hauling anything, verify that all brake and tail lights hook up and work properly. If you have an enclosed trailer, it is vital that you make sure that the fans or cooling system is performing at the optimum level. A failure of this system could lead to discomfort, or even death, for any animals being hauled. Finish your inspection by verifying that all the safety changes and sway bars are working properly, and that any lug nuts or bolts are fully tightened.

Tip #4: Look for pests

Bees, mice, and other pests may find your trailer the perfect home. Rinsing out feed and straw after every use will keep rodents and many other pests away. Bees and wasps, on the other hand, may build their nest in corners or storage boxes in the trailer. Once on the road, these pests can cause injuries to your livestock. Make sure to look in the ceiling and any other hidden places for hives or nests before loading your animals.

For more maintenance help, contact a utility trailer dealer (such as Colorado Trailers Inc) in your area.