When summer is coming to an end, it’s time to winterize your box trailer until spring arrives. Improper winter storage can turn a perfectly thin trailer into a moldy trailer, so there are a lot of things you need to do, just to make sure everything is working properly for the upcoming season.
Certainly cleaning your box trailer is the first thing to do for winter hibernation. Your trailer receives a lot of exploitation throughout the year, so you need to give it a really deep cleaning between uses. Check for any signs of road debris and green or black mold because if left untreated during the winter it can lead to permanent damage and more serious problems that you definitely want to avoid.
Ideally, it is always good practice to use a fabric cover to avoid any possible damage caused by icing and external factors over such a long period of time. When it’s time for long-term storage, a breathable cover can ensure the best possible ventilation and is much more affordable than trailer bodywork. Be sure to completely empty and clean the interior, leaving the door open so air can circulate in and out. By the way, I mean cleaning the entire surface and sweeping up the clutter, washing the floor, and putting everything back together once it’s dry. Once you’ve finished cleaning the interior, you may want to prepare the exterior before the following winter. A deep cleaning is also essential and gives you the opportunity to inspect and repair any type of damage when the workshops are less busy. Be careful not to use chemicals that are unpleasant for trailer construction because they can cause permanent stretching, especially when it comes to cleaning the roof of the enclosed trailer.
If you’re not a fan of cold weather transportation, it’s time to find a place to store your trailer somewhere, outside of your home in a special place. Although the trailers are designed for outdoors, it is not recommended that they sit for a very long period of time and be directly exposed to rain and snow during the winter months. Finding a good storage place is easy: you just need to contact a local agency or some association and pay a security provision for the service. If it is stored on a property with other trailers, this means that someone will be able to keep an eye on the trailer in most cases and this will act as a strong deterrent to potential thieves.
Being stored all winter in the same place puts a lot of pressure on the trailer tires. Consider rotating the wheels periodically every two months to remove pressure on the same side and avoid flat spots.