Stay Safe with This Hopper and Livestock Trailer Preventative Maintenance Schedule

Trailer preventative maintenance and serviceis extremely important if you want to make sure your vehicles are always safe and legal. Hopper trailers and livestock trailersrequire regular maintenance throughout the year, so don’t neglect them. Otherwise, you could encounter some serious issues during your trip, such as flat tires, faulty brakes, and more.

Follow the trailer maintenanceschedule below to ensure your trailers are always properly maintained.


Trailer Maintenance Before Your Trip


Before every trip, make sure to inspect the following items on your hopper trailersand livestock trailers:


  • Tires: Check the tire pressure to ensure it’s within acceptable limits and add air as needed. You’ll also want to inspect all tires for tread wear and damage.
  • Brakes: Check the function of your electric, surge, or hydraulic brakes, as well as your breakaway kits, to ensure they are in proper working order.
  • Coupler, Hitch and Safety Chains: Check for correct sized hitch attachments, weight ratings, wear, cracks, or damage and replace parts as needed.
  • Lights: Test all brake lights and turn signals to ensure they are working correctly. If not, inspect connections for corrosion, bad grounds and fuses.
  • Lug Nuts: Make sure your lug nuts are tightened to the correct amount. New wheels need to be checked every 10, 20, and 50 miles.


Trailer Service Every 6 Months


In addition to regular maintenance items, your hopper trailersand livestock trailerswill need the following inspections every six months:


  • Tires: Rotate tires every six months, or 5000 miles, whichever comes first.
  • Brakes: For electric brakes, check for wear and correct power output. For surge breaks, check the master cylinder level. If you have hydraulic brakes, bleed your brakes and change the brake fluid.
  • Wheel Bearings: Check for any loose, worn, or damaged wheel bearings and hub seals and replace them or repack them as needed. Also, inspect for any leaks in dust caps and seals that would allow water into the grease.


Annual Trailer Maintenance


Finally, you’ll need to perform a few annual trailer maintenancetasks to keep your hopper and livestock trailersperforming properly:


  • Brakes: Check the brake shoes and drums on all kinds of brakes for any scoring or wear. Replace as needed, or per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Also, check wiring for damage.
  • Wheel Bearings:Disassemble all wheel bearings and give them a thorough inspection.
  • Wheel Rims: Check for dents and cracks and replace if necessary.
  • Structure Welds: Take a walk around your trailer and inspect all structure welds. Make repairs where needed.
  • Members, Bolts, and Rivets: Inspect all of these components and replace or repair any worn or damaged parts.
  • Seals: Check all seals for any damage or leaks.
  • Springs: Have a look at your springs to make sure they haven’t become flattened or broken.
  • Suspension: Inspect your suspension for any wear or loose fasteners.


In addition to these tasks, it’s a good idea to have your trailer inspected once a year by a professional.


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