During the winter, it’s easy to forget all about trailer maintenance. But while your trailer is sitting idle, out of sight and out of mind, your tires could be getting damaged.
If your trailer’s tire pressure gets low, the tire walls may begin to sag, causing weight bearing where it’s not intended. Then, come spring riding season, you’ll end up having to purchase a new tire. Now, I don’t know about you but there are other things I’d rather spend my money on!
But one of the things I did purchase for my truck emergency kit is a “Slime” portable tire inflator. But don’t make the same mistake I did and buy the cheapest one and then have to go back and exchange or replace it because it’s not up to the task. Get the Heavy Duty (for SUV’s & trucks) model.
These are really easy to use for either checking your tire’s pressure or inflating them if they’re low.
How do you know what your tires’ pressure should be? What you don’t want to do is use the number on your tires. That number is the maximum pressure your tire can withstand (again, here’s an opportunity to learn from my mistakes!). If you look at your trailer, you should have a sticker that tells you the ideal hot or cold pressure for your particular rig.
Today might not be great for riding, but it would be a perfect day to go out and check your horse trailer’s tire pressures. Then, when the weather warms up, be sure to check them again.
P.S. I took my own advice and checked my trailer tires yesterday. All four tires were five to ten pounds low! My other thought is that it’d be great if I rotate the way I park my trailer. Here in Colorado, the UV is a real issue. I’ll have to see if I can alternate which side of the trailer gets exposed to the sun. A little different take on tire rotation 😉
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