1. Inspect Tires:
Make sure that the tires are properly inflated, undamaged, and evenly worn.
2. Check Brakes:
Ensure that the brakes are functioning correctly and all components are in good condition.
3. Grease Fittings:
Regularly lubricate any moving parts such as axles, hubs, and bearings to keep them running smoothly.
4. Lights & Reflectors:
Check that all lights, reflectors, and indicators are working correctly, and replace any burnt-out bulbs before hitting the road.
5. Suspension System:
Check for signs of wear or damage in the suspension system to ensure a safe ride.
Examine the hitch or coupler for rust, corrosion, or any other signs of damage, and replace it if necessary.
7. Clean & Wax:
Clean the trailer's exterior with a mild detergent and wax to protect against dirt, grime, and road salt.
8. Electrical System:
inspect the electrical system for loose connections, frayed wires, and corroded terminals, and make sure all lights are functioning properly.
9. Exterior Components:
Check for missing rivets, screws, bolts, or nuts that need to be replaced, and ensure your hitch ball is secure and tight.
10. Safety Chains/Straps:
Inspect safety chains/straps to ensure they're in good condition and not frayed or broken before hitting the road.
11. Interior Components:
Inspect the interior of the trailer for any signs of moisture, mold, or mildew, and make sure all supplies are stowed correctly.
Make sure that your axles are properly lubricated and aligned to reduce wear on tires and other components.
Check for any cracks, splits, or warped boards in the flooring and replace them as necessary.
14. Trailer Frame:
Check the frame for any signs of rust, corrosion, or damage and repair if necessary.
Examine sealants/caulkings around windows, door frames, and other areas to make sure they're sealed properly.
16. Spare Tire & Jack:
Ensure that you have a spare tire and jack on board for emergency use.
Check the battery's charge level, connections, and terminals to make sure it’s operating correctly.
18. Breakaway Switch & Cable:
Inspect the breakaway switch and cable for any signs of wear or damage and replace them as necessary.
19. Cargo Coverings:
Make sure all cargo is properly covered to protect against the weather and road debris while in transit.
20. Safety Equipment:
Ensure that you have the appropriate safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, flares, and reflective triangles on board.