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    Snowmobile Trailer Maintenance

    Posted by AmSnow
    on Thursday, May 15, 2014

     Once the snow is gone, it’s time to take inventory of all your equipment. There’s one very important piece that’s often overlooked by snowmobilers. What is it?

    Snowmobile trailers are often an afterthought! We go through sleds with a fine tooth comb changing oils, inspecting clutches, etc.

    I used to be a part of the group that paid no attention to trailers. It makes no sense when you think about it. Without our trailer, many of us don’t ride. It’s as essential to the sport for us as the sled.

    When we do think about the trailer it’s things like ski glides, adding traction products to ease loading or interior lighting. There’s no problem with keeping those things in working order or making improvements, but try this rule of thumb to ensure you maintain the basics: Start from the ground up.

    Begin with the tires, making sure you’ve got good tread, no air leaks and hubs are greased. Check surge brakes, if equipped, and your axel.

    The underside of snowmobile trailers are often one of the most overlooked areas of seasonal maintenance. I’ll bet you’re one of those people who take the truck through the car wash on that first spring day above freezing. We forget about that trailer you’ve pulled through all that salt and grime too. Yea, that needs to be taken care of.

    Find a way to get under there as best you can with the power washer and soapy water… without damaging any wiring, of course. What works best for me is to jack up the tongue as far as you can. If needed, set the tongue jack on block of wood or similar object, and be sure to chock the tires. It’s not always easy, but it’s one of the best steps you can take to lengthen the life of your trailer.

    I wait to move on to checking wiring until after I take care of the underside of the trailer just in case something is damaged during the washing process. Then I hook the trailer up to the truck, connecting it as if I were going somewhere. It’s important to not only check lights, but also the coupler and hitch components. Give everything a good greasing to prevent moisture from damaging or rusting any moving parts.

    If you’ve got an enclosed trailer, give the exterior a good washing to help preserve the finish. Now it’s time to start thinking about adding those shelves and helmet storage!

    By Ross Halvorson, AmSnow's Associate Editor

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