Welcome! You will find a lot of helpful UHaul
owners on this site who will gladly offer opinions and tested solutions to your UHaul
issues. Be sure to look up some of the previous threads, especially about windows
. There are many people who have looked for the best ways to refurbish windows
, so use the SEARCH function here liberally! Original new windows
are very hard to find, but the old ones can be brought back to life with new weather-stripping and seals. Perfect Fit is one source and butyl tape is a real friend!
As to the age of your trailer, at least you have a very limited number of years to pick from! They were only manufactured for about 3 years in the mid-80s, so they tend to be 1984, 1985, or 1986 models. This should be located on your title
, but it might be wrong there. Many trailers have stickers or plates that note the date, but finding these on the trailer can require some searching.
For cleaning, Bar Keeper's Friend is a good cleanser to use with some elbow grease. I use a general RV liquid soap with about a half cup of bleach mixed in the water to take care of any mildew or mold spots. If the gelcoat is really oxided (powdery), you may need to do a light
sanding, but this is usually a last resort. On my last re-do, I used ZEP floor stripper on whole trailer to get all old coatings off, washed it thoroughly, then applied 5 coats of Red Maxx Pro (now marketed as ZEP floor finish - Step 3). It shines like a diamond!
You will not need to worry about greasing your hubs since they are sealed from the factory. However, you should check your tires
and replace those if the trailer has been sitting around for a bit. The tires
usually last only about 5 years because of dry rot and lack of use. They may look fine, but they can be bad inside. You should also check to see if a previous owner installed brakes
, since these didn't come on the CT and often aren't needed because of its light weight
. If the trailer rides really low, you may need a new axle
, but that isn't an emergency thing and can be done later. If you do replace the axle
, you may want to get one with brakes
already installed on the hubs. This allows you to use regular wheel rims rather than the strange UHaul size, too. (UHaul used unique sizes on the wheels to discourage theft during the rental years. Many folks have switched over to regular hubs/axles so that they can use easily available rims.)
Good luck and welcome to the club!