Originally Posted by Alberta Mac
Wondering since I'm totally ''Green'' when it comes to trailers ! what I should upgrade ? or what is there something that requires routine maintenance ?
On any new to me trailer this is what I do right off the top and again each year:
1) Check the date on the tires
- if more then 4 years old replace them - no matter how good they look.
2) Inspect and repack wheel bearings. Replace bearings if needed.
3) Check and adjust break pads - replace if needed.
4) Check dates on propane
tanks - so your not surprised the first time you take it to refill and they refuse to refill it due to it being to old.
5) Check the state of the batteries. If there more than 4 years old or the previous owner ran them down below 12 on a regular bases they may not hold a charge well. Every used trailer I have purchased had battery issues.... even a trailer that had a new 2 pack 6 volt system installed just 2 months prior to my purchasing it. The previous owner had used it only once since install and it was pretty clear he had run them right down on that trip....probable more than once!
He had told me he camped without power for all of the 2 week trip he did & most of it was in one spot. I know he had no solar
. Buy yourself a 12V battery monitor to avoid doing the same.
6) Check that you have a propane
, carbon monoxide and smoke detector and that they actually work.
7) Take a look at the roof vent seals & awning
rail. If they look to be neglected or have loads of silicone or other sealers around them. Remove the vents and reseal them using marine butyl tape.
8) Check inside all your hatches looking for signs of any water leaks
above. Again remove and reinstall the windows
using butyl tape if you see any signs of a possible leak.
9) Check the state of the weather seal around your door. Replace if necessary.
10) Do a serious flush out of the hot water tank. Replace the anode if it has one.
The first upgrade I would do if I routinely camp without power hook ups is replace all the light
bulbs with LED bulbs. You will not be sorry!
If your going to do a lot of camping in spots with no power pick yourself up a solar
system. Even a relatively small system such as what they sell at Canadian Tire is better than nothing. ;-)