Winterize Before the Snow Flies

by TJ on October 27, 2009

Winterizing a Trailer

No matter what type of trailer you have, it’s important to keep it updated for the winter. Trailers that are not properly winterized are liable to receive damage and be unable to work properly. In addition, it may have a much shorter lifespan if you do not winterize.

Preparing your trailer for winter takes know-how and forethought. You’ll need to be sure to winterize before winter is already in full swing, or your efforts may do little good. First, you need to be sure that you’re using the proper type of fuel for winter, that you have tires that can stand up to the snow, and that you’ve taken your trailer for a routine check up to be sure that it does not have any problems that the cold weather may exacerbate.

After this, your process of winterization depends on the type of trailer that you have. For instance, if you have a horse van, you’ll need to take care to make sure liquids, such as the water reservoirs, are empty or insulated to prevent freezing. In RVs and other trailers with living quarters, you’ll need to take actions to make sure that the plumbing is cleared of water before winter sets in.

Other than liquids, you’ll need to make sure that the trailer stays warm enough during the winter. If you have a trailer with living quarters, this might mean running a heater. In many trailers, though, you need to be careful about running a heater, as certain types of heat can cause asphyxiation if you are running it while in the trailer.

Other steps to winterizing a trailer include covering the tires, taking steps to keep the battery in best condition, being sure to seal the vehicle from rodents, theft, and weather conditions if it will not be in use.

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