Week 8: It's Spring!!!

And Its Spring!!!

Well we made it!!!   Its spring and the good Lord and the weatherman didn’t let us down … Sunshine and warmer snow melting temps, life is good. The one topic I wanted to bring up in preparation for spring, and probably the most forgotten is your trailer. This is where your trusty stead rides, and for your safety, their safety and the safety of others lets spend a little time this morning going over your trailer. I held off doing a blog on trailers, not because it’s a hot controversial subject…Mine is just buried in snow!

We probably all saw the picture floating around Facebook of that gooseneck that broke in half, full of horses. That could have been any of us, lets be honest who has inspected all the welds on their trailer? And if you did and found a bad weld what would you do? I’m guessing you are like the other 99.9 percent of all trailer owners. You think to yourself it will make it there and back … And that’s the last time you think about it.  Winter is hard on trailers buried under snow, everything in and on that unit is froze. Wire connections get damp and corroded. Bearing grease deteriorates and the material in the rubber compound of your tires breaks down, the wood in your floor just gets weaker. I know the days are getting longer but this year I want all of you to actually inspect your lights. Make sure they are all working. This may require you to spend a couple of bucks and buy a new light. Check the wiring, replace all that wire with cracked or bare and exposed wire showing. If you are having to pull some new wire, this is a great time to add some lights to ease in saddling or unsaddling in the dark. If that’s not in the budget or your skill set, don’t forget we carry 2 different options of Nebo lights that work great for your tack room! Maybe add a camera in the trailer to keep an eye on the stock. Tires: don’t be cheap in this area… buy the right size and ply rating, don’t skimp and use a set of old snow tires just because they are laying around, left over from the old pickup you no longer own. When we get to the running gear if you are not comfortable in packing bearings, doing brakes etc it may be a good time to seek out a professional.  The life of a trailer is a funny thing… It sits in hibernation all winter under a deep blanket of snow. Then one day it hits the road loaded heavy, and running hard all summer. But a break down away from home is a big dollar headache.

Take this short window of time before the trails melt out and dry up and get things in shape…One more thing that’s always fun to try is ride in your horse trailer while your trusted friend drives, check out where the wind blows in and all the rattles and swinging trailer ties your horses and mules have to deal with…There may be a reason they don’t like to ride in some trailers, just a thought…

See you on the trail!

Andy

PS- For the record, it's officially the first day of spring according to officials. However, we celebrate the 1st day of spring on the 21st in our house, which was the official first day of spring for years. Happy Birthday to Judy tomorrow on the Breland first day of spring!



Comment on this post (2 comments)

  • John says...

    One other thing, most trailer tires are only rated for 62 mph, also trailer tires have extra belting in the sidewalls to help prevent trailer sway. There are a couple tire manufacturers that offer a higher speed rating for trailer tires and only one is U.S. made, (Goodyear endurance) I’m not a tire salesman just a guy who wants to drive 65 mph with my horse trailer and not have to worry about blowouts. I like and enjoy your posts Andy and I hope you continue with them. I just thought I would comment on the trailer tire speed rating because most people I talk to about it have no idea. Thanks for the good reads and I hope to see you on the trail soon.

    : John.

    March 20, 2019

  • Rhonda Gregory says...

    Thank you for addressing this often-overlooked topic! As a veterinarian, I have seen some hideous injuries to animals caused by poorly-maintained trailers, and the really sad thing about all of them is that they were preventable. Good work, Andy!

    March 20, 2019

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