Spare Parts & Preventative Maintenance Recommendations for Expedition Trailers

Martyn

Supporting Sponsor, Overland Certified OC0018
#1
We have just posted a "Spare Parts & Preventative Maintenance" section on www.atreport.com

Although it is specifically for AT trailers there is a lot of crossover for all Expedition Trailers, and trailers in general.

I think we all tend to hitch up to our trailers and drive away, and then wonder why a bearing seizes twelve months later, the brakes stop working, or a tire falls off!

To access the page on AT Report go to http://www.atreport.com/shoptalk.html and scroll down until you come to SPARE PARTS & PREVENTATIVE MAINTAINANCE FOR EXPEDITION TRAILERS, click on the picture of the parts and it will take you to the full article.

Please let us know if you think something is missing or you want us to add something.
 

DaktariEd

2005, 2006 Tech Course Champion: Expedition Trophy
#2
Good reminders and helpful hints, Martyn. Thanks!

I also carry a spare break-away pull pin. It seemed like an item that could potentially be broken off or stolen by some prankster. Without it, the electric brakes engage, the battery may discharge, and unless you know how to disable it, you aren't going anywhere!

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Grim Reaper

Expedition Leader
#3
Good reminder for folks.

You just cant ride hard and put it up wet. 90% of all failures on anything on the road could be prevented by "General maintenance" being done when it needs to be. The one thing I disagree with on your list is this statement:

Prior to an expedition;
Wrong answer BOB! errrrr Martyn :D

The best time for the general service that you outlined in that section is immedatly after an expedition before putting it up.

At that point if you have water contamination in the bearings from the trip you are likely to catch it before the bearings are damaged saving you from having to buy new ones or getting into a more extensive repair if the spindle is damaged by corrosion from sitting wet for 3-4 weeks.

If you do find damage it give you the time to properly repair it instead of a last minute "Ohh it will get by" or a mad dash trying to find parts at the last minute.

That way you are just doing your "before each pull" routine when you hitch up and ready to go for the next adventure.
 

Martyn

Supporting Sponsor, Overland Certified OC0018
#4
"Wrong answer BOB! errrrr Martyn

The best time for the general service that you outlined in that section is immediately after an expedition before putting it up."

Yes I think you are correct in doing the maintenance after each expedition.

I was coming from the point of view that we all need to be doing more expeditions, so prior to an expedition becomes after and expedition.

Ideally expeditions are so close together they become continuous.
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