use and maintenance
galvanized steel N&N trailer
Your galvanized steel N&N trailer will be your partner at work and at play for many years, if you follow a few rules for maintenance.
Take full advantage of your N&N trailer
by following our recommendations for use
Here are a few tips to prolong your trailer’s life, and to keep the galvanized coating in good shape.
A proper trailer hitch should have a 2″ or 2 5/16″ ball. A 2″ coupler on a 1 7/8″ ball isn’t safe. It may come unhitched from the vehicle and you may lose your trailer, which could cause a serious accident.
- Make sure chains are secure and installed in a cross pattern;
- Check lights, brakes and turn signals;
- Check tire pressure and wear;
- Make sure hubs are greased and hubcaps are secured;
- Make sure your load is secure and its weight properly distributed
Load distribution is important. It ensures greater safety and reduces the possibility of damaging your trailer. Too much weight at the front of the trailer will increase stress on the hitch and towing vehicle, which can cause damage to both vehicle and trailer.
Too much weight at the back of the trailer can cause it to sway back and forth, which may make for uncomfortable driving, and a possible loss of vehicle control.
Overloading is one of the main causes of trailer damage. Make sure you stay within the trailer’s recommended capacity to avoid bending the axles, twisting the drawbar, causing a tire to explode, or damaging the vehicle’s chassis or suspension.
The trailer’s front and back should be as much as possible at the same height when you hitch it up to the towing vehicle. In this way, your trailer’s suspension will be able to do a better job.
In winter, make sure you rinse off all salt residue. If kept outside, regularly remove snow to prevent moisture build-up and damage to the fenders from accumulated weight
Never leave your trailer in a humid environment without adequate ventilation during the first year (e.g. under snow).
Wash your trailer with water and mild soap to eliminate anything that could contaminate the galvanized coating.
Don’t worry! This can be easily brushed off using a CLR or vinegar type cleaner on the affected areas. However, because these cleaners are acidic, make sure you carefully rinse them off and carefully dry the affected area.
Bought a new trailer?
Protect that galvanized steel shine
Want to protect your trailer’s galvanized steel shine? Galva Protect is the ultimate product for maintaining a flawless finish. Easy to apply and providing long-lasting protection, this innovative product is made for you.
Galvanization’s worst enemy
Zinc is effective at a pH between 4 and 13. Anything outside this range must be rinsed off and the trailer dried to preserve the properties of the zinc. Corrosive cleaners should never be used, as they might reduce the zinc’s ability to combat rust.
How should rust be dealt with?
Have you noticed any damage to your trailer’s galvanized coating and the appearance of iron rust? Grind down the affected area to the steel with a metal brush and apply two coats of zinc-rich paint. Make sure you follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions carefully.