Use and Maintenance

use and maintenance

Maintaining your
galvanized steel N&N trailer

Your galvanized steel N&N trailer is designed to meet your expectations, and more. To ensure it offers you many years of service at work or at home, follow the guidelines below

Storage

Never leave your trailer in a humid environment without adequate ventilation during the first year (e.g. under snow).

Winterizing

• 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.

Maintaining

Wash your trailer with water and mild soap to eliminate anything that could contaminate the galvanized coating.

Appearance of white powder
on your galvanized trailer

If you notice deposits of white powder or a milky substance on your galvanized trailer, don’t worry! This can be easily brushed off using a CLR or vinegar type cleaner. However, because these cleaners are acidic, make sure you carefully rinse them off and carefully dry the affected area.

Damage to the galvanized coating

If you notice 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 instructions on the container.

Its worst enemy is acid

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.

Take full advantage of your N&N trailer
by following our recommendations for use

Our trailers have many features that contribute to their durability and safety. But to take full advantage of your trailer for as long as possible, we offer the following tips:

A proper trailer hitch should have a 2″ or 2 5/16″ ball. Fitting a 2″ coupler on a 1 7/8″ ball isn’t safe and can lead to sudden unhitching from the vehicle. It can also 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 cargo is secured and its weight adequately 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. This 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, making for uncomfortable driving and possible loss of control.

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.

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, causing a tire to explode, twisting the drawbar, or damaging the towing vehicle’s chassis or suspension.