It can be really frustrating to plan a vacation in your trailer only to find that, when you are miles from home, your trailer needs repair. Before you start tripping out on trailer repair costs, you can prevent these unforeseen vacation expenses. Here is a list of things you should check before you even pull out of your driveway or take your trailer out of storage.
Signs of Invading Pests
When your trailer sits unused for several months, animal and bug pests consider it fair game for a new home. Always open your trailer up and look around inside. Check for signs of chewed materials, animal droppings, signs of nesting, etc. You can have your trailer professionally cleaned and cleared of pests, which would also reveal to you where and how the pests are getting into your trailer. Once you know how they are getting in, you can have an auto service seal off openings in the underside and sides of your trailer.
An automotive technician who specializes in trailer repair can look for leaks in your trailer's water line, propane lines, and propane tank. He or she can also check the axles and wheels for loss of lubricant and air. Just request a ten-point inspection on your trailer before you leave and then you know that everything is as it should be.
Electrical and Plumbing Problems
You will want a mechanic or general contractor to check out the electrical and plumbing situation in your trailer too. You should be able to flush the trailer toilet, take a shower and use all of the electrical amenities. Additionally, you will want the trailer's hitch and signal connections checked so you are not pulled over by the police and ticketed while on vacation or lose your trailer going over hilly country. A mechanic or contractor can check all of the wiring and plumbing for you before you go on vacation.
Holes and Dents
Holes and dents in the body of your trailer can turn into more serious problems, especially if you have not had a mechanic look underneath the siding of your trailer to see if there is more damage than meets the eye. Although you do not have to repair a dent in the side of your trailer (as it is purely cosmetic), you will want to repair any holes to prevent rain and wildlife from getting into it. If there is more damage underneath the dents and holes, you will want the mechanic to fix this too before you head out of town.