Best Maintenance Practices for Forward Camper Trailers

If you're one of the lucky Australians who own a camper trailer, then you know the joys and freedom of hitting the open road.

But like any other piece of machinery, your camper trailer needs regular maintenance to keep it in good condition and running smoothly.

In this blog post, we'll outline some of the best maintenance practices for keeping your forward camper trailer in top shape.

1. Check the tyres regularly

The tyres on your camper trailer are critical for safety and performance. Make sure to check the tread depth and air pressure regularly, and replace the tyres if they show signs of wear.

To check them, you need:

  • A tread depth gauge
  • A digital tyre pressure gauge
  • A tyre pressure chart specific to your camper trailer's make and model

2. Clean and lubricate the brakes

The brakes on your camper trailer are another crucial safety component. Be sure to clean them regularly with brake cleaner, and lubricate them with silicone.

Brakes are typically located inside the wheel hubs, so you'll need to remove the wheels to access them.

3. Inspect the suspension

The suspension on your camper trailer plays a vital role in comfort and safety. Suspensions for off-road camper trailers are typically much heavier duty than those on passenger vehicles.

Inspect the suspension components regularly for signs of wear, and replace them if necessary. Every few months, check for any signs of wear or damage and make sure all the bolts are tightened to the correct torque.

4. Check the bearings

The bearings on your camper trailer wheels need to be checked and greased periodically. The frequency will depend on how often you use your camper trailer, but as a general rule of thumb, it's a good idea to check them every 6 months.

To check the bearings, remove the wheels and look for any signs of wear or damage. If the bearings look damaged, replace them. If they're in good condition, clean them with solvent and repack them with fresh grease.

5. Inspect the electrical system

The electrical system on your camper trailer is responsible for powering all the lights and appliances. Inspect it regularly for any signs of damage, and replace any damaged parts.

Check the connections at least once a year, and clean them if necessary. Make sure to use dielectric grease on all the connections to prevent corrosion.

6. Check the plumbing system

The plumbing system on your camper trailer includes both fresh water and grey water lines. Inspect the lines regularly for any leaks or damage, and repair or replace them as necessary.

If you notice any leaks, make sure to check all the fittings and connections for tightness. It's also a good idea to flush the lines periodically with a bleach solution to prevent bacteria build-up.

7. Clean and wax the exterior

The exterior of your camper trailer is exposed to the elements, so it's important to keep it clean and well-maintained. Wash it regularly with soap and water, and apply a coat of wax every few months.

Be sure to pay special attention to the roof, as it's susceptible to leaks. Inspect it regularly for any signs of damage, and repair or replace it as necessary.

8. Store it properly

When you're not using your camper trailer, it's important to store it properly to prevent weather damage. If possible, store it in a garage or shed. If not, cover it with a tarp or other waterproof cover.

It's also a good idea to disconnect the battery and any propane tanks to prevent leaks. Finally, make sure the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure to prevent flat spots.

By following these best maintenance practices, you can be sure that your forward camper trailer will be in good condition for many years to come.

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