Finding The Down And Dirty Tips On Prolonging The Life Of Your Aging Dump Trailer

Your investment in a dump trailer, whether for personal or business use, is definitely not one that you will want to make more often than necessary. While these heavy-duty pieces of construction equipment usually have an incredibly long lifespan, eventually, your trailer will become so worn that it is no longer properly functioning. If your older dump trailer is starting to show some signs of wear and tear, it is time to start thinking about what you can do to keep it around for as long as possible. Here are a few easy tips to keep in mind which will help you prolong the life of your aging dump trailer. 

Keep the wheel bearings and other moveable parts well greased. 

If there is one thing that you should do to make your dump trailer last as long as possible, it is to make sure it gets a healthy dose of lubrication where it is needed. However, this is especially important with a dump trailer that already has seen several years of use. Take the time occasionally to lube up the wheel bearings and the lift under the dump bed. Friction of the moving parts without lubrication can easily contribute to faster deterioration of the trailer and its functional capacity. 

Consider painting the dump bed if it is starting to show signs of rust and corrosion. 

From dirt with a high acid level to fertilizers, there may be many things toted in your dump trailer's bed through the years, and a lot of these items contain ingredients which will cause corrosion. Not to mention, exposure to natural elements could easy break down the painted surface over time. If the bed of your dump trailer is starting to look pretty rough, it is a good idea to either paint it yourself or have it painted by a professional. This alone will help prevent corrosion and rust from spreading as quickly as usual.

Replace the door hinges on the dump bed. 

Because of their location and the fact that they are usually not cleaned regularly, the door hinges on the bed of a dump trailer are often the first components to go. You may have issues with the door opening properly during a dump of even see the door jam completely closed. Examine the hinges on the bed of the trailer and if they look worn, go ahead and replace them with new ones.