Trailers that you can hitch to the back of your truck seem small enough to just leave in your driveway. But they can take up a lot of space once you don’t need to use it every day, and storing it outside can be rough on the parts. If you’re about to hit a lull on needing your trailer, pack it away in covered storage. Here’s why:
1. Even treated wood can start to warp and turn brittle.
Many trailers have a wooden base. The boards can handle a lot of pressure and can even withstand the elements. But once the trailer stays sitting out, you might not notice the slow decay along the edges or any splits in the wood. Once you start leaving your trailer out in the sun all day, it can take on damage you don’t notice.
2. Metal will start to corrode or lose its protective coating.
Metal is also vulnerable to damage when it’s stationary. Just like cars, they’re meant to be used so you can regularly check in on the parts. Water can start to pool in the corners, the wiring might be chewed up by mice if you cover the trailer with a tarp, and corrosion can ruin the frame before you know it.
3. Lightweight trailers can blow away.
Newer trailers are getting lighter and lighter, and that’s great for fuel efficiency. But it also means your trailer needs to be completely tied down during tornado season and when the wind picks up in the fall. Even then, those no guarantee that it won’t pull free or damage the vehicle next to it.
Long-term exposure to the elements isn’t good for vehicles and trailers, especially if you can’t check on them every week. Move them to covered storage instead, so you don’t have to worry about the weather. Contact us at Party Barn Self Storage to find the right unit.