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Buying or Just Bought a Trailer? 5 Tips for the New Owner

Just bought a new trailer? Planning to buy soon? We know that feeling! Getting a new (or used) trailer on the road for the first time is exciting. But that thrilling, new-trailer smell is no excuse to overlook the basics. 

5 Tips for New Trailer Owners

  • IT’S NICE TO HAVE A SPARE! Tire, that is. On the day of your trailer purchase, you can get 20% off the cost of a spare and mount, and we will mount it on your trailer for free.
  • In Ohio, trailers must have license plates. To get yours, take your Certificate of Origin to a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to get your plates. (You do not need to go to the Title Bureau.)
  • Know your trailer’s load capacity and stay under the limit. Exceeding load capacity is one of the quickest ways to damage your trailer’s axles.
  • Always check to be sure your lights are working properly and that the battery to your breakaway cable is charged.
  • Plan to repack your bearings in the next 12-14 months. Don’t want to do it yourself? We can do it for you; call or stop in to schedule.

A trailer is an investment. We share these tips to help you get the most out of it. As with any vehicle, safe operation of your trailer is paramount. If you’re new to hauling (or are adding a new driver to your business) you might want to review this list of safety tips from some of our vendors and other towing and trailer experts: 5 Must-Reads on Safe Towing

JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsPeople who depend on their trailers depend on JTI. Since 1935, we’ve been Cleveland’s Trailer & Hitch experts. So, yeah, we get really excited about new trailers! We also take pride in keeping trailers on the road, working safely as long as possible, to maximize their owners’ investment. Need trailer repair, service work, parts, or something else? Call or stop by to see why our customers have stuck with us for 80 years.   www.JTIinc.com   440.232.4311

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How to Protect Your Trailer Tires from Dry Rot

Tire Dry Rot

Dry rot? Yuck! And it’s not just ugly; it’s expensive.

How to Protect Your Trailer Tires and Avoid Dry Rot

Dry Rot Trailer TireTires, generally speaking, will only last for about 6 years (under ideal conditions). So, even (or especially) if you’re not using your trailer often, your tires won’t last indefinitely.

What causes dry rot? Sunlight is the main culprit. Protecting your tires from the sun is the most important thing you can do to avoid tire dry rot. Some tips to keep you rolling safely:

  • Apply liquid protectorate (like Murphy’s Oil Soap or Armor All) according to directions. BUT, understand these liquids are like SPF for your tires – they only protect from the sun for a short time.
  • Use canvas wheel covers! They are cheap (and effective) insurance.  We sell several sizes and styles for $18 – $23.
  • Reposition the trailer at least once a month, so as to rotate the tires.
  • If the trailer is going to sit for longer than a month, jack it up to so pressure isn’t constant on just one spot the tires.

Can Tire Dry Rot be Repaired?

In a word, no. Once dry rot has obviously set in, that tire  – and therefore your trailer’s load – is riding on borrowed time. If the area with dry rot is very small, and the cracks aren’t deep, you may be able to get a few more miles out of it by keeping the tire well-lubricated with a product like Armor All, but any dry rot spells doom for your tire, and can be a significant risk on the road.

What Does Tire Dry Rot Look Like?

Learn more by watching a short informative video, or find out what Popular Mechanics says about knowing when it’s time to replace your trailer tires.


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Got questions about your trailer’s condition or maintenance? We’re here to help. Request a service appointment or stop in to see us. We’re just off I-271 at the Forbes/Broadway exit in Oakwood Village, Ohio.