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The galvanised coating on every Mudgway Trailer is made up of 99.5% zinc and works in the same way as an anode attached to your motor. It means the galvanised coating is sacrificial to the steel it protects. This coating will slowly deteriorate in the presence of an electrolyte such as saltwater.

This is the reason why the galvanising will ‘dull off’ after a short period of time. It’s doing its job of protecting the steel chassis and components. If left unwashed, the zinc coating will eventually disappear.

Caring for Galvanizing

To prevent premature corrosion to your Mudgway Trailer it’s best to wash it with a solution of warm water and detergent – brushed or sponged on.

The inside of the chassis and cross-members can be cleaned out by inserting a hose into the drain holes.

If at all possible, one of the best ways to protect your Mudgway Trailer is to immerse it in fresh water (river or lake) after use in saltwater.

Wheel Bearings

As wheel bearings are a very important part of your trailer maintenance, they should be checked at least twice a year. This can be done by jacking up the trailer and spinning the wheels – checking for noise, vibration and excessive endplay.

Remove bearing caps or -buddies to check the condition of the grease for water contamination or overheating. Always use a good quality wheel bearing grease. Do not use water soluble grease. This can make all the difference. Should you find water, replace hub seals and/or wheel bearing caps. If you’re using bearing buddies keep them pumped up with grease. If they’re not serviced frequently, they’ll allow water in. Do not over-pressurise, this may cause seal damage.

Couplings and Safety Chain

Couplings and safety chains are vital for safe trailer operation. When fitted to your vehicle, coupling play should be checked. It’s also important to ensure the correct size ball-and-coupling combination has been used.

Regularly check securing bolts for rust; make sure they’re tight. These bolts must be high-tensile. The chain should not be welded but bolted to the trailer with a high-tensile bolt – this should be sufficient to hold the boat and trailer if it breaks away.