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Wheel Bearing Maintenance

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Essential Wheel Bearing Maintenance for All Types of Trailers

Did you know that wheel bearing failure is a leading cause of incidents for all types of trailers? Wheel bearings are critical components that are both cost-effective and straightforward to maintain, which is essential for the longevity and safety of your trailer.

Regular servicing and replacement of wheel bearings by your nearest Stonegate Trailers provider, as per our recommended service intervals, is highly advised. However, it’s also vital to conduct your own checks in between professional inspections.

Here are some easy steps for a basic wheel bearing examination:

  1. Securely position and lift one side of your trailer so that the wheels can rotate freely.
  2. Manually spin the wheel at a consistent speed and then let it coast. Listen for any abnormal sounds such as grinding, clicking, or rumbling. These noises might indicate that the bearings need professional servicing or replacement.
  3. Hold the wheel at its extremities and gently rock it without rotating. Any noticeable play might suggest that your bearings require adjustment or replacement. Contact your Stonegate Trailers dealer or arrange for a bearing check-up.
  4. Remove the grease cap or bearing buddy to inspect the grease condition. If you observe contamination or rust, it’s time to get in touch with your dealer for a bearing service.
  5. Grease appearing on the inside of the rims is a significant indicator that the seals might need replacement.

Remember, proper maintenance of wheel bearings is key to ensuring the safe and smooth operation of any trailer.

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What is galvanising

By Useful Information

Here we explain in detail what “galvanising” really means, why it’s important and how to best care for it

Think of galvanising as a superhero coating for steel, protecting it from corrosion. It sounds simple, but there’s a bit of magic in it. This protective layer is made of softer metals (mainly zinc), and the team needed a metal that would corrode so that the steel underneath didn’t have to corrode. This special coating is applied in galvanising plants using an exotic process called electroplating.

It’s all about appearance

The galvanised finish is truly a chameleon! They may look different depending on several factors, such as how long they were left in the zinc bath or the temperature used. Some finishes are shiny, some are dull, and sometimes the surface can even appear wavy due to the hot galvanising process. But hey, it’s all good! Our formula ensures you get a tough finish, embracing these variations as part of its unique character.

Corrosion – not as scary as it sounds

Galvanic corrosion may sound like a complicated term, but it’s very simple. This occurs when dissimilar metals come together and have a conductor around them. It’s like an electronic party where one of the metals eventually wears out. A common example is the sacrificial anode in an outboard – it’s the life of the party and corrodes away to save the rest of the engine.

Invisible shield for your trailer

The trailer’s zinc plating acts like its own sacrificial anode. When exposed to moisture, whether from rain or ocean waves, it slowly dissolves, protecting your steel frame. Depending on where you take your trailer, this suit can last for a short time or a long time.

Tips for keeping your trailer happy

Here are some tips for making your trailer last longer: Keep your trailer clean, store it in a cool, ventilated area, and touch up any scratches with anti-corrosion paint. Show your trailer some love regularly and it will pay you back for years to come.

Embrace change

As your trailer ages, its surface will change, and this is completely normal. This is just a sign that the coating is doing its job. Parts rusty? Replace them early to prevent rust.

What not to do

Steer clear of acidic cleaners or harsh chemicals – they are no friend to your trailer’s galvanised surface.

Expect the best

We’re very proud of our trailers and we think you’ll love them too. Take good care of your trailer and it will become your reliable road companion for a long time to come.

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Exciting News! Our Tucana Teardrop Camper Graces the Cover of “On The Road Spring 2023 Issue”

By Campers

We’re thrilled to share that our beloved teardrop camper, “Tucana,” has been showcased on the cover of the prestigious “On The Road Spring 2023 Issue” magazine!

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our dedicated team and, most importantly, our wonderful customers for making this possible. Your support and enthusiasm continue to inspire us on this incredible journey.

Only the finest make it to the cover!

2023 Let’s Go QLD Caravan & Camping Supershow

By Campers

The Let’s Go QLD Caravan & Camping Supershow 2023 is one of the biggest events for outdoor enthusiasts in Queensland. It’s the perfect place to discover the latest gear and accessories for caravanning, camping, and outdoor activities. You’ll find everything from RVs and caravans to tents and camping gear, as well as plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family.

At our site number #930, we’ll be showcasing our Tucana Teardrop Campers with our exclusive show special – a free solar panel, battery, and monitor upgrade. This upgrade is the perfect way to take your outdoor adventures to the next level, whether you’re planning a weekend camping trip or a longer road trip in your caravan.

So why not come and join us at the Let’s Go QLD Caravan & Camping Supershow 2023? It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, discover new products and ideas, and have some fun in the great outdoors. We can’t wait to see you there!

Date: 6-11 June 2023
Location: Brisbane Showgrounds
Our Site No: #930

How to hook up a trailer?

By Campers, Trailers

Hooking up a trailer can be done by following these steps:

1. Position the vehicle and trailer: Park your vehicle close to the trailer and make sure that it is level. Make sure that both the vehicle and trailer are on a solid and level surface.

2. Connect the safety chains: Cross the safety chains under the coupler, then attach the hooks to the vehicle’s hitch. This will help prevent the trailer from separating from the vehicle in the event of a hitch failure.

3. Connect the electrical wiring: Connect the trailer’s wiring harness to the vehicle’s wiring system. This will allow the vehicle’s lighting system to control the trailer’s lights.

4. Couple the trailer: Lower the trailer coupler over the ball of the hitch. Check that the coupler is fully seated on the ball and secure the trailer by tightening the locking mechanism.

5. Check the connection and fold up the jockey wheel: Make sure that the connection is secure by gently pulling on the trailer and checking that the coupler does not come loose from the hitch ball.

6. Check the lights: Turn on the vehicle’s lighting system and check that all of the trailer’s lights are functioning properly.

7. Adjust the load: Make sure that the load on the trailer is properly balanced and distribute the weight evenly.

It’s important to always check the weight capacity of both the hitch and the trailer, and to not exceed the recommended weight limits. Additionally, it’s important to practice safe towing techniques and to obey all traffic laws when driving with a trailer.

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