TRAILER SERVICING, REPAIR, & TYRES
It is vitally important to keep your trailer serviced and maintained for your safety, the safety of other road users and the safety of your load. The police and VOSA are currently cracking down on unsafe trailers, and issues such as damaged and dysfunctional lights, a faulty braking system and poor tyres can lead to fixed penalty points being enforced on the driver. We offer trailer servicing, repairs and tyres from our base in Clevedon, North Somerset - also convenient for Portishead, Somerset, Bridgwater and Bristol.
Henry Kent Trailers carry out servicing work on any trailer that can be towed by your car or 4x4. Examples of the type of trailer that we can service include horse trailers, livestock trailers, plant and flatbed trailers, Ifor Williams Trailers and box van trailers. We can also undertake servicing on the running gear and external electrics on caravans, though we do not undertake any work on the interior electrics, water, and gas system.
WORKS INCLUDED IN A TRAILER SERVICE
A standard trailer service costs just £95 +VAT plus the cost of any parts required. A service includes removing the hubs and stripping the brakes, which will then be cleaned and reassembled or replaced if necessary. The hubs and bearings are then reassembled and the brakes adjusted. The suspension system will also be checked along with the hitch coupling, tyres, wheel bearings, floor and side panels (where applicable). The trailer lights will also be checked and repairs carried out to remedy any faults as necessary. We will always endeavour to keep the customer informed of any major cost before the work is carried out, so as to avoid any surprise bills! This is for all makes and models of trailer including Ifor Williams trailers.
TRAILER REPAIR WORKS
Repair work is normally charged at an hourly rate of £25/ hour + VAT, examples of the type of repair work carried out include replacing side panels on Ifor Williams Horseboxes, Replacement floors, and other modification or repair work.
TRAILER TYRE CHANGING
In addition to the servicing, we can also offer competitive rates on the supply and fitting of many types of trailer tyre including Ifor Williams. It is recommended that tyres should be changed every five years and should not be used after seven years. As trailers often have a low annual mileage it is rare that the tread will wear out, more commonly the tyres will deteriorate as they age due to exposure to sunlight, atmosphere, and from being parked for longer periods, these factors can all lead to an increased risk of failure.
To know when a tyre was manufactured look for a series of characters that begin DOT. Usually at the end of this series is a four digit number. If you have a three digit number the tyre was manufactured before 2000. Tyres manufactured since 2000 will have a four digit code, the first two digits indicate the week, and the last two indicate the year. The top image to the right shows an example of a tyre with the code 1817, this tyre would have been manufactured in week 18 of 2017.
In addition to the tyre pressure, it is important to check your tyres regularly for cuts, bulges and cracking as tyres suffering from this kind of deterioration or damage must be changed immediately. We always check for any of these signs when undertaking servicing work on your trailer.
Please Contact Us if you would like a quotation for replacement tyres, please have your tyre size to hand, this will usually read something like 165r13.
Servicing the braking system.
Replacing a side panel on an Ifor Williams Horse Trailer
The image above shows how to identify the tyres age.
This shows excessive perishing on a tyre that was 14 years old before it was changed!