Preventative maintenance and care is the key to keep your float looking like new.
By following the basic checks listed below you can keep your float looking great and in good running order and ensure you meet our warranty conditions.
- Wheel Nuts – It is VERY IMPORTANT with your new float that after the first 2 hours of use that the wheel nuts be checked for tightness. Also once you travel with a horse for the first time it is important to check the wheel nuts again for tightness. After this regular checking is recommended to ensure everything is tight and thus ensuring the safety of your horse on the road.
- 12 Volt Power – If your float is fitted with a kitchen area then this is powered from Pin 2 on your trailer plug unless you purchased the Auxiliary Battery pack for your new float in which case the pack will be charged by an Anderson connection on the front of your float.
- Tyre Pressure – Our recommended tyre pressure for your new horse float is 45psi
- JOCKEY WHEELS – Please note the jockey wheel is NOT for moving your float around on. It is purely to lift the float up and down off your vehicle. Trying to move the float on the jockey wheel will result in permanent damage to your jockey wheel which will not be covered by warranty. Also be sure not to over extend the jockey wheel when attaching to your vehicle.
- Rubber Flooring – The floor and walls in the horse area of your float is protected by rubber. It is important that this be kept well maintained. Once a month check for signs of wear or any damage to the sealed edges of the floor. If your horse damages the walls or floor these must be attended to immediately. If you see any wear or gaps in the sealed edges these must be resealed immediately. Failure to do so could result in water getting into your floor causing damage which will not be covered by warranty.
- Keep your float clean inside – Horse urine and manure must be cleaned out after every use and not left in the float for extended periods of time. All walls and surfaces should be kept in good clean order.
- Outside Care – Your new float has an automotive style paint finish which it is important to maintain. Keep the float clean on the outside and for longevity try and wax the float once every two months with a good quality Canubra wax such as Maquires.
- Storage of Float – The Australian climate is very hard on all new vehicles and floats. High UV is the main cause of this. To keep your float looking like new the best thing is to store the float undercover. If this is not possible then a float cover is the next best option to keeping your float in good order.
- Kitchen Door Latches – All our cupboard doors have adjustable door hinges and adjustable latches. Periodically check the latches for lubrication and if a little stiff a little Lithium spray grease will rectify this.
- External Latches – All our recessed external door handles are adjustable. Should you find they need tightening or loosening there are nuts either side of the latch you can use to adjust it in or out. You will need a 17mm spanner to do this but it is a very simple and easy job to do.
- Windows and Tie Up rings – It is important to check your float for any water leaks that may appear due to movement of the float and normal wear and tear. If a water leak is found it is important to rectify this straight away to avoid any damage to the paintwork or structure of your float.
- Bearings – Servicing of your bearings is an important part of maintaining your new horse float. Lubrication is an important factor in bearing maintenance. Maintaining your bearings involves having a licensed mechanic or service person periodically removing, cleaning, inspecting and greasing the bearings. We recommend that bearing maintenance be completed every 6 months or every 3 months if traveling long distances and over severe conditions. Failure to observe these recommendations may result in bearing failure and warranty claims being denied.
- Electric Brakes and Drums – The electric brake and drum maintenance should be carried out in conjunction with the bearing maintenance. Brake pads need to be checked for wear and adjustment may be required. Again this should be carried out by a licensed mechanic or service person.
- Suspension – Your float is equipped with roller rocker suspension which is designed to give your horse a comfortable ride. The suspension incorporates 4 rollers that must be checked at least once a year. If these rollers become worn or damaged they must be replaced. The suspension on your new horse float or trailer also has greaseable pins that the rollers run on. There are 3 pins on each side that need to be maintained. This should be done at the same time that you are having your horse float or trailer serviced. All U bolts should be checked and tightened if required.
Failure to maintain and service your horse float following the recommendations outlined above may result in damage to critical components of your horse float or trailer and may result in warranty claims being denied