5 Tips on Office Trailer Maintenance for New Users
If you are using an office trailer for a construction site, this guide can help keep it in shape. Here are tips on office trailer maintenance for new users.
Are you and your company having a few issues with your current office trailers at the construction site? Are you in the market for a new one but wondering how you can extend their lifespan? If so, then you need to learn about office trailer maintenance.
Doing so can help ensure that your office trailer lasts as long as possible. It can also ensure that you never go over budget in the amount you pay for upkeep.
See below for several tips and tricks you can use to extend the life of your office trailers and get the most out of each one.
1. Buy from a Reputable Source
To ensure the durability of your office trailer, you need to purchase it or rent it from a reputable trailer seller. Someone that takes pride in the trailers that they sell and wants to help you find the right fit for your needs.
There are different things to look for in a trailer such as the size, the slope of the roof, the material they’re made of, and the quality.
Make sure to take a look at the trailer in-person. Don’t ever purchase one without seeing the spec trailer you’re buying. Even if it’s from a quality seller, there could’ve been some hiccups when the trailer was manufactured.
Take the time to look for any cracks or openings in the trailer. If you spot any, point them out and ask to see another model. Do not purchase trailers with cracks in them. If you do, you’ll be dealing with water damage and essentially be wasting your money.
2. Keep Eyes on the Tire Pressure
Seeing as how the office trailers need to move from place to place, it’s important that you both monitor and maintain their tire pressure often. Doing so can help you avoid costly repair on the job site.
Make sure to take the time once every month or so to check the tires and make sure they’re as pumped up as can be. While you’re inspecting, be sure to monitor the pressure of your spare tires as well, just in case of an emergency.
Also, inspect the tires to make sure their tread isn’t balding and ensure there aren’t any objects stuck in it or any cracks that could compromise the tire pressure long-term. As soon as you spot one, call an expert repair service to help you out.
3. Create a Trailer Maintenance Budget
Make no mistake about it, there will be months that you are spending a healthy amount of money on office trailer repairs. It’s just part of the wear and tear, like any portable product.
However, there will also be time periods in which you could go months without spending any money on it.
That’s why it’s important to create a “trailer maintenance” section for your monthly budget. Be sure to assign a certain amount towards repairs each month.
Any money that you don’t spend on repairs that month goes directly into a savings account that’s specifically for future repairs.
For example, say you budget for $500 in monthly maintenance. You go through the first month without having to spend a single penny on repairs. Instead of applying that $500 elsewhere, you need to put it into a repair savings account.
The next month, you end up having to spend $750 on repairs. You can apply the $500 from that month’s budget and add $250 from last month’s savings. Even after those repairs, you still have $250 left in savings, ready to be used at any time!
This is why it’s important to create a trailer maintenance budget as soon as you initially buy the office trailers. You can be storing up an emergency fund for if (or when) the maintenance costs start to snowball.
4. Conduct Regular Trailer Inspections
If an office trailer starts to have severe issues, it can shut down the entire site for a day or two (if not longer). Needless to say, you can’t afford to have that happen.
For that reason, it’s important to be preventative with your maintenance needs. Take the time every month to inspect every trailer in your fleet. That means on one job site, as well as all the other job sites your company is working on (if applicable).
Doing so will help you eradicate some costly expenses. For example, if you find a crack during your monthly inspection, you can have it repaired before it causes water damage and mold growth. Forcing you to either fix the trailer or purchase an entirely new one.
5. Check the HVAC System
The HVAC system is most likely the most overlooked aspect of an office trailer. If it does its job correctly, you’ll barely notice it at all.
However, you can’t afford for the HVAC system to fail in the middle of a brutally-hot summer or a blistering-cold winter. Those aren’t ideal conditions for front office staff.
Have your system checked by an HVAC service one every few months. Replace the air filter at the beginning of each month. Keep the thermometer at a reasonable temperature so you aren’t forcing it to work twice as hard.
Prioritize Office Trailer Maintenance to Extend Its Life
Now that you have seen several tips and tricks to use for planning your office trailer maintenance, be sure to use them wisely.
Be sure to read this article on what to look for in construction trailers when you’re either looking to buy or rent them for your job site.
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