Horseboxes Maintenance Advice
How To Maintain a Horsebox
Wednesday 21 April 2010
Horseboxes, like all vehicles, need maintenance and repairs to ensure that they work efficiently and are above all, safe. Horseboxes are quite large and there are a lot of things that may need to be carried out on a horsebox that can’t be done at home, there are however plenty of horsebox parts that can be replaced and maintained by the owner. Read on to find out more about maintaining horseboxes.
• Horseboxes, like cars, need general maintenance and some of it is very simple, meaning that you can do it at home. Make sure that you periodically check the oil, firstly to make sure the levels are correct and secondly to ensure that it is still in good condition (especially on older horseboxes). The manufacturer will be able to tell you how often the oil needs to be changed.
• Check that the water, coolant and brake fluid levels are always correct to ensure that the engine doesn’t overheat and the brakes work at their best. General horsebox maintenance such as making sure the washer bottle is full and checking tyre pressures is very simple and should be done regularly.
• Horsebox parts such as oil filters and air filters will need changing over time and depending on the size of the horsebox, this may be a job that can be done by the home mechanic. Other small horsebox parts such as wiper blades, fuses and the battery(s) may also need replacing and these are very simple to do.
• You should check the tyres to ensure that they are legal and are in good condition, if not, have them replaced. Those with small horseboxes, such as those the size of commercial vans, should be able change wheels themselves very simply but larger horseboxes may require a professional company to so.
• Large horseboxes are more or less trucks so they will either require the manufacturer or specialist truck companies to carry out large maintenance and replace any horsebox parts such as brake discs/pads or exhaust systems.
• You should remember that horsebox maintenance will increase in price along with the size of the horseboxes in question and even simple maintenance jobs and horsebox parts could run up bills of hundreds if not thousands of pounds on the largest horseboxes.
• If you are driving horseboxes quite frequently you should be able to notice any potential problems before they get too bad and require expensive repairs. Always try and obtain replacement horsebox parts and have them fitted as soon as the need arises.
• It is also very important to maintain the horse’s area of horseboxes as the experience of travelling needs to be made as easy and stress free as possible for them. Make sure you regularly clean out a horsebox and ensure that the stalls, the floors and anything else is in tip top condition.