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It is important that the exterior and interior of your float is kept clean and free of moss, mould, mildew, algae and other foreign bodies that can permanently damage the silicones and sealants if left for too long. Pollen deposits are also an issue especially during Spring so care should be taken to wash this off. We recommend washing your float every 4-6 months to keep your float looking good and to maintain its value. Use a large bucket of warm soapy water and a soft bristle indoor broom, hand brush and hose for rinsing. Please use a soft cloth on the windows as bristles will scratch the acrylic. And don’t forget the roof every once and a while as environmental contaminants such as bird poo don’t do the fibreglass any favours!
It’s not a good idea to waterblast your float. If silicones and sealants are damaged water (including urine!) can penetrate into the walls and floor. It is very important that all siliconed and sealed areas (interior and exterior) are checked and maintained. Please check that your silicones (clear) and sealants (black and white) are intact and free of damage/cracks. So don't be complacent! If you notice damage to the seals and you are happy to DIY, we can send you advice on the right products to use or you can easily purchase sealant from us for $35 (including GST and freight). Alternatively, you can book your horse float in with us for a comprehensive service.
If possible, park your float on a dry surface which will minimize dampness or even better: under cover! If you must leave your float outdoors try to avoid damp areas.
Use the wheel chocks where possible as leaving your handbrake on when parked may result in the brake shoes sticking and causing a wheel to lock. If a wheel is locked then taking the wheel off and gently hitting the drum with a hammer usually unsticks the shoes.
It is generally a good idea to leave your float sloping slightly backwards so that any moisture (after washing it out) can exit at the rear. Also, the rear canvas flap should be kept down to minimise water entering the back of the float while it’s raining and to prevent birds nesting in your float. The vent in the canvas flap can be left open as well as the windows to help with ventilation.
Regularly check your tyre pressures to ensure they are between 45-48psi (including your spare!). Also check your tread wear and rotate your wheels from back to front if necessary. Check also the wear across the tyre as the greatest wear may occur on the inside, particularly with the WCF (coil sprung) suspension. In this instance, it is possible to have the tyres removed and flipped on the rim.
Please ensure that the brakes (2 nipples) and jockey wheel (1 nipple) are greased and oiled at least every 6 months (see page 5 of the handbook). Many brake problems are as a result of poor maintenance! If you don’t have a grease gun then your local garage will do this for you as part of your 6-month service.
Horse floats have a moderate number of moving parts and components that wear. Brakes, wheel bearings, lights, wiring and various fittings are all in need of regular maintenance to ensure that they work correctly. Please regularly check your handbook to ensure your float is correctly maintained. We carry a lot of spare parts in stock so please ensure that genuine spare parts are used when required, for example, wheel bearings, brake components, tyres, etc…
Safe travels and have fun with your wonderful four-legged friends!