General Care and Maintenance

Regular care & maintenance of your trailer is important in furthering safety and dependability. Keep good records of all service and maintenance performed on your Cricket.  These records may be necessary for limited warranty purposes or may assist in future repairs. Always refer to the manufacturers’ care and maintenance recommendations for installed appliances.

Exterior Finish your trailer’s exterior is made of painted aluminum composite panels, which are durable and easy to maintain.  Aluminum is lightweight and relatively soft, naturally showing wear over time.  Cosmetic marks are intrinsic to aluminum and do not constitute a fault in material or defect in workmanship.  Routine maintenance is the best way to minimize and guard against cosmetic changes due to weathering.  Wash the trailer exterior with a soft cloth, warm water and soap thoroughly, paying special attention to the graphics. Never use strong solvents or abrasives when cleaning.  Also, be aware that power buffers and high pressure washers may damage or totally remove the graphics.  See also the following summary of do’s and don’ts:

  • Do use soft cloths to clean
  • Do be careful around graphics, washing with the graphics, not against them.
  • Do not use products containing ammonia or caustic, harsh cleaning agents.
  • Do not use high-pressure washers, rotating brushes (i.e. in-car wash facilities), or power buffers.
  • Do not dry wipe surfaces
  • Do not use rubbing compounds.

Frame and Chassis  …. Over time, various weather and climate conditions may lead to corrosion your trailer frame and chassis. Be sure to rinse the trailer undercarriage, wheel wells, hitch and bumper of all dirt, oil, tar, salt and other debris periodically and as needed. Remember to routinely inspect for evidence of rust. Do so frequently when camping in or near coastal regions.

Hitch Couplers … Inspect hitch couplers before each trip. Clean and lubricate the ball socket and clamp monthly using wheel bearing grease. If hitch assembly and coupler appears damaged in any way, contact your dealer and resolve the problem before travel.

Safety Chains … Inspect safety chains before each trip. Replace them before travelling if they are damaged or compromised in any way.

JackInspect and test the jack before each trip.  Clean and lightly apply oil periodically and as needed.  If your jack needs repair or other service, see a qualified technician.

Tires and Wheels … inspect your trailer tires, checking air pressure regularly and before each trip.  Keep them inflated to recommended pressure, which is located on the tire sidewall.  Keep a  tire gauge in your tow vehicle or trailer.  Have the tires rotated by a qualified technician at least every 5,000 miles.

Brake Adjustment … have your trailer’s electric brakes adjusted after the first 200 miles.   Have them tested for brake drag every 3 months or 3000 miles, whichever is earlier. When adjusting brakes on any vehicle, either replace or adjust all brakes at the same time, or at least both brakes on the same axle.  Qualified service personnel should perform all required work on brakes.

SealantsInspect all sealants/seals (i.e. doors, windows, plumbing components, undercarriage) every ninety (90) days, when the seasons change, and before each trip.  During your inspection, look for cracks, voids, shrinkage, and any other sign of deterioration. Replace sealant where necessary, using the same type of sealant.   Contact your dealer or Taxa Inc. for suggestions concerning replacement sealants.

Tent Sides … you may clean your trailer tent sides periodically with warm soap and water and then dry.  The tent sides are made out of waterproof, flame retardant, breathable, Ultra-violet treated, high-performance material. While very durable, no fabric lasts forever. The best storage procedure, if the trailer is stored out of doors, is to park it under the cover of a roof, trailer, cover or tarp Keep your tent sides dry when possible to avoid prolonged exposure to mildew, which may damage them.  If you have mildew, use the following recipe:

  • Mix 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 gallon of hot water
  • Wash moldy/mildew areas of the tent with a sponge
  • Let dry

Be aware that wind, water, sun, pollution, debris and neglect may all degrade your tent side fabric over time.  Have the tent side repaired at the first sign of fraying or tearing.  Take care to protect the fabric from metal parts.

Ceiling, Interior Walls, Countertop and Table … clean with soap or other mild, non-abrasive cleaner, warm water, and a damp cloth. Do NOT use strong, harsh chemicals, and limit water/moisture exposure to ceiling and walls when cleaning.  Excessive moisture may damage ceiling and walls.   Be sure thoroughly dry ceiling and walls after cleaning.  Avoid using abrasive pads and scouring powders, which may dull surfaces and increase exposure to future staining.

Remember to use a chopping block or cutting board when using knives on the countertop. Pots and pans straight from the burner or oven should be placed on lined hot pads and not directly on the counter surface.

Faucets and Fixtures … use only a damp soft cloth or sponge to clean. Do not use abrasive cleaners or materials as they may damage the finish.

Fabric and Upholstery … V-Berth cushions are made of a fixed marine-grade vinyl.  Clean them with a damp cloth and mild soap or other cleaning product.   Be sure to dry thoroughly after cleaning.  Folding couch cushions are made of nylon which may be machine washed cold and air dried