Always Pre-trip Your Trailer

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∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I found this as I was doing my pre trip of the trailer, after hooking up to it. I don't know how another driver could have missed this. Or if it happened when being loaded, because of age / cold. All 3 springs are clean broken through. Tape or something blocks the top spring.

I have had the weirdest "luck" with things being broken. But oh well. Now I wait for a new trailer to be reloaded.

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G-Town's Comment
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That's a really good catch Daniel.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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That's a really good catch Daniel.

Thanks. Two of the tires were at 70/80 psi, too. It is past the gate time, now. Will they give me new eta's? I hope they fix the load map, too, this one is crazy, lol.

John M.'s Comment
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I know that feeling, I was due home yesterday and I hooked up to my home load to find the breakshoes warn down to just above dot limits and my tire on the tandems had. A nice 5 inch hole in the tread, then I sat waiting 5 hours cause the shop that Michelin sent out forgot about my companies call then get to the TA for the breaks and companies all hey while your there replace your steers, get an oil change I made it home 5 am this morning lol

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

G-Town's Comment
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That's a really good catch Daniel.

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Thanks. Two of the tires were at 70/80 psi, too. It is past the gate time, now. Will they give me new eta's? I hope they fix the load map, too, this one is crazy, lol.

Don't worry about your ETA. Walmart has a delivery window at the stores. Besides the problem is with their trailer. Check with you DM.

Load map? I assume it's a reefer load? Consolidated loads usually are mixed...could have three different store pallets in the same zone. You'll need to pay close attention to what comes off and what goes back on.

Good luck.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Deke's Comment
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Thx for posting that pic Daniel.

Pianoman's Comment
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Good catch! I thought I was the only one who squatted under the trailer and checked that stuff. I can only think of one other time I saw someone properly pretrip a trailer.

And serious kudos on checking tire pressure as well instead of just using a hammer. Keep up the good pretrips man. Proud to share the road with you.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Good catch! I thought I was the only one who squatted under the trailer and checked that stuff. I can only think of one other time I saw someone properly pretrip a trailer.

And serious kudos on checking tire pressure as well instead of just using a hammer. Keep up the good pretrips man. Proud to share the road with you.

I still use a rubber mallet, too. I like the way it sounds, lol. But yes, I check the air pressure too. My first week of training, made me very particular about thoroughly pre tripping the trailer.

Thx for posting that pic Daniel.

You are most welcome. I never thought that I would see a broken leaf spring. One of those "it will never happen to me" type scenarios. Well, it happened to me, haha.

Side note : delivering to Walmart on black Thursday is a freekin nightmare! But it was kinda fun, too.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great catch man. Wow, I'm pretty certain I've never seen that before. I've seen single springs cracked, but I've never seen all three split in half like that. I don't even want to think about what caused that or how long it had been driven like that.

Big Scott's Comment
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Great catch and thanks for the pic. I picked up a loaded trailer the other day, that the brakes didn't grab on. Thankfully there was a Love's with a shop down the street. The breaks were very out of adjustment. They work great now.

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