Always Pre-trip Your Trailer

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PackRat's Comment
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Great catch! I've never seen that many broken together before on the same wheel.

G-Town's Comment
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Hey Daniel, I was dispatched this morning with a load in one of Walmarts older trailers, circa 1997. Because of your find, my flashlight was laser focused on the leaf springs of the trailer. No issues, but since I have never seen a break like you photographed, I'll be hyper vigilant with the older wagons.

Again great catch!

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Hey Daniel, I was dispatched this morning with a load in one of Walmarts older trailers, circa 1997. Because of your find, my flashlight was laser focused on the leaf springs of the trailer. No issues, but since I have never seen a break like you photographed, I'll be hyper vigilant with the older wagons.

Again great catch!

Thank you

I am a tad more vigilant, now, too. I am currently attached to 31 series, and crawling around that skirt is a pain. It may fade somewhat, but I am still honeymooning, and every chance to crawl around the tractor and trailer is looked forward to. I want to create good habits now, that will last through the "ugh" phases.

It really makes me wonder, though, how long did that go unnoticed, or the amount of force it would take to break all 3 springs that cleanly.

G-Town's Comment
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Yes, the new reefers, 310XXX series are the first Wally reefers to have side skirts.

I was under a 301 series last week...about 10 years old. My personal favorite is the 302 series with Sam's Club graphics. Most of them have been stripped of all the branding.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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You are doing a great job at pre tripping! Remember the thread where you called me a know it all when the supposed driver of 20 years who worked at the same compamy for 8 yrs left the terminal with DOT violations because the company refused to repair it? (cracked windshield, tires, etc)

THIS is what we were talking about. You are finding violations and unsafe equipment and making sure they are repaired. That guy just invented something to bash his company over. There was no way that 1) any company would have let him leave the terminal to run unsafe and possibly hinder their own CSA score or worse, endanger lives. 2) any experiemced driver would roll out with unsafe equipment. They just wouldnt do it. When he listed things, it made it even more evident he should never have left. For example, the windshield was cracked. DONT move with a line of sight crack. Safelite auto.glass will come to you and fix it. so everything else he listed did not matter at all. One violation is enough to park it. the crazy thing about that post was that he not only knew things were wromg, but he left the terminal with them wrong.

so if you saw this at the terminal, would you have driven it out? i already know you wouldnt....so GReAT JOB!

Im so glad you are seeing first hand how to spot things. It says you are already a much safer driver than many on the road. Keep it up.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Rainy reminds me....

Remember the thread where you called me a know it all when the supposed driver of 20 years who worked at the same compamy for 8 yrs left the terminal with DOT violations because the company refused to repair it? (cracked windshield, tires, etc)

embarrassed.gifsorry.gif

This humble pie really doesn't taste so bad, once I sprinkle a little experience on it. I definitely see things in a more practical light, then I did before. And I apologize again. Please don't send me to the dungeon.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Dan67's Comment
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Glad you found it and got it reported to be repaired. So many drivers just get lazy and don't look. I find bad stuff all the time and report it for repair or tag it OOS. On a dedicated retail account where there is allot of drop and hook you really have to be through. I am on anywhere from 3 to 5 trailers per day.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Rainy reminds me....

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Remember the thread where you called me a know it all when the supposed driver of 20 years who worked at the same compamy for 8 yrs left the terminal with DOT violations because the company refused to repair it? (cracked windshield, tires, etc)

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embarrassed.gifsorry.gif

This humble pie really doesn't taste so bad, once I sprinkle a little experience on it. I definitely see things in a more practical light, then I did before. And I apologize again. Please don't send me to the dungeon.

i didn't mean to throw it in your face, but to point out the difference between a bad driver....him...and a responsible safe driver...YOU!!!! Im.proud of you. ;)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Rainy reminds me....

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Remember the thread where you called me a know it all when the supposed driver of 20 years who worked at the same compamy for 8 yrs left the terminal with DOT violations because the company refused to repair it? (cracked windshield, tires, etc)

double-quotes-end.png

double-quotes-end.png

embarrassed.gifsorry.gif

This humble pie really doesn't taste so bad, once I sprinkle a little experience on it. I definitely see things in a more practical light, then I did before. And I apologize again. Please don't send me to the dungeon.

double-quotes-end.png

i didn't mean to throw it in your face, but to point out the difference between a bad driver....him...and a responsible safe driver...YOU!!!! Im.proud of you. ;)

thank-you.gif It's all good I had some big misconceptions. Sometimes it is good to see where I was, and where I am now. I still have a lot to learn, just like I did, then.

BTW, I really hate driving in New Jersey. shocked.png

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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And you always will hate jersey lpl

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