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Jm's Comment
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Unfortunately you know this entire conversation is going to be deleted, right? I mean, you've been here long enough to know you don't just go on and on and on lambasting a company.

I am appreciative that this post did not get deleted because I learned that: 1) trailers can be incredibly broken down to the point of having severly rusted doors, and it is my responsibility to reject the trailer for not passing a pre-trip inspection 2) I need to be sweet as pie with office staff or they will dry up my miles

So, thank you OP, moderators, and members for educating me.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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Unfortunately you know this entire conversation is going to be deleted, right? I mean, you've been here long enough to know you don't just go on and on and on lambasting a company.

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I am appreciative that this post did not get deleted because I learned that: 1) trailers can be incredibly broken down to the point of having severly rusted doors, and it is my responsibility to reject the trailer for not passing a pre-trip inspection 2) I need to be sweet as pie with office staff or they will dry up my miles

So, thank you OP, moderators, and members for educating me.

Jm...indeed the trailer being in good working order needs to be checked and if moved by the driver becomes their responsibility at that point. The OP, had he actually discovered the alleged deplorable condition of his trailer during a pre-trip that may or may-not have happened, should never attempted to move the trailer. I am highly skeptical if that was actually the case (as the OP had a history of story telling). A likely scenario? He failed to ensure the open doors were properly secured to the sides of the trailer. Even with that in mind, his eyes should have been looking in each mirror as he either eased backward or forward and should have been able to prevent the swinging door from self-inflicted damage. Brett aptly pointed this out in one of his replies.

Sweet talking the office staff? Mmmm I think (know for a fact) they appreciate professional and respectful interaction. Out and out a**-kissing, they'll see right through that and may actually become leery of that behavior. Be genuine and they should respect you over time. No one in the office staff wants to "dry up your miles". They are paid to keep you moving.

Good luck as you continue down the path of "trucking discovery"...

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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