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Inspecting The Trailer

Trailer Front

Air/Electrical Connections

  • Check that trailer air connectors are sealed and in good condition.
  • Make sure glad hands are locked in place, free of damage and oil/grease that can cause air leaks.
  • Make sure the trailer electrical plug is firmly seated and locked in place.

Header Board

  • If equipped, check the header board to see that it is secure, free of damage and strong enough to contain cargo.
  • If equipped, the canvas or tarp carrier must be mounted and fastened securely.
  • On enclosed trailers, check the front area for signs of damage, such as cracks, bulges or holes.

Side Of Trailer

Landing Gear

  • Check that the landing gear is fully raised, has no missing parts, crank handle is secure and the support frame is not damaged.
  • If power operated, check for air or hydraulic leaks.

Doors/Ties/Lifts

  • If equipped, check that doors are not damaged. Check that doors open, close and latch properly from the outside.
  • Check that ties, straps, chains and binders are secure.
  • If equipped with a cargo lift, look for leaking, damaged or missing parts, and explain how it should be checked for correct operation.
  • Lift should be fully retracted and latched securely.

Frame

  • Look for cracks, broken welds, holes or other damage to the frame, cross members, box and floor.

Tandem Release Arm/Locking Pins

  • If equipped, make sure the locking pins are locked in place and release arm is secured.

Please refer to previous parts of this section for detailed inspection procedures regarding the following components:

  • Wheels.
  • Suspension system.
  • Brakes.
  • Doors/ties/lift.
  • Splash guards.

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What should you check for when checking the landing gear on the trailer?

  • Check that the landing gear is fully raised
  • All of these are correct
  • Make sure there are no missing parts
  • Make sure the crank handle is secured and the support frame is not damaged
Check that the landing gear is fully raised, has no missing parts, crank handle is secure and the support frame is not damaged.
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When inspecting the air and electrical connections to the trailer, which of the following items does NOT need to be checked?

  • Check that trailer air connectors are sealed and in good condition.
  • Make sure the trailer electrical plug is firmly seated and locked in place.
  • Make sure glad hands are locked in place, free of damage and oil/grease that can cause air leaks.
  • Make sure the brake fluid lines are properly attached and not leaking

Air/Electrical Connections

  • Check that trailer air connectors are sealed and in good condition.
  • Make sure glad hands are locked in place, free of damage and oil/grease that can cause air leaks.
  • Make sure the trailer electrical plug is firmly seated and locked in place.
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