The "hard To Find" And Infamous Trailer Snow Scraper

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G-Town's Comment
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For those of you new to this website and/or the trucking industry, this is what the "hard to find" and infamous Snow Scraper looks like:

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With a blade shaped like a V, this device will semi-automatically clear the trailer roof of accumulated snow. To clean the trailer roof, a driver positions the truck centered and lined up with the front 1/2 of the blade above the trailer. Accessible from the cab, there is a flat plate that is pushed, lowering the blade onto the roof. Drive out from underneath it at a low, steady speed,...and no more snow and ice. That particular day we had a layer of icepack over the snow requiring two passes; 1 for the attendant to chop through the top layer of ice, 2nd pass the blade was lowered, scraping the remaining snow and ice off the trailer. The attendant also operates the front-end loader (we call it the Tinker Toy) to clear the pile for the next truck in line.

This was taken last Saturday at 0700 before taking a 3 stop reefer run to Lancaster County PA.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
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Where can I find a frozen tarp de icer folder upper?

Old School's Comment
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CT, you won't have to look far and wide for one of those. All you have to do is stick your head far enough out the truck window so that you can see yourself in the mirror - you found one!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
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Lol good one OS, sure coulda used one this week.

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G-Town's Comment
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Where can I find a frozen tarp de icer folder upper?

Walmart sells them in the same aisle as their full line of smoke shifters and portable tent wrenches. Many colors and sizes to choose from.

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.

Booknut's Comment
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I think the truck scrapers are a great idea. I used one for the first time this winter. I had never seen one in operation before. I didn't know that they are either plugged in to a/c power or in the case of my company they use a generator to move the blade up and down. I thought it might have been a hand crank. (If you think landing gear takes a long time to crank...)

Don't assume the blade has returned to the top and is high enough to driver under. Ease up to it, get out and check the height or have someone help you. Pull up and lower the blade onto your roof. If its too high you won't clear off everything.

Another thing I didn't consider, you make a big mess. You need to clean up after yourself if a crew isn't there manning the operation. It certainly beats climbing up there with a broom or rake. I drove into Connecticut often and it gave me sense of comfort to be cleaned off thoroughly. I think CT was the first state to make it a chargeable offense to have ice and snow fly off your roof.

Vendingdude's Comment
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Where can I find a frozen tarp de icer folder upper?

Hmmm. That would be pretty cool. Tarp has wiring in it like an electric blanket. Plug in to light receptacle for ten minutes to soften it to facilitate removal. Feed into auto rollup device. Voila!!

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