Want To Know Why There Are Bad Trailers Out There?

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Keith A.'s Comment
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I've found over the last year that it doesn't really hit the pocketbook that hard to get trailers taken in and looked at. It hits it yes but not enough to warrant neglecting them, unless you get unlucky with four trailers and four flat tires in a row but... whacha gonna do? It also can win you brownie points with your employer, since it makes you look diligent and thorough.

Like Old School said though you need to learn to map this onto the companies preferences. Like tonight I had a tire with a nail in it, slow air leak so I just made my stop for the night at the nearest Love's with a shop, called it in to breakdown and it was taken care of no questions asked.

PackRat's Comment
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My point exactly, Keith.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I recently hooked to an empty trailer and then entered the trailer number in my tablet computer. it came back with a warning that the previous driver had flagged that trailer with a tire damage report. I had already done my trailer inspection, but I walked back there and saw that the wheel in question had both a new wheel and a good tire. So, it had been fixed but not entered into the system yet. I owed a thank you to that previous driver for having that problem taken care of or it would have fallen on me. Good example of responsible behavior.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I've found over the last year that it doesn't really hit the pocketbook that hard to get trailers taken in and looked at. It hits it yes but not enough to warrant neglecting them, unless you get unlucky with four trailers and four flat tires in a row but... whacha gonna do? It also can win you brownie points with your employer, since it makes you look diligent and thorough.

Like Old School said though you need to learn to map this onto the companies preferences. Like tonight I had a tire with a nail in it, slow air leak so I just made my stop for the night at the nearest Love's with a shop, called it in to breakdown and it was taken care of no questions asked.

Our step decks seem to be abused the most the strobe or marker lights don't work, or the stake pockets are mangled. Never had a problem with bad tires..... Yet.

I have put 6 trailers OOS , so far. I never knew that we had so many drop lots scattered around. I don't just remove the marker light, until I get it fixed. A DOT officer can nail you just as easily for a missing one, as they can for a broken one.

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.

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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Our step decks seem to be abused the most the strobe or marker lights don't work, or the stake pockets are mangled. Never had a problem with bad tires..... Yet.

I have put 6 trailers OOS , so far. I never knew that we had so many drop lots scattered around. I don't just remove the marker light, until I get it fixed. A DOT officer can nail you just as easily for a missing one, as they can for a broken one.

I also carry a spare parts box, full of extra lights, fuses, and other items. I carry spare air lines and connectors, and a spare pigtail. Anything that I can fix myself, I do. And I get reimbursed for whatever I replace.

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.

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.

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