Is This Bad For The Truck/trailer?

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Pianoman's Comment
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I recently started dropping all my air bags before I get unloaded (both truck and trailer) because it seems to make it a little easier for the forklift driver. Some of the forklift drivers at the stores I go to aren’t very experienced and tend to really struggle with the way the whole trailer moves up and down when they’re unloading me so it makes my unload time faster when I drop my bags.

Is it bad for the equipment in any way? I feel like this is a dumb question but I guess I’m in the mood to ask dumb questions today 😂

Andrey's Comment
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Maybe I am in the same mood too, but how do you empty your trailer airbags?

Bird-One's Comment
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I think it can depend sometimes on the customer you go to. Some places I deliver to ask me drop the airbags. Other places it causes to the trailer to actually go to low. So the dock plate is on a decline. Never thought about drop the tractor airbags. Either way I don’t think its bad for equipment.

Bird-One's Comment
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It’s usually on the driver side of the trailer in front of the tandems. Some of our trailers it looks like a mini call box you open it up and there is one release valve for the pins and the other to dump the air bag. Other trailers it’s a black switch. I’m by tankers currently otherwise I’d take a picture.

Maybe I am in the same mood too, but how do you empty your trailer airbags?

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I drop my ttractor air bags at pickups a lot that don't have a dock. That way I get a nice downhill when I have to move the pallet to the front of my trailer with my pallet jack. I let gravity do the work for me.

Pianoman's Comment
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Maybe I am in the same mood too, but how do you empty your trailer airbags?

On air suspension trailers just pull the red valve and it lets the air out of your airbags when it applies the trailer brake. And I also drop the tractor bags too with this switch (the one with the arrow pointing to the 5th wheel).

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Pianoman's Comment
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I think it can depend sometimes on the customer you go to. Some places I deliver to ask me drop the airbags. Other places it causes to the trailer to actually go to low. So the dock plate is on a decline. Never thought about drop the tractor airbags. Either way I don’t think its bad for equipment.

I do flatbed so I’ve been dropping both so the trailer isn’t tilted to the back. Not everything on these Home Depot and Lowes loads is palletized and if the trailer is tilted too much they can’t grab some of the bundles.

Yeah that makes sense, I remember I used to do that all the time for reefer so I don’t know why I thought it would be bad lol. I’m sure the tractor bags work the same as the trailer

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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