Trailer Airline Securement

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Bill M.'s Comment
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Question: is it legal to use a bungee with "s" hooks to secure your trailer airlines so that they suspend the required 17" above the road surface? The springs are in place but the lines sag below 17".

Thanks in advance.

PJ's Comment
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Yes it is. Mine have been that way for 4 years and cleared 3 inspections. Most important is they are not touching the catwalk.

PackRat's Comment
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Yes it is. Mine have been that way for 4 years and cleared 3 inspections. Most important is they are not touching the catwalk.

I think he's talking about near the tandems.

On this trailer, how many springs are there now? Should be at least two, Bill.

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".

Bill M.'s Comment
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There are 2 springs. But, still hanging too low.

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Yes it is. Mine have been that way for 4 years and cleared 3 inspections. Most important is they are not touching the catwalk.

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I think he's talking about near the tandems.

On this trailer, how many springs are there now? Should be at least two, Bill.

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".

Bill M.'s Comment
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That's good to know also. Thanks for your feedback.

Yes it is. Mine have been that way for 4 years and cleared 3 inspections. Most important is they are not touching the catwalk.

PackRat's Comment
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If these are really low down, down near a foot or less from the road surface with th he tandems set at a normal spacing, I would report it to your company maintenance team. The anchor points up on the trailer frame could be in the wrong location, causing too much droop, even with perfectly good springs. I keep a couple spare springs with me.

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".

Bill M.'s Comment
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They're at normal, around 40'. Anchor points in frames are fine. Lines look like they had a third attachment point added, two are in use. Lines are at 16" from road surface.

If these are really low down, down near a foot or less from the road surface with th he tandems set at a normal spacing, I would report it to your company maintenance team. The anchor points up on the trailer frame could be in the wrong location, causing too much droop, even with perfectly good springs. I keep a couple spare springs with me.

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".

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Question: is it legal to use a bungee with "s" hooks to secure your trailer airlines so that they suspend the required 17" above the road surface? The springs are in place but the lines sag below 17".

Thanks in advance.

Yes it is. Mine have been that way for 4 years and cleared 3 inspections. Most important is they are not touching the catwalk.

I (we) were exactly thinking along the lines of what PJ thought.

We got ya now, Pack nailed it. Tom just got home and i 'refreshed' my driverman's coffers of thought, as well, haha!

Sure would be (or would have been?) great to see pix, of said conundrum, though!

Matters not; Glad you got this worked out.

Best wishes forward, for sure!

~ Anne & Tom ~

David W.'s Comment
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It’s completely legal. Holds-it 22 inch bungees are the best quality but you can also get the cheap ones from lowes or Home Depot. You can never have too many bungee cords or wire ties

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