Maintenance

Trailers

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May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailer Maintenance Tips

It’s difficult to find a damaged rear impact guard because owners and drivers know they must be fixed before going on the road. Surface rust and dirt shouldn’t result in a citation, but deeper corrosion and bends might. Every trailer builder’s guard is different, so parts from individual manufacturers must be used in repairs.

By Tom Berg and Jim Park

It’s been 14 years since repairing any trailer’s “ICC bumper” was a simple matter of cutting off the damaged section and welding on a straight piece of angle iron. Most trailers built since Jan. 26, 1998, have been equipped with more complex required rear impact guards that are not only stronger but are designed to absorb shock from a collision.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Fifth Wheels, Stoughton Trailers, ICC Bumpers, Rear Impact Guards

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tending Liftgate Batteries

By Tom Berg

Bruce Purkey knows where the electrons go. And, as president of Purkey’s Fleet Electric and his many activities in the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations, he’s well aware that some of them flow to batteries that support the electric-over-hydraulic systems for liftgates on trucks and trailers. Usually there are two and as many as four Group 31 batteries, like the ones on a truck or tractor.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Waltco, Maxon, Idle Reduction, Batteries, Con-Way, Purkey's Fleet Electric, Trail Charger, Sure Power Industries

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improving Your Trailer Appearance

Fontaine Renew can completely refurbish a standard flatbed trailer in about two and a half days on average.

By Kate Harlow

Tips for vinyl signage and images, plus refurbishing trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Mac Trailer, Vinyl Graphics, Refurbished trailers, VSP, Schneider Graphics, Fontaine Renew, Conway Manufacturing

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors

A sensor-switch in the door header can be tricked with a magnet, telling a reefer’s electronic controls the doors are closed and allowing the unit to run. So K&J managers use tracking to determine what the rig’s really doing.

By Tom Berg

Common sense suggests that if a trailer’s doors are open, its refrigeration unit ought to be shut down. But many customers disagree, thinking the products will be better protected if cooled air continues to circulate as freight is being unloaded.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Carrier Transicold, Blue Tree Systems, Once Around the Yard, K&J Trucking

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Pintle Hook Inspection Procedures

By SAF-Holland

SAF-Holland shares some tips for inspecting a rigid-mount, air cushioned pintle hook, primarily used for double and triple trailer configurations using converter dollies, as well as straight trucks such as dumps that pull rigid tongue equipment trailers.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Pintle hook, Tech Tip

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Two Things You Should Know About Trailer Lighting and Wiring

This LED lamp’s lens spreads light across 180 degrees of view, and its four diodes ensure sufficient candlepower throughout that wide angle to meet or exceed the federal regulations. The lamp is therefore “PC rated,” with the C meaning Combination clearance and sidemarker, and it can be mounted on the trailer’s side, though within 6 inches of its nose. (P, for Parking, is from an old industry classification that has been retained.)

By Tom Berg

Over the years, electrical failures have been the number one problem with trailers. Lighting problems have been reduced by the wider adoption of LED lighting. However, even LEDs, along with the rest of the electrical system, are subject to corrosion, which remains a major headache.

Tags: FMCSA, Trailers, LED Lighting, NHTSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Who Balances Trailer Wheels?

(Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park

Nobody balances trailer wheels, but oddly, they are the wheels on a truck most likely in need of balancing. With a few ounces of balancing material, those tires might easily run tens of thousands more miles before final removal.

Tags: Trailers, Tires

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Landing Gear Lubrication Procedures

By SAF-Holland

Periodically adding grease to your landing gear should be part of your preventive maintenance program and should be done every six months or more often, if required.

Tags: Trailers, SAF-Holland, Landing Gear

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips for Maintaining Trailer Floors

By Kate Harlow

When it comes to maintaining your dry van hardwood or composite trailer floor, fleet maintenance managers should follow the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.

Tags: Maintenance, Hyundai, Trailers, Utility, Havco, Great Dane, Stoughton, Flooring, Rockland Flooring

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

One of the most common reasons for an officer to pull a driver over is for a faulty light. Below are some basic guidelines on how to troubleshoot some of the problems that may arise with a trailer lighting system

Tags: Trailers, CSA, Lighting, Safety, compliance

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Improves CSA Score With Trailer Readiness Program

Trained technicians are sent to inspect and record any issues with tire pressures, tread depth, trailer lights, wheel seals, air valves, air lines on the trailer's suspension and braking system, and even reflective tape and mudflaps.

With just two full-time facilities to handle maintenance on a fleet of more than 2,700 trailers scattered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, conducting regular trailer inspections can be a daunting task for Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Vehicle Maintenance Violations

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Vehicle maintenance violations are a huge threat to a carrier's safety record. There are close to 200 separate violations on FMCSA's list of point-carrying infractions, and many carry ratings of 5 points or higher

Tags: Trailers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Automated Pre-Tripping of Trailers Could Help Fleets with CSA

Instead of a traditional look-and-touch routine, a driver’s pre-trip inspection would be faster and better if key components had sensors wired to transponders that would broadcast their status.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There always have been a lot of reasons for drivers to do effective pre- and post-trip inspections on trailers and power units. Starting in 2010, we've had another: Compliance, Safety, Accountability better known as CSA

Tags: Trailers

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Long-Life Trailer Specs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Everything has a life span, but some of the things we make die sooner than they used to. For trailers, shortened lives usually can be blamed on corrosio

Tags: Trailers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC reefer task force: Timely trailer repairs important

It's not enough to write the correct specs for trailer insulation values when you order. Proper maintenance and repairs are vital. The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA has a task force on preserving reefer insulation values

Tags: Trailers

April 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Controlling Corrosion

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What deteriorates on trailers? Almost everything that's not specially built or treated to resist the ravages of road salts, flying grime and everyday weather elements

Tags: Trailers

April 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ceramic Roof Coating Saves Fuel for Food-Hauling Fleet

Super Therm can be sprayed over large areas or rolled onto smaller surfaces. Coating needn't be cleaned to stay effective and lasts more than 20 years. (Photo by Curt Lundberg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Sunshine brings warmth and happiness, but to refrigerated trailers it brings only heat, and too much of it

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Maintenance: Little Things Mean A Lot

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Trailers these days get a little more respect than they used to. They're designed to last longer with less maintenance. Newer, more damaging de-icers have driven the development of new coatings and other solutions to corrosion problems

Tags: Trailers

June 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tie-Downs Need Proper Storage and Use

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

When drivers are tying down a flatbed load, they may be tempted to use equipment that's worn or torn or broken, so they can get going and earn some money

Tags: Trailers

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