One thing’s certain, a prime mover is not much good without a trailer. So, if your trailer is out of action, you’re not delivering the goods and that’s not good for you, your reputation or your business bottom line. So, let’s look at the most common faults and how you can plan to avoid them.
Regular checks save time and money
Trailers are hard-working pieces of equipment. They carry heavy loads over bumpy roads almost every day of their working life. Common sense tells us that nothing lasts forever, and as a wise man once said, prevention is always better than a cure. Driver’s spend hours a day in the truck and know them better than anyone. A daily walk around check should be part of the routine. They should look for:
- Pneumatic elements such as brake valves, air hoses which are essential for safety.
- Electrics such as the lights, globes, socket, waterproof casings. Including brake lights, tail light and any led trailer lights.
- Tyres – overloading, failing to distribute the weight evenly and running with incorrect tyre pressure and poor rotation practices can cause structural damage. Check for tread depth, wear, fretting or bald spots.
- Test rolling gear and suspension: cushion suspension, suspension valves.
- Check brake functionality with EBS Diagnostics, note any juddering or squealing.
- Tyre flaps, wheel fixings, trailer coupling and body work require daily checks for damage.
- Check liftgates, rolling doors and curtains to ensure they’re operating correctly.
- Compliance and number plates – are they fitted securely, clean and readable?
It’s good practice to ask drivers to keep written records of their daily checks. The records should be lodged with the fleet coordinator or office regularly. The record should include the vehicle registration particulars, the date, the details of the defects or symptoms and the reporter’s name. This information informs when to schedule maintenance.
Trailer management program
The management of trailers is an essential aspect of every Fleet Management Program. While modern technology helps a lot by gathering data, it’s not something you can’t set and forget, because the safety of the operator and other road users is at stake.
Regular maintenance will extend the life of your trailer and ultimately provides a better return on your investment. Plus, regularly scheduled maintenance will reduce the likelihood of unexpected trailer breakdown significantly.
Trailer repair management service
World Diesel has been keeping WA’s trucks and trailers on the move since 2004. We’ve become the trusted partner to everyone from owner operators to large companies with big fleets. We’ve built our reputation on providing an excellent, no fuss service. Our experienced trailer specialists can repair almost any structural or mechanical issue, including things like chassis, brakes, suspension and cooling systems on your trailer. We also provide advice on how to manage trailer as part of your overall vehicle maintenance program and to keep things simple, we even offer local pickup and delivery service and our 24/7 emergency call out service means you’ll never be stranded.