Pretrip-Around the Trailer

Pretrip-Around the Trailer

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Welcome back today we continue the Pretrip series with the trailer. And its probably going to be a quick episode this week.
But first some self serving banter. We have a Patreon page if you would like to support me with the podcasts and upcoming ebook/podcast. Its at
I’ve decided to end NTROradio and no longer podcast about music. It was a hard decision for me to make because its what got me into podcasting and I really do love music. But my life just seems to get more and more busier every day.So in order to free up some time and make my life easier I decided to end that era of my podcasting career. What made choose the music? The download numbers and the amount of production. TruckinNutz is getting more than twice the downloads than NTROradio is currently. And it’s not so much the amount of production for NTROradio as it is the pre production that I have to do for it. Reviewing music, contacting artists, etc. It really needs to be done by someone with a lot of time available or an assistant.
Diet update. I’m still holding at 226 this week. I’m going to incorporate some exercise starting this week. I’m going to commit to walking during my 30 minute break and start implementng some sit ups, push ups and some minor strength training with exercise bands.
Now as a wise knight of podcasting says, lets get into the meat of the matter.

Main Topic
Pretriping the trailer is just as important as your truck. Probably even more so if you are constantly doing drop and hooks. Since each trailer is unfamiliar to you dont seem to gain a sense of comfortableness with it. As with trucks they all seem to have their quirks that are different from each other.

Start on the drivers side of the trailer.
Check the landing gear and braces for cracks or damaged welds.
If a reefer check the fuel tank for any leaks or damage. Check the reefer unit itself. Remember this is a diesel engine and should be pretriped the same as the trucks engine. Check oil, water, belts hoses, etc.
Look at the underside of the trailer floor. Are all the cross members in good condition? None broken? Check the lights on the bottom and top of the trailer. Turn signals.
At the tandem do it just like on the truck. Tires condition and air pressure? Loose or missing lug nuts? Brake chamber intact? No hissing air leaks? Brake pads good condition? Plenty of pad thickness? Mudflaps missing? Bent or broken brackets? Rocker arm and hanger. Shocks and air bags.The tandems slide rail. Bars engaged? Locking bar handle. Bent or broken. Air lines look good and secure. Are they at least 18 inches off the ground? Slack adjuster look good. S cam good? The DOT bumper good?
The lights on top and bottom of back of trailer? Turn signals? Brake lights? License plate? License plate light? The DOT reflective tape?
If the trailer is NOT sealed. Open the doors. Do they operate correctly? Hinges intact and not damaged? If the trailer is empty check the inside. Are the walls intact? No light shine through in floor walls or ceiling?
If the trailer is loaded. Is the load secured with load bars and/or straps?
Now do the passenger side just like the drivers side but start at the rear of the trailer and go to the front.

Next week we get to jump in the truck and fire it up. Believe it or not there are quite a few things to pretrip inside the truck before you start driving. Not only do you need to know how to read the gauges but you have things to check in the sleeper and passenger compartment as well. Dont forget to subscribe to us on itunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher. You can reach me at unklebonehead2017@gmailcom and Till then keep it between the ditches and the sunny side up.

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