Making Trailer Cleanout Station

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by VIDEODROME, Aug 3, 2021.


    VIDEODROME Road Train Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    Mobile, AL
    My company terminal regularly gets dusty trailers from a customer and has decided to just roll with it and start cleaning them. Asked me if I had an ideas since I used to do road driving but I'm doing Yard Jockey and local Shuttle for them now. I did used to carry a leaf blower for dust in a previous job.

    So.... manager guy got the strongest battery power leaf blower in the store lol and that's what we have so far. I have to take the trailer to a spot to blow it and this costs me time from doing other things.

    I'm wondering if it's possible to do this on the dock but somehow contain or capture the mess? I was thinking the Leaf Blower kicks it up and use a strong Shop Vac with a large hood on the end of the hose might be able to catch a lot of the dust.

    Just wondered if anyone has seen a local place create an effective trailer clean out station or saw ideas I haven't thought of.
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  3. Team818

    Team818 Medium Load Member

    May 5, 2019
    Your boss will probably end up having to hire a person for that task completely if the trailers are that dirty. Get a gas powered blower for him too, and a dumpster, you drop trailer, he/she blows it out, you spot trl at open dock door, repeat, maybe? When he is not busy, parking lot broom and put all the refuse, broken pallets, what have you in the dumpster. Otherwise I guess try your vac idea and tell us how that works okay?

    Sounds like a nice place to work though. Good for you.
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  4. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    The leaf blower method always bugged me because guys would just blow them out onto the ground and drive away, leaving a pile of dirt, nails, splinters from broken pallets, etc.

    I was at a Georgia Pacific plant once that had a pretty slick clean out station. It was basically a dummy dock that you backed up to, then they had a grated floor with a dumpster down below the “dock” that you swept everything into. That would work great with a blower as well.
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  5. Redtwin

    Redtwin Road Train Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    PBC, FL
    Look into leaf vacuum setups. That would work for dust but probably struggle with chunks of pallets and nails.
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  6. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    Years ago I picked up a load of flour in Great Falls MT and my trailer wasn't clean enough for them. So I pull around back and they had 2 cleaning stations you backed the trailer up to. Basically a concrete loading dock with a dumpster on the other side you could just sweep the debris into. I have to admit, it was a great setup.
  7. CargoWahgo

    CargoWahgo Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Louisville, Kentucky
    That'll teach you to volunteer to do more work!

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  8. Mototom

    Mototom Road Train Member

    May 7, 2019
    Large construction shop vac just suck up the mess directly. If you set up a hood it’ll get all the fine dust but don’t count on it catching all of it.
    Use em when refinishing hardwood floors/grinding off thinset
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  9. Lyle H

    Lyle H Heavy Load Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    I use a broom to sweep the big stuff into a garbage can and then use my leaf blower for the fine dust.
    Nothing but a little dust ends up on the ground.
  10. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    Sweep it and then use a billy goat gas powered vacuum ?
    Or if the dust is an issue you could hose it out with water .
  11. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    great idea but will never work. A truckie driver must sweep out his nails and wood pieces on the travel area of the shipper or receiver. this is a must. gets others the chance to drive threw it. if needed. just sweep out alll the trash out of the back in the truck stop.
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