My reefer got towed!

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by Silver Bear, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. Silver Bear

    Silver Bear Bobtail Member

    Nov 30, 2017
    Luckily there was no damage on the trailer.

    To be fair, I can't really blame my partner after getting all the facts. Turns out, about a week prior to this incident he dropped the trailer and took the truck to a mechanic. He went into the store at Morton's, asking to pay the $10 for the trailer drop and the kid working there told him not to worry about it. He said a few hours was no big deal and if it's left for more than a day, they usually just put the sticker on the trailer asking to come in and pay. If the trailer is left for more than a couple of days after that they would tow it.

    So this time, knowing this information, my partner didn't bother coming in and simply dropped the trailer as he was going to be gone less than a day. The trailer was unhooked at 9am and towed at 3pm. So pretty much Morton's ####ed us big time. They had a lot of screaming and yelling going on and the ####### manager that got 24 trailers towed simply vanished and left truck stop employees to deal with furious truck drivers.
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  2. bigguns

    bigguns Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2013
    Doesn’t that just suck. It cost you but at least you got your trailer back in one piece.
  3. BrandonCDLdriver

    BrandonCDLdriver Medium Load Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Lesson for the OP: If someone tells you its "ok" to not follow company rules, get their name. If you're going to fight it, it sounds far better to say that "Mr Richard Wilson told me that I could leave it for less than a day" than saying "one of your employees told me I could leave it for a day." Yes, he could deny ever having told you that, but if you have a name, it sounds far more believable because how would you know his name unless you talked to him?

    As a dispatcher, I was ALWAYS getting people's names who told me stuff, or told me that my driver needed to place our units (we rented port o lets) in a certain location. That way if someone else called to complain, we could give a name of who told us to place it there. This was a common problem when we rented units for construction sites. One guy would call and order it and tell us where to put it and someone else would call and ask why we put it there. With a hefty fee for relocation, they usually never bothered us again once we told them the name of the person who ordered it. They figured a way to move it themselves on site.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2018
  4. p608

    p608 Heavy Load Member

    Nov 10, 2016
    They hook it with chains to the holes in the kingpin plate, done correctly no damage.
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  5. jraulpilot1998

    jraulpilot1998 Light Load Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    Columbus Area, OHIO
    Inquire with the Company that Towed the Trailer about the Equipment they used to "relocate" your equipment. (Model and year)
  6. rabbiporkchop

    rabbiporkchop Road Train Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Wapwallopen, Pa
    I would like to see them tow it with this.
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  7. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

    May 7, 2011
    They don't need the kingpin to tow it. They'll hook to the plate itself with some hooks and just form a sling with the chains. Glad hand lock? Wrench pulls the entire glad hand and they put another one on. Done. They'll have your trailer hooked and rolling in a couple minutes...even with locks on everything. Remember, they don't roll in with a tractor to hook up like you would. The equipment they bring is the same truck that can tow wrecked even if the kingpin sheared off and the gladhands were broken, and the electricals were trashed, and it's laying on its side down in the ditch, they can still tow it. NOTHING you do is going to prevent it.
  8. Slowpoke KW

    Slowpoke KW Light Load Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    Like bulldog says
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  9. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Heavy Load Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    Same thing as trailer door locks. Anything more than a good, basic padlock is a complete waste of money. Any lock that cost more than 4.99 at K-mart will deter a casual thief.

    NOTHING you do will prevent a not-casual thief from getting into your trailer.
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  10. CheetahGirl

    CheetahGirl Bobtail Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    Yes I know exactly what you need to do.
    First, go to yard and look for signs that are at curbside entrances. Take pics.
    Second, find statute in the state that covers private towing from the premises.
    Third, find out if the local authorities were informed of the tow in a timely manner.
    Fourth, DON’T pay until you know your vehicle is not broken. Ask to hook up in the yard where it’s stored and then pay it.
    Fifth, fine your partner the fees and he should understand.
    Sixth, if the towing co is not licensed to tow from that county, you should not have to pay for it.
    Seventh, sign my petition please and let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

    Sign the Petition
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