Pretrip your trailer!!

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  1. aaronpeterbilt3787

    aaronpeterbilt3787 Medium Load Member

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    Thought I’d share this, for all you newbies or just plain complacent and lazy steering wheel holders. Do your pretrip. This is from a trailer that a city guy took to get loaded and dropped in yard which I hooked to. The sight glasses on the hubcaps were so dirty I could tell nobody had checked them in a month or better. And look what I found! 9E6642F6-1909-4B1E-9E4D-5577E8737024.jpeg 6F0DAAA7-E657-4C87-A2DE-0E68B015534F.jpeg
     
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  3. McCauley

    McCauley Medium Load Member

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    You looked in the secretive lense and it gifted you a metal octopus!?!?
     
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  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    When the class of new drivers was asked what problem they see in the image, most said the left shoe had mud on it and needed to be wiped off before the person gets back into the cab so not to dirty the shag carpeting. The others who didn't answer were silent because they were trying to figure out what the round thing was.
     
  5. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Heavy Load Member

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    Yikes. Lotta drivers were lucky they didn't need to stop in a real hurry pulling that one
     
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  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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  7. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    he @Dave_in_AZ was being funny...(he knew the problem)

    i would have asked, did the driver have a PBJ and banana sammich first? (cuz i didn't see nuffin wrong.)
     
  8. Voyager1968

    Voyager1968 Road Train Member

    Even if you don't see it, you should be able to smell that just by walking by.

    Somewhere between Amarillo and the Texas/New Mexico state line a drive axle seal started leaking on my tractor. When I parked at Russell's in Glenrio for the night, I took my normal walk around the truck to do a post-trip. When I got to the rear drive, I could smell the hot, burnt oil and took a closer look and found the problem.
     
  9. buddyd157

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    yes, the odor of the grease/oil is very pronounced. then too, the first driver got it there, and the heated grease/oil would have certainly permeated the surrounding area. he is/was an idiot for not writing it up. nothing more than a steering wheel holder.

    i can recall many times walking into or out of truck stops, the odor of grease/oils, as i passed the parked rigs. it is as pronounced as the urine soaked pavement.
     
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    asphaltreptile311 Heavy Load Member

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  11. buddyd157

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    makes for a nice flash fire at night!!
     
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