So.....whose trailer is it?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by drivingmissdaisy, Apr 8, 2024.

  1. drivingmissdaisy

    drivingmissdaisy Road Train Member

    Jun 10, 2019
    I really never thought about this, nor had an issue when something like this happened before, but now I have. I almost got into a fist fight with another company driver over this issue. The head boss refuses to reply to my email about this. Anyway.....

    I drive for a small company that has a hard time sometimes finding empty trailers. They can be hard to come by at some of our yards in some big cities that have a lot of freight leaving the area. Anyway, one day I arrive at one of our terminals with an empty. I grab my power blower and clean it out as I love to arrive to shippers with a very clean trailer. I'm sitting under it, under dispatch, a few hours go by. I have to leave the next morning to go pick up a load and I get a call from the shop asking me if I can bring the truck into the shop for a quick PM. Sounds good to me, they can work on it all day if they want. So I drop my empty and then glance around the yard.....this trailer is one of only TWO empty trailers on the entire yard. So I stick my gladhand lock on the red airline so nobody runs off with my trailer. Keep in mind, in the system, the trailer is still assigned to my truck. I am only dropping it because the shop asked me to bring the truck in for maintenance.

    So low and behold several hours go by and I decide to take a glance out at the trailer and someone is backing up to hook up to it. I go out there and let him know that the trailer is mine, its got my lock on it. He starts getting up in my face "What makes you think this trailer is yours?" I said "Because I brought it in, I cleaned it out and I still need it, my truck is being worked on, the only reason I'm not under it." He started yelling me and I returned the favor. He finally was smart and got back in his truck and said he would report me to the boss man. I told him be my guest. Nothing else ever came of this. I think its kinda funny he got all pissy because hes a daycab driver, paid by the hour. What does he care if he has to drive to find another empty? He gets paid for it, anyway.

    I don't think I did anything wrong putting my lock on my trailer that I brought in that I needed the next morning as I was under dispatch for another load. I'm not going to bring in an empty and then have to drive 60+ miles to one of our shippers to try to find another empty trailer. Not gonna happen.
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  3. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I can’t really say I blame you at all.
  4. 54international

    54international Bobtail Member

    Feb 3, 2024
    seems like you dropped your trailer in the yard to get PM on tractor.

    Thats your trailer.
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    I've parked outside the shop door in position to fetch my trailer inside when it's ready to leave after a PM when trailers are really scarce. When the shop is done nobody is able to move that trailer without driving around me in my truck.

    I've also mistakenly red-tagged a trailer, or removed the landing gear handle, or locked/sealed the doors to MAYBE keep it from disappearing.
  6. Kyle G.

    Kyle G. Road Train Member

    Jan 23, 2016
    Eastern Iowa
    I get the frustration (especially since you took the time to clean out the trailer) but, in the other guy's defense, if he had a load to pick up now, and your load didn't pick up till the next day, I could see how the trailer maybe should have gone to him for that reason. Chances are another empty would have come in for you to use later that day. But that should be your dispatcher's job to figure out.
  7. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    South GA
    It was assigned to you, it's yours.
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  8. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You should have also put a padlock on the trailer doors.
  9. JolliRoger

    JolliRoger Road Train Member

    May 8, 2007
    Unh Unh.. Like a woman, she is still mine even if am not using it at the time.

    Hell, Write double indemnity.. King pin lock, and pull the landing gar handle...
  10. drivingmissdaisy

    drivingmissdaisy Road Train Member

    Jun 10, 2019
    No way, man. There is no guarantee someone would bring in another empty. And being stuck in the shop, I had no idea how long, I would only be able to grab one after being released. Empty trailers are not that plentiful where I can confidently give up my empty trailer and know another one is coming.
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  11. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    The only thing I would have done would have been - not even walk over to him, let him fume and rant when he discovered the lock.
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