Today my co driver broke the air bags on the trailer?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by dahookup29, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Smellfunny

    Smellfunny Heavy Load Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    South Carolina
    Some of those trailer air bags are a pain to remove. Rust can cause some big time hurt on them. Plus finding someone that has FOUR in stock could be an issue as well. Sounds like he had the pin in the slider and trailer brakes on or backed up to something and then continue to back and caused the bags to come off the base. That was a lot of force one way or the other to get all four bags. They must be short bags and not the longer ones.
  2. Blind Driver

    Blind Driver Road Train Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    New Albany, IN
    Something happened that will probably never get explained properly nor repeated.
    losttrucker Thanks this.
  3. Richter

    Richter Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Philadelphia Pa
    I was getting my flatbed unloaded by electromagnet crane when the power went out. (receiver required air to be inflated while unloading) Needless to say when 48,000 pounds fell on my bed from 10 feet up, all 4 bags blew, both axles got bent, all the rims bent and the mildly damaged tired all blew off the rims. Took about 2 hours to replace the bags, but the axles took a long time. The tires were find but 5 rims needed to be replaced. the others needed to be bent and all the rubber remounted.
  4. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    the road less travelled
    Pushing too hard in reverse against the stops with the brakes set will torque the suspension, could stretch the bags past their design limits if there are no stops, and it usually destroys the shock absorbers at the same time. (pulls them apart)

    A friend and I were discussing someone doing this just today.
  5. CargoWahgo

    CargoWahgo Road Train Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Louisville, Kentucky
    Sliding tandems?

    I've seen someone blow both tractor air bags rocking back and forth with the power divider on
    .....they had their trolley brake pulled from checking the lights.....
  6. dcedlr

    dcedlr Light Load Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Aurora, CO
    LOL @ CRST drivers posting this thread.
  7. dahookup29

    dahookup29 Bobtail Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Every time he parks he always leave the red one out n only keeps the yellow in, for what, i dont know. So i dont know if that had something to do with it. The pins was push in
  8. brsims

    brsims Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Meadville, PA
    So who was responsible for paying for all that damage? On one hand, the consignee could be held responsible since it happened on his lot during an unloading procedure. On another, potentially the power company could be held responsible for having the initial outage that caused the electro-magnet to lose power and drop the load.....or does this kind of thing get chalked up as "An Act Of God" by the insurance company? I certainly hope it didn't come out of the driver's pocket (although these days I wouldn't be all that surprised)......
  9. 379exhd

    379exhd Road Train Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    rolling through hell
    That makes no sense what so ever. Why set the trailer when parking? Set the ####### tractor! My trailers have a 4 bag dump on the supply. Only time the trailer is ever set is when I drop the trailer or it gets loaded or unloaded. The van we had Perviously also had a 4 bag auto dump when the supply was pulled. Set the trailer, pull the pins, check the pins, if a pin is stuck get the hammer beat it out, slide your tandems, check, adjust, push handle in make sure the pins lock all 4 and go. Its not rocket science.

    The way you're exaing what happened and the way your talking I'm sensing this is a complete line of b.s. not to mention the wanna be on the side. Any driver knows you call road service ASAP and get it fixed. Call road service tell them all 4 bags on the trailer are blown get your flashlight get them the bag numbers and get it fixed.
    The Challenger Thanks this.
  10. dcedlr

    dcedlr Light Load Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Aurora, CO
    I don't know why either because he should leave the red one in and pull the yellow one (that sets the tractor brakes and leaves the trailer brakes free).
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