I’ve of course heard Werner’s reputation on their trailer conditions, but I’ve also heard that they improved a bit on their maintenance in the last ten years or so.
What I’d like to ask those of you that pull these trailers daily and recently, what sort of shape are the oldest ones in as far as begging for violations? I have my fair share of experience with 10+ year old neglected trailers, and don’t expect something brand new, but I also don’t care for something that’s on the ragged edge of legal, compliant, and watertight. My searches have led to largely older information, and I have asked a former Werner driver I know, but he hasn’t driven for them in probably better than five years.
The reason I ask is because I currently run flatbed, but am working with a possible customer that requires a van. I would like to minimize my expenditure until I know better how things are going to work out with the account, but I also don’t want to walk into a massive headache over a few thousand dollars, especially when the other trailers I’m looking at are air ride with air actuated slider pins.
Anyways, I welcome and appreciate any input you can provide.
I left 6 months ago, and most trailers were in good condition. Their trucks are also maintained fairly well.
It should be pretty obvious which trailers are the maintained ones. The difference is HUGE. If you can see any Chrome at all, the trailer is one of the good new ones that was subject to proper maintenance.
If they are new enough to have LED lights and tire inflation systems, they are new enough to be subject to Werner's updated maintenance program.
Anything newer than 2010 should be in good condition, as thats when they started buying trailers to comply with CSA maintenance laws.
As much as I hate Werner office employees, their maintenance of trucks and trailers is significantly better than most other companies I worked for. I am actually considering buying a Pete from them, as Im having trouble finding one that has the same options.
If you want to post links to any advertisements, I can probably tell you more about the trailers and what kind of conditions they usually kept them in.
The only thing to run away from is if the trailer has waves on the bottom rails.
Their ads are just generic, they don’t have any specific trailer numbers or anything. Just says they have large quantities of them at various locations. If I do it I’ll probably get one from Springfield, OH and take a trip out there to pick one out.
They’re all Wabash Duraplate’s. 53x102, all the pictures are blue trailers. Here is the text from the ad:
“• Hardwood Floors
• Full Swing Open Rear Doors
• Spring Sliding Suspension
• 22.5LP Tires on Steel Wheels
• Large Quantities of 2006 to 2008 Available in Various Locations Throughout the U.S.”