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Maintaining Heavy Haul Trailers (What You Need To Know)

Heavy haul trailers move oversized and overweight loads, placing high pressure and demand on them, which can be detrimental without proper and regular maintenance. Did you know our heavy haul trucking experts at Heavy Haulers understand the pivotal role of trailer maintenance? These professionals have over a decade of experience and understand the importance of safe operations in oversized load transport.

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The Importance of Heavy Haul Trailer Maintenance

Vigilance and regular inspections are critical components in trailer maintenance. Heavy Haulers understand the unique role of heavy haul trucking, which underlines its importance in the oversized load transport industry.

Heavy haul trucking efficiency, safety, and reliability hinge on consistent, meticulous, and professional maintenance schedules and practices. Trailer maintenance extends to all modern models, including the Flatbed, RGN, Step Deck, Double Drop, Landoll trailers, and more.

The importance of heavy haul trucking maintenance ensures:

  • Operational Efficiency And Reliability

Regular maintenance prevents unexpected breakdowns that lead to costly delays and disruption to supply chain operational efficiency and reliability.

  • Safety Assurance

Heavy haul trailer maintenance is paramount to ensuring the safety of the driver, other road users, and your oversized load. Heavy Haulers conduct regular inspections to identify and fix potential issues before they turn to safety hazards.

  • Equipment Lifespan

Heavy haul trucking experts know the significance of professional maintenance in extending the trailer’s lifespan. These oversized heavy-hauling vehicles are essential investments for the company, and prolonging their durability enhances operational continuity.

  • Performance Optimization

Trailer maintenance optimizes performance, sustaining its hauling capacity, fuel efficiency, and overall functionality. Regular inspection of various components in heavy haul trailers, such as braking systems, tires, suspension, and others, ensures peak efficiency.

  • Resale Value

Companies periodically update their trailer fleet. The condition of their heavy hauling equipment is usually proportional to their trailer maintenance practices and frequency. A well-maintained oversized load trailer usually commands a higher resale value.

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Signs of Deterioration on an Equipment Trailer

Regular oversized load hauling causes wear and tear on your trailer. However, having a firm trailer maintenance routine and foundation is fundamental for prolonged efficiency. At Heavy Haulers and with our years of experience, it’s easy to tell signs of trailer deterioration or know when it’s time for maintenance.

Here are signs of deterioration to look out for on your equipment to prevent further damage:

  • Suspension System Issues

Check for sagging or broken springs that can affect load distribution. Look for worn brushing that can cause misalignment.

  • Tire Damage And Wear

If you notice tire cuts, bulging, or uneven tire treads or patterns wear, it’s time to schedule maintenance. Tire deterioration can lead to blowouts and accidents.

  • Brake System Issues

Worn brake drums or pads or leaking brake fluid are signs of a deteriorating braking system. Left unattended, it can compromise braking efficiency, a safety hazard.

  • Electrical System Issues

Electrical system issues like non-functional lights or faulty wiring indicate deterioration on an equipment trailer. Schedule maintenance immediately to avoid further damage and other hazards.

  • General Wear And Tear

General wear and tear may include chipping or peeling of the trailer’s paint, which leads to corrosion and rusting. Regularly inspecting your equipment’s paint and coating condition is vital.

Tips To Maintain Your Transport Trailer Overtime

Creating a trailer maintenance routine is essential to long-term durability and optimized operations. Oversized load transport experts agree that professionally scheduled maintenance practices are keys to providing efficient and effective heavy haul trucking services.

Have a goal of ensuring your equipment is always in top condition by following these tips and tricks:

  • Schedule regular and professional maintenance practices
  • Examine tire pressure regularly and before every shipment
  • Inspect and maintain the braking system
  • Determine your trailer’s hauling capacity and needs
  • Perform a pre-trip inspection before any heavy haul trucking project.
  • Check the suspension system regularly
  • Examine the electrical system and lights
  • Check the hydraulic cylinders and the coupling system
  • Regularly lubricate movable parts to prevent wear and tear from friction
  • Protect and avoid corrosion and rusting on your trailer’s body
  • Train and educate your personnel on the latest maintenance practices

Heavy Haulers have the expertise and qualified personnel to ensure the fleet of trailers remains in excellent condition for safety, optimal performance, and reliability. The rewards of a well-maintained trailer are increased productivity, longer service life, enhanced return on investment, and safety.

A proactive trailer maintenance routine or schedule should be a top priority for any reputable heavy-haul trucking company. Investing in a high-quality trailer fleet is vital to minimize maintenance costs and requirements.