Commercial fleet managers are sometimes compared to airport traffic controllers. They must figure out the best routes for transportation and return, locate trailers at the closest pickup zones, figure out which trailer suits the job, etc. It is not a job for the faint of heart.
Granted, modern technology has lent a big hand as far as road transport quality improvements are concerned. But by no means do things always run like clockwork or happen automatically.
What’s more, broken roads, steep hills, heavy loads, and more put a lot of wear, tear, stress, and demands on trucks and trailers. That means repairs, breakdowns, and replacements. To help managers get ahead of the game, here are some tips to consider when it comes to trailer components and their repairs or replacement.
Trailer Repairs – The 10 Most Frequently Seen
The following are some of the most common trailer repairs seen by commercial fleet managers. Always keep your eye out for the following to try to stay ahead of the game:
- Door repairs – curtains, swinging door, and rolling door replacements or repairs.
- Brake repair – brake drum or pad replacements, EBS diagnostics, etc.
- Tire repair – complete tire replacements, retreading, or re-grooving.
- Refers – the refrigerator group in particular needs constant maintenance and repairs.
- Liftgate repair – deals mostly with installation and maintenance.
- Electronic equipment repair and replacement – includes waterproof box, socket, lamp, lights, etc.
- Technical inspection (both preparation and passing) – tailgate control and preventative visits.
- Suspension and rolling gear repair – suspension valves, cushion suspension, and more.
- Pneumatic repair – elements like air hoses, brake hand valves, etc.
- Body component repair – i.e. cyclist protection bumpers, wing flaps, bumpers, etc.
To determine or predict future maintenance, take the following into consideration: regularly scheduled maintenance, a trailer’s age, and mileage. Malfunction and maintenance needs forecasts can help avoid possible fleet breakdowns in the future. A fleet manager will better be able to get a handle on future costs and maximize the condition of their trailers through the use of predictive maintenance.
You’re trying to figure out what could go wrong before it actually does, and then beat it to the punch.
There is not a fleet manager on the face of the earth that wants to use a trailer to death, until it goes down. Because when it does, massive inconveniences and delays occur. Regularly scheduled maintenance, predictive maintenance, and a few repairs “as needed” are the key to avoiding breakdowns.
The wrong way to look at maintenance: Something that only needs to be done when necessary. A costly affair. Completely annoying.
The right way of looking at maintenance: Trailers need love and attention by the fleet managers and driver and should be treated as part of the fleet family.
With appropriate usage, predictive maintenance, regularly scheduled general maintenance, and by repairing as soon as it’s needed (rather than waiting too long, until further damage results), you can keep both your trailers and your business running smoothly.
Mickey Genuine Parts is prepared for the breakdown, repair, and replacement of your trailer and its parts. We have new and used trailers at the ready. And our certified service centers are located throughout the United States for your convenience. Click here for a list of available service centers. And talk to one of our customer service representatives today if you have any questions about parts or trailers that we carry.