According to the data from INDEXBOX, U.S. Truck Trailer Prices rose 17% to $8,791 per unit due to the higher costs of raw materials that are used to make a trailer and labour shortages. This is causing challenges for the truck industry as inflation and lack of supply are causing haulage companies to extend their trailer life cycle beyond their normal operation.
What is the average lifespan of a trailer?
When you purchase a modern trailer, you can expect it to last at least approximately 8 years or about 40,000 engine hours. With proper maintenance, you can extend these averages significantly.
What can you do to extend your trailer’s lifecycle?
Every trailer has a maintenance schedule that should be followed. You should service your trailer at least every six months.
Tips on how to maximize a trailer’s longevity
Increase inspections and maintenance
In addition to the annual safety inspection and driver pre-trips, additional preventive maintenance inspections are recommended throughout the year. The more inspections, the less of a chance of a roadside breakdown and unexpected repair costs.
Check your tires regularly
Tire monitoring or inflation systems are recommended. Include a check of tire condition avoiding blowouts on the highway. These preventive measures save fuel, loss revenue from unexpected breakdowns, and lives.
Thoroughly wash your trailers
Always keep your trailer clean to reduce maintenance cost. A range of problems can be caused by unclean trailers including mold and mildew, cross- contamination, food borne illnesses, including rodent and insect infestation.
Lube it correctly
The correct lube in appropriate quantity is a must for proper trailer operation. Enough new grease must be added to purge the old grease. The debris that cling to old grease makes it ineffective. Adding new lube removes dirt and ensures safe operation.
Take time for brakes
The first sign that it’s time to replace your brake pads is if you hear persistent squeaking or squealing. Another sign is when you see the indicator light on, or when it’s taking longer to stop and the pads appear to be thin.
Ultimate Preventive Maintenance Measures
Combining more advanced digital tools and fleet management software will make monitoring your trailers easier. This will help extend their lifespan.
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