Dec 26, 2006, 10:14 AM
Post #26 of 28
" NOB the trailers are considered diposable. After about 5 to 7 years they buy new ones as the old trailers are suffering from metal fatigue. Where do you think those trailers are today??"
I was once acquainted with the same business and you've made your point well.
The trailer food chain goes from shiny new acquisition to the heavy machinery auction yard, where lesser transporters and small time machinery dealers acquire them. It's probably safe to assume that some of them eventually go SOB for their final resting place.
However, I feel it's appropriate to point out that even with the many scales and inspections in the U.S., every small time trucker knows the routes around them and often alerts their buds when the scales are closed.
The private trucker's top priority is to get'er'done, since that's what they are being paid for. These folks are by no means getting rich at this, so they tend to shave the safety issues thin. (Multiple retreads, etc.)
To me, it's scary to have a heavy transporter right behind me on the highway either in Mexico or the U.S. because I know how much territory is covered in an emergency stop, even with the best of brakes and tires. You, the passenger car, are likely to be toast. Best to let them pass. In fact, give them a little help with your blinkers when it's safe for them to pull back in. Their lives are not easy ones.