While waiting for Rush Truck Center to open so we can get our keys, hook up, and finally leave Flagstaff I thought you might like to know a little something about cargo trailers.
Conveniently enough, one is parked at Rush Truck Center.
This is the refrigeration unit on the front of the trailer.
This is the temperature display. The truck driver will be told the temperature setting for his load and he can set it, or adjust it here.
These “steps” enable the driver to check on the temperature of the load without opening the back doors.
There is a door, way up high, to stick a temperature probe in to do a check.
This is the “King Pin” that will connect the tractor to the trailer for transport.
These are the “Landing Jacks”. When the trailer is attached to the 5th wheel of the truck these legs will be raised using the odd shaped handle crank.
The handle will be lifted off the storage hook, pulled toward the operator, the he/she will turn the crank round and round until the landing gear is fully raised and ready for transport.
When dropping the trailer the driver will crank the other way to lower the landing gear to support the trailer when the tractor pulls out from under it.
This is the “Fuel Tank” that supplies fuel to the generator to run the refrigeration unit. Diesel fuel is what is put in this tank.
This is the axle of the trailer it has the capability of sliding forward and backward to adjust the axle position for the load carried.
To see how the “Axle Slide” works and why it is a part of the trailer, sorry, you will have to either petition Joe to tell you or ask a truck driver in a truck stop the latter I don’t recommend. Some of these drivers will either proposition you or tell you to get lost.
This is the “ICC Bumper”. What the ICC stands for is something Joe will have to tell you.
What I do know is at big distribution centers there are giant sized fingers that hold onto this bumper, when the trailer is backed up to a dock, to keep it secure for forklifts to drive in and out while loading the trailer.
These are the loading doors. They swing wide open to allow the entry and exit of pallet movers, like forklifts and/or pallet jacks to enter and exit while loading or unloading.
These little chains…
Hook the doors fully open at the sides of the trailer.
Lastly, this little door is for temperature control.
If the inside of the trailer gets too cold the door can be opened to circulate the air – or something like that. Another question for Joe.
Chances are you have been behind one of these trailers and seen water drip out the back of the trailer. There are some loads, particularly produce, that gets ice spread over the pallets. As the ice melts the water runs out the back of the trailer.
Okay, this is the end if another boring post about the truck driving industry. Have an excellent day.