TRAILER INSPECTION CHECKLIST
|This appendix contains a trailer inspection checklist that provides both general guidelines and a procedure for inspecting trailers. Items to be inspected are categorized under major systems. For data about a particular type of trailer, see the TM for that trailer.|
- Trailer Body.
o Trailer body is securely mounted on frame; all mounting bolts are present and properly secured.
n Metal bodies.
o Metal bodies are free of dents, cracks, and rusty areas; there is no warping.
o Tailgate is securely mounted; it operates freely and fits tailgate opening properly. Tailgate fasteners and chains are in place and serviceable.
o Vehicle bodies are kept drained to prevent rust.
n Wood bodies.
o Flooring is not cracked, broken, or excessively worn; there is no warping.
o Sideboards are in place and in good condition.
o Tailgates are properly mounted.
- Tarpaulins and Bows.
o Bows and racks are smooth and free of splinters.
o Bows and racks are serviceable and securely mounted.
NOTE: Bolts in racks and bows should be installed with bolt heads out to prevent damage to canvas.
o All tarps and end curtains are on hand and in serviceable condition.
o Canvas is mounted correctly (not inside out).
o Ropes or straps are not frayed, broken, or missing. Tie-down strap hooks are not bent, broken, or missing.
- Trailer Chassis.
o Trailer chassis has no cracks, breaks, or broken welds.
o Frame is not sprung.
o The lunette or kingpin is properly mounted, secured, clean, and lubricated.
o Data plates and decals (when used) are secure, clean, and legible.
o Chock blocks are in place and properly secured.
o Landing legs are not bent; they operate freely.
o Tires have proper inflation.
o Tread is sufficient; there are no cuts, bruises, or breaks.
o There is no evidence of unusual wear.
o There are no rocks between duals.
o Valve caps are in place; valve stems are serviceable.
o Spare tire is in place and serviceable.
- Electrical System and Reflectors.
o All lights are mounted securely and in operating condition.
o Wires are not worn or frayed.
o Lenses are not cracked or discolored.
o Plug receptacle has cap and gasket; spring lid fits properly.
o Plug receptacle contacts are serviceable and free of dirt and corrosion.
o All reflectors are in place; lenses are not cracked, missing, or painted over.
- Brake System.
o Air coupling seal is serviceable; dummy coupling, with chain, is present.
o Coupling should attach easily; there is no air leak when attached.
o Air cylinder on trailer (when applicable) is securely mounted and operates freely.
o Cylinder boot is not torn or loose in mounting.
o Air lines are free of water (air filter is clean).
o The master cylinder reservoir has proper fluid level (see appropriate TM for specifications).
o Hand brake is adjusted and operates properly.
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