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Since income generation is
a key factor in ROI analysis,
trailer uptime and productivity are essential. According to
Larry Olson, director of field
maintenance for the West
Region at transportation and
logistics company Ryder,
the most common causes for
trailer breakdowns are tires,
brake wheel ends, lighting,
and liftgates.
"Most tire repairs will cost
$100 to $150 at the terminal,
but on the road they can easily
hit $600 or more," Olson says.
"Reducing tire-related costs
requires the shop and drivers
working together to identify
low pressure and tire tread
issues prior to dispatching."
Properly performed pre-trip
inspections are a critical
part of the process. Likewise,
Olson says technicians should
always take time to inspect
tires for tread and damage
anytime they are working on
a vehicle.

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Preventive
maintenance tips
to reduce trailer
operating costs

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scrub off tread at a higher rate than the larger tire
it is matched to. Finally, make sure trailer axles are
in alignment, which will become apparent with
certain abnormal tread wear patterns."
Innovative features can help fleets gain control
of tire-related costs. For instance, Utility Trailer's
Olsen says that roughly 70 percent of the trailers
the company builds now have tire inflation systems.

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"Another cost savings can come from using
repaired tires on trailers to run out the remaining tread without compromising safety on the
steer axle position, should one of those tires get
punctured," Olson says. "Don't forget to match tire
diameters with a tire square when changing just
one tire in a dual position; a difference of 1/4-inch
or more will cause the smaller-diameter tire to

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Somebody probably will - if it isn't being built
already. Telematics solutions currently exist
to monitor things like door open/close events,
lighting operability, cargo load, temperature, and
humidity. Sensors and telematics can help fleets
gain clearer insights into trailer utilization, performance, and safety. Those insights can help fleets
gain an advantage when it comes to trailer ROI.
"For example, sensors
identifying maintenance
issues can be communicated
to the driver and operations
department in real time," East
Mfg.'s Kenney says. "Then the
severity of the issue can be
determined and appropriate
action taken. This instantaneous communication has
reduced operating costs and
improved ROI."
East Mfg.'s Sabol adds that
sensors and telematics enable
fleets to review trailer performance and potential failures
without having to rely on
feedback from drivers or other
outside sources. That improves
efficiency while reducing the
chances for communication
failures, both of which can
help lower maintenance costs
and improve ROI.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: How Fleets Can Connect with Tech Schools
Editor's Note: The Aftertreatment Blues
Keys to Maximizing Trailer ROI
Best Practices for Maintaining Hydraulic Braking Systems
Solving the Parts Puzzle
Contending with Accelerated BEV Tire Wear
Cold Weather HVAC Considerations
Management: CMMS Marketplace
Economic Outlook: Signs of Economic Recovery
Diagnostics: Choosing the Right Diagnostic Tool for Roadside Triage
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: The Propane-Powered Alternative
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: How Fleets Can Connect with Tech Schools
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Fleet Maintenance - Editor's Note: The Aftertreatment Blues
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Fleet Maintenance - Keys to Maximizing Trailer ROI
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Fleet Maintenance - Solving the Parts Puzzle
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Fleet Maintenance - Contending with Accelerated BEV Tire Wear
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Fleet Maintenance - Cold Weather HVAC Considerations
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: CMMS Marketplace
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Fleet Maintenance - Economic Outlook: Signs of Economic Recovery
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Fleet Maintenance - Diagnostics: Choosing the Right Diagnostic Tool for Roadside Triage
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Fleet Maintenance - Guest Editorial: The Propane-Powered Alternative
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