Pre Trip Inspection Checklist
- Airbag - Again make sure the airbag has no abrasions, bulges, cuts or leakings. The airbag should not be missing any mounting bolts.
- Axle Seal - The axle seal should not be leaking and should be filled to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Brake Chamber - The brake chamber should be properly mounted so that is does not leak air.
- Brake Drum - The brake drum should be properly mounted and secure.
- Brake Hose - The brake hose should be secure at both ends with no abrasions, bulges, cuts or leaks.
- Brake Lining - Check for oil or debris on the brake lining. There should be at least ¼ of an inch of friction material.
- Frame and Cross Members - There cannot be any missing cross members.
- Header Board - The header board cannot have any holes or missing rivets.
- Landing Gear - The landing gear must be fully raised and the cradle handle secure.
- Lug Nuts - Rust trails indicate loose bolts. Powder residue and cracks around the bolt holes could be an indication of over-tightened bolts.
- Rim - The rims cannot have any unauthorized welds.
- Rear Door and Hinges - The rear door should open, close and latch properly. Door seals should not be worn, torn or dry rotten.
- Shock Absorber - The shock absorber should be checked at both ends for leaks.
- Slack Adjuster and Push Rod - When the brakes are released and pulled by hand, the push rod should not move more than one inch.
- Tandem Frame and Release - Release handle and locking pins should be in the fully locked position.
- Trailer Tire - There should be no abrasions, bulges or cuts to the tread or sidewalls. Tread depth should be no less than 2/32 of an inch. The tire should be properly filled to manufacturer’s specifications and checked with an air gauge.
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