Posts Categorized: trailer parts

Hazardous Cargo Tank Trailer Repair Guidelines

Monday, June 26th, 2017 Published By: Patrick Logan

Hazardous cargo tank trailer repair is governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the guidelines they set forth for the process. These tank trailer repair guidelines govern the registration, accreditation and certification requirements for the company performing the repairs as well as the specialized technicians performing the repairs.

Requirements associated with tank trailer repair

Administration – The repairing entity must be registered and accredited with the National Board “TR” Program. The entity must maintain a quality assurance program that thoroughly documents and governs the repair process. This includes establishing documentation that demonstrates the entity is in compliance with ASME BPV Code standards for welding and brazing procedures.

Personnel – Per Section IX ASME guidelines, only certified welders are permitted to perform cargo tank repairs. Individuals may be trained in-house via welding programs designed to give them the skills needed to conduct a cargo tank repair, however, these individuals must be tested as part of the quality assurance program to ensure they perform the proper welds for the tasks they perform.

Corrosion and tank trailer repair

Corrosion is one of the leading causes of cargo tank trailer repair. As the metal breaks down, it can weaken the integrity of the tank and potentially contaminate the contained liquid. Corrosion that must be repaired includes the following types:

General Corrosion – General corrosion is corrosion that covers a significant region of the cargo tank. In many cases, clearing the corrosion and applying a flush patch is sufficient to bring the tank back in line with standards. In some cases, a weld overlay may be applied instead of a patch.

Pitting – Pitting is the formation of holes that may penetrate through the vessel wall. Shallow pitting may not require repair, however, if the depth is sufficient to threaten the integrity of the tank, it should be repaired immediately.

Line Corrosion – This occurs when pits connect with one another in a line that threatens the exterior integrity of the tank. This type of damage often occurs within the interior of the cargo tank. These do not need to be repaired if the depth of the pits does not exceed the minimal hull thickness. If it has, a common repair that is permissible is the application of a flush patch.

Grooved Corrosion – This can occur on both internal and external surfaces. If the original thickness of the tank exceeds 3/8 of an inch, a general weld overlay may be applied. However, if it did not, then a flush patch will be required to complete the repair.

Galvanic Corrosion – This occurs at the juncture where two or more dissimilar metals meet. The chemical process that occurs can create rapid deterioration of the metal and must be repaired immediately to prevent catastrophic failure. Repair of this problem can be complex because it may require redesigning the tank or redesignating the tank’s cargo purpose to prevent the problem from recurring.

We look forward to working with you

Contact Trailer Services of West Texas to learn more about our trailer repair services and the methods we use to ensure that corrosion doesn’t leave your tanks high and dry. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule the repairs you need to keep your operations moving forward.

Trailer Services of West Texas offers comprehensive trailer repair facilities throughout the Permian Basin, South Plains, and Texas Panhandle. We handle every aspect of repair from replacing brakes to installing new trailer alignments.

If you are looking for the best place to get all of your trailer repair services and trailer parts, call or visit Trailer Services of West Texas.   We offer everything from trailer parts to trailer repairparagon blowersaxle surgeon services and line boringtank trailer services and much more.  Trailer Services of West Texas is located in AmarilloLubbock, and Odessa.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Major Trailer Repair Following a Wreck

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 Published By: Patrick Logan

Following a major accident, such as roll-over or low bridge collision, you may think that your trailer is destined for the scrap yard. While there is no guarantee a trailer service will be able to repair your trailer in full, a reputable, experienced trailer repair service is often able to repair severely damaged trailers to new or nearly new condition.

The trailer repair experts at Trailer Services of West Texas are prepared to handle every aspect of your trailer repair from repairing both interior and exterior damage to providing estimates for your insurance company. We’ll handle the entire job from start to finish to restore your trailer to solid working order. Our staff is well versed in and has ample experience with trailer repair. We stand behind all of our repair jobs and are more than happy to address any following up questions and concerns. After a trailer accident, Trailer Services of West Texas offers the following repair services.

In-house trailer repair fabrication

Trailer Services of West Texas boasts a comprehensive fabrication shop right on our premises. The sizable structure includes a 5-ton crane, 30-ton press brake, 10-ton shear, and floor tie down surrounded with reinforced hardened concrete. We’re able to create the exact components we need for your trailer repair.

Flatbed trailer repair

Repairing a flatbed trailer following a major accident may include tasks ranging from rebuilding or replacing the kingpin structure to re-decking the flatbed to re-arching the main frame. Regardless of the size of the job, we’ll be able to handle it with ease.

Electrical diagnostics and repair

Many trailers suffer extensive electrical damage during a wreck or other major incident. Our technicians will evaluate the electrical systems and make any necessary repairs before we deem your trailer safe to operate again.

Alignment services

When your trailer suffers significant damage, it may become misaligned. Re-aligning the trailer gets the suspension back in place so your trailer is in good working order for normal driving conditions.

All of our staff and technicians at Trailer Services of West Texas have the experience and resources to repair your trailer following a major wreck or other incident. We get the job done the right way the first time around at a competitive rate. Don’t delay getting your trailer repaired so you’re on the road again driving safely as soon as possible.

We look forward to working with you

If you are looking for the best place to get all of your trailer repair services and trailer parts, call or visit Trailer Services of West Texas.   We offer everything from trailer parts to trailer repair, paragon blowers, axle surgeon services and line boring, tank trailer services and much more.  Trailer Services of West Texas is located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Trailer Repair – Semi-Trailer Kingpin Repair And Replacement

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 Published By: Patrick Logan

When looking to repair or replace your semi-trailer kingpin, make sure to select an expert mechanic and refinisher in the Amarillo, Lubbock or Odessa, Texas regions. Whether you’re renting your trailer, own it or are looking to buy or rent a new one, checking the condition of your kingpin regularly is important to the safety of your entire rig as well as other drivers on the road. If your kingpin is worn out, the stability of your entire trailer is compromised. By repairing your trailer kingpin, replacing it completely or even choosing to upgrade to a new or used trailer, you’ll guarantee your trailer is ready for the long haul.

Replacing a Semi-Trailer Kingpin – A Good Choice For Trailer Repair?

If your kingpin is so worn out such that repair is not an option, you many choose to replace the entire piece. A certified mechanic can cut out the old kingpin from your trailer and the cross member supports. Then, a new kingpin is installed and professionally welded to your trailer.

Choosing a New or Used Trailer – The Best Option For Trailer Repair?

And of course, there is the option to forgo all the repairs or replacement costs and just buy a brand new trailer (or a good quality used one) with a mint condition kingpin. By choosing a new trailer, you’ll guarantee that your trailer kingpin meets all industry standards, meet hardness specifications, and can hold up to any job you have planned.  Area Trailer Sales and Rentals is ready to meet all your trailer needs.  Contact them today.

Whether you decide to refurbish or replace your worn out kingpin, or just decide to replace your trailer all together, choosing to maintain a kingpin in great condition means you are choosing safety first on the Lubbock, Amarillo and Odessa, Texas roads. Keep your trailer in great condition, your cargo secure and other drivers on those long Texas roads safe by routinely inspecting your trailer kingpin for wear and tear.

We look forward to working with you.

If you are looking for the best place to get all of your trailer repair services and trailer parts, call or visit Trailer Services of West Texas.   We offer everything from trailer parts to trailer repair, paragon blowers, axle surgeon services and line boring, tank trailer services and much more.  Trailer Services of West Texas is located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Amarillo & West Texas Thermo King Services

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 Published By: Patrick Logan

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King proudly boast of a team of certified staff who have received specialized training to work on all types of Thermo King, Carrier and Red Dot units and systems. We also construct replacement OEM cab air hoses. All of our locations and our sister companies offer a comprehensive service trailer repair facility to repair and replace axles, ABS brakes, MAXON lift gates and to rebuild trailers. The following details each of our service offerings in full.

Thermo King

The TriPac™ Evolution is Thermo King’s next generation auxiliary power unit (APU). It offers virtually limitless heating and cooling at maximum efficiency and user productivity. The industry leading performance, low operating cost, and user friendly interface set TriPac apart from the competition. Amarillo Thermo King provides Thermo King units, parts, and service for the TriPac Evolution and other Thermo King products. Thanks to the world class Thermo King dealer network, we offer around the clock service on Thermo King products, giving drivers peace of mind about their fleets. Call any of our locations at any time of the day or night for immediate customer service.

Thermo King Peace-of-Mind: Standard with Precedent

The Precedent platform represents the very latest in transport refrigeration technology, but it’s backed by something that can only be built up slowly over time: Thermo King peace-of-mind. Precedent takes everything we’ve learned since we invented transport refrigeration back in 1938 and gives you industry-leading performance and the quality and reliability that Thermo King is known for. And because it’s backed by the Thermo King warranty, you can rest easy knowing we’ve got you and your business covered, day in and day out.

Red Dot service

As a Red Dot affiliate, we provide accurate, reliable temperature control for existing cabs. West Texas Thermo King carries an extensive selection of products and systems, including the following:

  • Red Dot R-9777 Heater-Air-Conditioner
  • Red Dot R-5045 Heater-Air-Conditioner
  • Red Dot R-6100 Air-Conditioner.
  • Red Dot No-Idle Air-Conditioner R-1200
  • Red Dot No-Idle Air-Conditioner R-1205
  • Red Dot R-9976 Hydraulic Compressor

Our team is trained to help cab drivers and fleet managers choose the right solutions for their available cab space, fleet applications, and vehicle specifications.

Trailer parts and service

We offer full scale service and parts for existing trailers as well as trailer sales and rentals. Our colocated sister company, Trailer Services of West Texas provides the best trailer repair services in the region.  Each of our locations handles ABS brake, axle, and MAXON lift gate repair and replacement as well as full trailer rebuilds. From flatbeds to refrigerated trucks to belt trailers, we’re prepared to fix your vehicle. We also carry a wide selection of trailer parts for virtually every make and model, thanks to our association with Aurora Parts and Great Dane Trailer Parts.

As an authorized Paragon dealer, we service and supply parts for Paragon blowers and accessories. We also stock Fruitland Vacuum pumps and accessories.

Axle Surgeon and Line Boring

Trailer Services of West Texas can replace broken spindles for a fraction of the cost of a new spindle. Our teams restore equipment to original equipment manufacturer specifications and limit downtime so you’re back on the road with good as new parts as soon as possible. We also offer mobile line boring and service. Repairing expensive cab components saves you time and money and leaves you with vehicles that are stronger and more reliable than ever.

Tank Trailer Service

Our tank trailer service provides a full array of services and qualifications for trailers, including the following.

  • Tank inspections (i.e. visual, thickness, pressure)
  • Pump, compressor, and blower installation
  • Accident repairs for both minor and major rollovers
  • Preventative maintenance service
  • General repair and service
  • Custom fabrication

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King are located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.