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How to avoid trailer getting hit/damaged

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JLSLLC, Sep 14, 2012.


    JLSLLC LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,413

    Someone ran into my trailer AGAIN yesterday in traffic. I have a black open trailer and the gate has reflective tape. Also I put out Cone(s) for when the gate is down, But people also fly by coming very close, The brake lights also work... Just an annoyance, anybody else deal with this? Safety First:clapping:
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  2. blakescape

    blakescape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    You should put a whelen liberty lightbar on your truck. It has a traffic advisor built in. Turn that badboy on and people will see you from a mile away lol.

    We put cones at the corners of our bobcat trailers even if the gate/ramps are up.
  3. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,223

    maybe a couple of those flashing yellow leds on the top of the trailer, wouldn't use much power and they'd be high enough to catch someone's attention. next time buy a brighter colored trailer too?
  4. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,186

    Adding flashing lights doesn't change idiot drivers. Lights actually draws people to stare in return cause people to slow down .
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  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,077

    Heh. I feel your pain.

    I use one of these on my truck to carry my Toro 21" when working in the city...


    The other day I pulled into a fast food place to use the restroom and in the two minutes I was away from the truck some fuqstick hit the carrier and took off.


    A witness got the plate for me. Time will tell if the police catch up with him for the hit and run.

    At least he busted the end that doesn't have the ramp, so I can still use it until I get a replacement. The truck and the mower were not damaged.
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    That thing is so cool. Never seen anything like that before.

    And like others have said, you cant fix stupid. I just put out 3-4 cones.
  7. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 807

    I have thought about this and the only thing I can think of is mounting brake lights in the middle of the gate. I think the problem is the lights are to far off to the sides that people tailgating you can't see the brake lights and cant judge distance, then they hit you when you hit the brakes.
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    My partner was driving our 16ft trailer this June and an old lady decided not look and she did 1800 in damage to it. The road is 1 lane but widens to 2 lanes where there are lights to turn off on to different roads. So this old lady pulls off the lane into the turn lane and then sees a cop and the road blocks roads closed. Does she wait nope decides to merge right into our trailer and bent one of the axles. Still haven't got around too fixing the fender I have had a new one sitting down stairs for months.
  9. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,931

    When I pull up to a property, I park across the street from the property heading into oncoming traffic. At least then. They might see the truck first. Some people are just idiots. I yell at at least two morons a day for driving entirely too fast through residential neighborhood streets.
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  10. crivers

    crivers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Good thing your not in Spring Hill, TN. I got a ticket for parking agaist the flow of traffic. Apperently that is illegal here.

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