How to avoid trailer getting hit/damaged

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

  1. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    maybe you should find better spots to park your trailer?
  2. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Wish I had my camera ready yesterday....this cutter had his truck and trailer on a curve of a busy street....he was art least four feet out into the road...cones and all, I had to really try hard to miss his junk ..he'll get hisjunk damaged eventually
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  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do that where I am and you'll get a nice fine, it's illegal! If someone does hit you there's a good chance you'll be found at fault.
  4. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    been working in Spring Hill since 2008 doing that very thing. Never had a problem. Cops pass me all the time. As a matter of fact, park right in front of a cops house. Drive through some of these residential neighborhoods. It's rampant even with the residents.
  5. bshustack

    bshustack LawnSite Member
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    I was having the same prob.. I was almost hit more the a few times and once I had a guy just bump the gate. I wired all new led lights in much better then stock and added a center light to the trailer too.


  6. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
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    Put 15 cones out, a nice long line of them. Then they might look up once they started hitting the cones.
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    There really is no way to avoid some drivers. While stopped, it doesn't matter how many flashing lights you use, people will still hit you. There can be 2 police cars, 3 fire trucks and an ambulance at a car accident and people still end up hitting one of the fire trucks blocking traffic. How does someone miss a 30'+ long truck with tons of flashing LED's and an entire back end covered with reflective chevrons?

    Cones can work okay but there is a certain method to cones. If you check out one of the DOT sites you will find a method to setting out cones. For example if you are parked on the side of a road where the speed limit is 35mph, you need to start setting cones out say 200' behind the rear of your vehicle and have them spaced 10' apart (those are not the actual numbers used, but you get the idea). Placing 3 cones 10-20' behind your trailer really won't do much, if a driver hits the first cone, he really won't have much time to react (even if he realizes he is about to hit your trailer) since you only gave him 20' behind your trailer. Your only hope is that the driver sees these bright orange cones from down the street and takes notice of them before its too late.

    My opinion is that if you are working on a busy road or faster road, park in the customer's driveway so you are out of traffic. Or if there is a large enough shoulder, make sure to pull off the road entirely.
  8. Porkins

    Porkins LawnSite Senior Member
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    Put a set out with your cones. It should do the trick.

    FYI, I'm joking of course.

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