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I was "invited" by the DOT to come in for an inspection

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by grandview, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I had to get topsoil yesterday and the DOT was doing a safty check about 1,000ft from the entrance to the topsoil yard. I thought I could get in the back way but they had a trooper escorting trucks in for a check.So I pull up and he asks what year the truck is and I said it's an 2008 with 7,800 miles on it. So he got under the truck to check the brakes and he was surprised the rotors weren't all rusted up .So he checked the lights and e brake.,so far so good. Then he jacked up the trailer,it was empty ,luckily! So he started to spin the tire and told me to pull the breakaway ,nothing,tire kept spinning! Found out there is a separate battery for it .So he told me he had to fill out some paper work first and told me I had a few minutes to get it working .So I cut the wires to try and reach them to the main dump battery ,they won;t reach.So I happen to have one of those cheap insurance road side kits .I took the jumper cables and spliced them in and it worked. Only thing I didn't have was a fire extinguisher . So next time I get pulled over and it not there then I'll get a fine. Plus he gave me a 3 month wavier sticker so I won't have to go through inspection again.

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  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    Good thinking :drinkup:

    (I'm surprised you came up with that solution)
     
  3. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    HAHA good thinking... Atleast he wasnt a crazy pric k....
     
  4. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    How ironic, weren't we just going through this a few days ago on here when you were trying to avoid hooking the 12V power up to the trailer plug???? :laughing:

    Glad you got off easy GV, my experiences with the DOT generally turn out the same.
     
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    You should get your solder gun and heat shrink out and set it up that way permanent. Could save you a lot ot hassle's in the future. You will know if the dump works the break away battery is charged,
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I'll clean up the wiring over the weekend so I can close the lid.
     
  7. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    Do you take fluid film with you everywhere LOL
     
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    $20 says it the same the next time I see you. LOL
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I didn't say what weekend!
     
  10. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    [​IMG] :drinkup:

    WOW you're lazy!
     
  11. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    I've never seen DOT jack up a trailer to check the breakaway.Always had them pull open the switch and then stand on my running board or watching from the ground as I try to move forward.I always tell them to first disconnect my trailer plug so there's no chance of a controller becoming toast.By me,south of you in the Hudson Valley,there's no such thing as that 3 month waiver.Sometimes,you can be stopped more than once in a day.Now,with NY being almost bankrupt,you just know if they stop you,you will get some ticket to justify their existence.
     
  12. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439



    wesport


    You beat me to it lol. Glad it worked out though.
     
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I'll take a picture of the sticker they put on the truck.
     
  14. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I like the fix,(and the can of FF)
     
  15. Rat_Power_78

    Rat_Power_78 Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    You are sure lucky he gave you a chance to get that breakaway working. I had one of my trailers get put out of service for it not working.
     
  16. alwayz-plowin

    alwayz-plowin Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    this guy was nice! I cant believe he let him do that!
    idk if my guys would even think/ know how to rewire it on the spot like that!
     
  17. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    Well done there Mcgyver..........but what will you do next time you need to weld something and have a pocket full of quarters but no jumper cables?????? :)
     
  18. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Quick thinking. Nice job! :drinkup:

    :mechanic:
     
  19. Green Grass

    Green Grass PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,573

    nice thinking grandview but with my experience the DOT will not let that wire job pass. The wiring has to be properly attached and sealed to pass.
     
  20. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Well according to the sticker they put on my truck I'm good for 3 months of wave through inspections.

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