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Ya just can't belly load those trailers. I have seen more than one go down before. At 2700 pounds an engine it has to be diesels, not much gas engine stuff going out in ag today. Looks like an insurance claim to me. Best figure out where the salvage will be sold to bid on the lot, probably need to beef up the garden tractor frame tho. :thumbs:
 

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We sell trailers like that here where I work. Kind of sad the way some manufactures make their trailers. With the walls being 1/4" thick something had to give. I bet there was a crack or hole in the roof of that thing and no one said anything about it.
 

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This makes me wonder! Of all the trucks I pass or pass me everyday how many have exceeded the engineered stress life and are on the verge of breaking? I wonder why we don't see this more often?
 

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Ya just can't belly load those trailers. I have seen more than one go down before. At 2700 pounds an engine it has to be diesels, not much gas engine stuff going out in ag today. Looks like an insurance claim to me. Best figure out where the salvage will be sold to bid on the lot, probably need to beef up the garden tractor frame tho. :thumbs:
I remember a train derailment near here with several carloads of new cars on it. They all went to salvage and every part had to be destroyed so they would never get on the road even as repair parts.
 

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Lots of diff quality trailers made for sure. At GM, they will not allow trailers over 10yrs old to be used for delivery or pick-up of parts. They DO check the dates on tags when they come in. Know of some held back and had to transfer to better trailers before allowed in. For awhile we had many Mexican shippers come in with some real Doozies, bad tires and such. Amazing how Fork Truck Drivers can scrape up sides on them when no wear bars are built in and done in short time span. I have seen soft floor spots and sides torn out where they meet floors from forks and popped connectors. Many roofs get holes poked in them from tall racks that are made to just fit into a trailer with little room on sides or tops. The tips are usually just thin alum with braces or fiberglass and easy to tear them up with angled lift or too high when going out to dock that is not real level. BTDT myself when first started on FTK! This sounds like they just put too much in the trailer for safe hauls. Trying to save a Buck and messed up instead!
 

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I used to work security at Wix Filters in Gastonia. They were moving machinery across the highway from one plant to another. Truck went over the railroad tracks and broke in half blocking both the road and the track. IT was the fifth trailer that they had broke that year. One collapsed at the loading dock. Seems like they never learned the lesson.
 
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