All posts by Kingpin Specialists

The Cost of Ignoring the Kingpin

The fifth wheel gets all the attention when fleets are doing connection maintenance and repairs. The kingpin is often overlooked, and this is a problem industry wide.

But what is the cost of ignoring the kingpin?

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Commercial Trailer is Making a Banging Sound Between the Kingpin and Fifth Wheel

Did you know that thousands of truck drivers have a problem with the connection between their semi-truck and trailer? To make matters worse, when they question it, they are often told it is not a problem!

What is the problem exactly?

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Quality is Everything When Repairing Commercial Vehicles

Commercial vehicles must be maintained to maximize uptime and safely operate on public roads. Every fleet is looking for ways to reduce the total cost of operation. Quality parts and quality repairs, although often costing more initially, saves the fleet in the long term.

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How Connection Management Saves Fleets Money

“In 30-years of trucking I have never had one repair make such a difference!” exclaimed the president of a trucking fleet in North Carolina. What is this one repair that made such a difference?

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Kingpin Maintenance is a Recommended Practice for Fleets

“We’ve never done any maintenance on our kingpins before…” is something we commonly hear from fleet maintenance managers. When we hear this, we know that their fleet is going to have above normal wear and damage on their kingpins and will need a lot of repairs.

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Wear and Damage to Kingpins and Fifth Wheels Unavoidable but Manageable

Anytime you have metal in contact with metal wear and damage can occur. The fifth wheel of the truck and the kingpin of the trailer are both composed of high-strength steel. The more the connection between the truck and trailer is stressed, the higher the wear rate. Wear is unavoidable but it is manageable!

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3 Ways Connection Between Commercial Trucks and Trailers is Stressed

Fleets that keep their equipment constantly moving experience a high wear rate on their kingpin and fifth wheels. The daily stops and tight locations that they navigate to make their deliveries result in added stress on the truck and trailer connection.

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Kingpins and Fifth Wheels Susceptible to Wear and Damage

Commercial trucks and trailers are the backbone of our society. These semi-trucks connected to trailers are filled with all the essentials of life including food, clothing, medicine, and household goods. To keep them operating safely on our roads they require regular maintenance and repairs. 

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Kingpin Specialists COVID-19 Response

As many would agree 2020 has proven to be an extremely challenging year for everyone.  With the continued threat of COVID- 19, Kingpin Specialists continues to provide service to our customers.  Please take a moment to see what actions we have taken to ensure the proper safety precautions. 

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There’s More to a Kingpin Than People Realize

Learn the importance of taking care of your kingpin, and about the experts who will help ensure your fleet’s trailers stay on the road.

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