Category Archives: Kingpin Repair

Don’t Make This Mistake with Your Kingpins

The kingpin is an essential but often forgotten component of your business. Every mile that a trailer travels adds stress and wear. As a fleet maintenance manager, you’re juggling all the typical maintenance on your fleet, while watching your budget. So what can you do to make sure the connection between truck and trailer is healthy and efficient?

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How Long Will a Kingpin Last?

When we help a fleet experiencing connection management issues bring their trailers back into compliance, one of the first questions we get asked from the fleet managers and executives is, “how long will the kingpin last?” The answer depends on several important factors.  

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Why Do I Have So Many Bad Kingpins?

“I have 100 commercial trailers and 35 of them have bad kingpins, why do I have so many bad kingpins?”

Fleet evaluations show that 25% to 35% of commercial trailers have a kingpin that is worn or damaged and needs to be immediately repaired. In this article, you will learn about the most common reasons why fleets have so many bad kingpins and what to do about it.

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A Kingpin Problem Solved – A True Story

Fleets of commercial trucks and trailers are looking to maximize uptime and lower their total cost of operation. Solving a fleetwide connection management problem is very difficult for the fleet, but it is all that we do at Kingpin Specialists. Our nationwide service allows us to address problems with the kingpins regardless of where the trailers are located and how widespread the problem has become.

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Maintaining a Fleet – Time to Call the Specialists

Managing fleet maintenance needs is a fulltime job. The industry has continued to trend towards the utilization of specialists by contracting out repair needs. This allows the inhouse technicians to focus on the daily needs of the fleet ensuring routine maintenance is completed on time and keeping the fleets equipment in service.  

So when is it time to call in the specialists?

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“There’s More to a Kingpin than Most People Realize”

Kingpin Specialists CEO Rich Lefebvre was interviewed on The Heavy-Duty Parts Report and he shared some insights about connection management.

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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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ATA Technology & Maintenance Council 2017 Annual Meeting

Come see us at the sold-out exhibit hall for the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council 2017 Annual Meeting! With over 4,500 attendees, the Nashville Music City Center is a buzz with your colleagues, customers, partners, and affiliates in the industry.

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Trailer Upper Coupler Least-Maintained Truck Component

Even since the Technology and Maintenance Council released its RP 750 report on the recommended practices for maintaining the “upper coupler structure of commercial van and flatbed trailers equipped with two-inch kingpins in a fixed-position coupler,” kingpin maintenance has not been given the importance it requires.

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It’s The Little Details That Affect a Truck’s Performance

I read an interesting article on TruckingInfo.com about the myriad problems a trucker can have with something that is (on the surface, anyway) remarkably simple: wheel-ends. I’ll certainly be the first one to admit that I’m probably not the best person to be writing this article, as I’ve not got much in the way of vehicle maintenance experience myself, but I found it fascinating the number of seemingly insignificant details that have a large affect on a truck’s performance.

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