Kingpin Specialists CEO Rich Lefebvre was interviewed on The Heavy-Duty Parts Report and he shared some insights about connection management.read more
“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.read more
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.
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.
Every semi-truck or tractor-trailer depends on one small piece of equipment for its connection. It’s called the King Pin. This is a pin which connects the trailer to the ‘fifth-wheel’. The receiving piece on the truck is is a horse-shoe shaped platform attached to the tractor. It’s the pivot point between the two units and receives a great deal of wear and tear. Eventually, king pin repair or replacement becomes necessary on all working rigs.read more