A change in season is the perfect time to perform routine bulk feed trailer maintenance. Regularly servicing bulk feed trucks and trailers will help keep your Ledwell equipment running as smoothly as possible. To help, we created a list for you to follow to make sure everything on your bulk haul equipment is running smoothly.
Before inspecting any Ledwell equipment, make sure to set the parking brake, turn on safety lights, and chock the wheels. Be aware of your surroundings while walking around your bulk feedbody.
Bulk Feed Trailer Maintenance Checklist
- Lights, wiring, reflectors, and conspicuity – working and adequately mounted.
- Ensure No rubbing or chaffing and sufficiently insulated. Check the work lights.
- Gladhand seals – inspect and replace as needed.
- Inspect upper coupler, no broken welds or cracks. Inspect kingpin and kingpin
- Landing gear is straight, with no cracks or breaks in braces and mounting brackets.
- Check crank handles for proper operation and condition.
- Inspect the top cover of each leg for holes or missing. Remove all dirt and grease.
- Plate for wear or damage. Grease all points – lubricate all grease fittings on the landing gear.
- Mudflaps and mounting – present, intact, and securely mounted.
- Air hoses and lines – no leaks, cuts, bulges, improper joints.
- Ensure no rubbing or chaffing and proper routing and insulation.
- ICC bumper – no cracks, mounted adequately.
- Power spray dirt and feed from the top of the kingpin plate. Every 30 days.
- Frame and cross members – inspect, no cracks, bends, broken welds, and end clip fasteners in place.
- Ladder and Catwalks – not bent, broken, or loose, all fasteners present and tight.
- Tarps – inspect the condition, replace if damaged. Check tarp rod and grease as needed.
- Check tension on the pull cord on the front.
- Top doors – proper mounting, seals and operation, grease handles if applicable.
- Drain moisture from all air tanks.
WHEELS & TIRES
- Tires – no flats (75 psi). No cuts, breaks, bumps, bulges, or knots.
- Free of contact with any part of the vehicle. Air tires to 110 psi and mark per procedure.
- Record tread depth 32nds: RFI: /32 RFO: /32 RRI: /32 RRO: /32 LFI· /32 LFO· /32 LRI· /32 LFO: /32
- Wheels – wheel nuts and lugs tight and none missing (torqued to 450-500-foot pounds), no cracks.
- Valve cap extenders in place; replace it if missing. Valve stems are correctly aligned.
- Hub oilers-check all hub oilers. No leaks or cracks in the glass.
- Check oil level and condition. Check for metal with a magnet.
- Visually inspect wheel seals for leaks.
- Brakes replace if the lining is less than 5/16″ measured at the center of the lining.
- Record brake thickness RF: ___ RR· ___ LF· ___ LR: ___
- Check brake adjustment by checking the pushrod travel. (Max travel on the short-stroke chamber is 2″ and 2 1/2″ on the long-stroke).
- Lubricate all fittings on brake slack adjusters and all s-cam bushings. The sleeve should be full.
AXLES & SUSPENSION
- Inspect springs, hangers, u-bolts, and brake drums – none are broken, loose, or cracked leaves, bolts, hangers, or axle housing.
- No displaced spring leaves.
- Check air ride suspension, hangers, spacers, bushings, shocks, airbags, and brackets are in good condition.
- No cracks check ride height and adjust if needed.
- Inspect discharge to upright clamp rings—grease weekly.
- Inspect upright to floor transition—grease weekly.
- Fill, cycle, and check the operation of the auto-lube system if equipped.
- Drag chain – remove covers front and rear. Inspect all sprockets, none loose, in proper alignment.
- Inspect all chain links for wear or breaks – pins and links.
- Inspect adjusters and lubricate, adjust the chain to proper tension.
- Vertical auger chain – inspect for wear, adjustment, and loose or broken chain links.
- Chainguard is mounted correctly and bolts tight. Lubricate chain.
- Grease all augers, all points. – 5 pumps of grease. Every 30 days.
- Hydraulic Hoses – inspect all, no leaks, breaks, bulges, rubbing, chaffing, proper routing, insulation, and installation.
- Hydraulic Motors and Valves – inspect, mounting bolts tight, none missing, no leaks.
- Check controls – function properly, no excessive slack.
- Check the oil level in all torque converters and gearboxes. Inspect for leaks and proper mounting.
- Check bearings. Fill with 7SW90 – 5 pumps of grease. Every 30 days.
We hope this bulk feed trailer maintenance checklist was helpful!
To make it even easier to perform routine inspections on Ledwell Feed equipment – download a copy for your shop.