Using a semitrailer or a Container on a chassis as a secondary warehouse (additional storage) for excess stock without tying up a loading dock and nosing a trailer into a tight spot.
Has your buyer bought too much inventory or do you just need more inexpensive warehouse space?
You can store it in a trailer without tying up a loading dock. The trick is leaving the back doors of the trailer accessible so the the trailer can be used as a loading dock.
If there is plenty of space on one side and the front of the desired position for the trailer a tractor can position the trailer easily. In that case the trailer can be loaded at a loading doc and then moved into position.
If there is not enough space use a fork lift to move the trailer into the space. Here is how:
- If you will be moving the trailer on loose dirt rent a fork lift with farm tractor tires or you will waste a lot of time digging out the fork lift.
- Make sure the trailer is empty and the fork lift has enough capacity to lift half the weight of the trailer.
- Position the forklift near the accessible end of the spot where you want the trailer to go.
- Have a tractor position the trailer so it can be moved straight in. (It is hard to turn a trailer very much with a fork lift. If you need to turn the trailer slide the forks to one side or the other.)
- If there is enough space on one side for a tractor to go straight in along the side of the trailer have the tractor drive to the side of the trailer and connect the air lines. If not, connect a glad hand with a hose connected to a tire valve to the emergency line (drivers side - might be red) and put between 50 to 80 pounds of pressure on the emergency line. This releases the spring brakes on the trailer and all trailers built after 1975 have them.
- Center the fork lift to the front end of the trailer and position the wheels so the forklift is driving straight.
- Position the fork lift so most of the fork is under the trailer.
- Hook up a towing chain with a tight loop or a hook so it will stay inside the groove in the kingpin and wrap the middle of the chain to a vertical beam in the fork lift. This will keep the trailer from sliding off the fork lift.
- Hook the other end of the cable to the far side of the plate on the bottom front of the trailer that normally rides on the fifth wheel.
- Level the blades of the fork lift.
- Raise the blades of the fork lift enough so that the front edge of the trailer can dig into the blades.
- Unless the ground is not flat you should not need to raise the trailers legs and you should not just in case the trailer slips off one or more fork lift blades.
- Backup straight very slowly.
- When the trailer is in the desired position lower the fork lift blades disconnect the tow chain and the air hose.
- Adjust the legs to level the floor of the trailer.
- Put a kingpin lock on the trailer if you so desire.
- You are done!
Loading the trailer once it is in position:
If you are just going to transfer one pallet at a time you can use a forklift on the ground and a pallet jack in the trailer. If the ground is loose you need a fork lift with farm tractor tires.
You will need an truck dock plates if you want to transfer pallets from one truck to another with a pallet jack. One manufacture of dock plates is Handi-Ramp and their site has a large selection and it shows the capacity, height differential accommodated, based on the length width and thickness of the board) You can also get them at a local material handling company but the selection will be less extensive.
If you are using fork lifts you need a dock board.
When you are ready to do a trailer to trailer transfer only back the trailer up to within a foot and a half of the other truck. This will enable you to get in and out without having to use the side doors and the dock plate will work better. See the instructions on the bottom of the dock plate to see just how far apart they can be. If the incline is too steep the pallet jack will hang up. Most pallets will be higher off the ground when lifted lifting from the the wider side. You may need a longer ramp. Dock plates have legs that extend down these should be against the side of the trailer that you are moving items into to prevent the dock plate from slipping under load.
These instructions are provided as free advice. However, the author and e Learn Aid can not take responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions in these instructions. The reader takes full responsibility for any damage that might occur as a result of following these instructions.
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