17-point Truck and Trailer Inspection Form Checklist
Transportation
Use this 17-point truck and trailer inspection form to complete a thorough inspection of your truck and trailer as required when entering US borders.
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Inspection

Checklist

1. BUMBERCheck using your flashlight and inspection mirror to ensure that there’s nothing on the underside of the bumper.
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2. ENGINEMake sure that the engine is turned off first before checking the compartments and removing the filter. Make use of a mirror to ensure that all surfaces are inspected.
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3. TIRES (truck and trailer)Use a tool to vibrate all the tires of the truck and the trailer. Check the spare tire and compartment as well.
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4. TRUCK FLOORGet into the truck and check the floor. Look under the carpet and ensure that there are no other people.
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5. FUEL TANKSTap the fuel tank and listen for void sound. Use your flashlight and look inside the tank.
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6. CAB/STORAGE COMPARTMENTSCheck and make sure that the storage compartments are locked. Inspect the cab inside and outside.
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7. AIR TANKSOn the truck, tap and listen for void sound. On the trailer, inspect for any weld marks.
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8. DRIVE SHAFTSLook closely to check for repairs or new paint. Tap and listen for a hollow sound.
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9. FIFTH WHEELCheck empty spaces and the security of the battery area.
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10. OUTSIDE/UNDERCARRIAGEUse your mirror to check the inside lip. Inspect the area of the rear lights.
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11. OUTSIDE INSIDE DOORSCheck the locking mechanism and ensure that the bolts, rivets, and door hinges are secure. Look closely and observe if there are any weld marks or repairs.
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12. TRAILER FLOORLook inside the trailer and check if the floor is flat and not lifted. Make sure that the planks are bolted down.
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13. SIDE WALLSCheck the side walls for any indication of new or loose panels. If there is a loose panel, use your flashlight and take a look inside.
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14. FRONT WALLCheck if the front wall panels are secure and look closely for any signs of repair. Measure the length to ensure that there is no false wall.
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15. CEILING/ROOFMeasure the height from floor to ceiling make sure that there is no false roof. On the roof, check for new rivets and any signs of repair.
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16. REFRIGERATION UNIT (if any)Turn off the refrigeration unit before you open the doors to look inside using your flashlight.
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17. EXHAUSTBe careful as the exhaust might be hot during the inspection. Look for taped packages and make sure that the exhaust is not loose.
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Completion

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Signature

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