Optimizing back-of-cab connections for ROI opportunity

Optimizing back-of-cab connections for ROI opportunity

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times:  There is no one size fits all solution or silver bullet to components used within the industry. Every segment, every application, every fleet, every truck, may need to do things a bit differently. 

This goes for truck and trailer adapters and cables as well. Just like every other component in the industry, when it comes to complexity–there is more than meets the eye. While shopping around, it’s important to take things at more than face value. Consider the needs of your fleet while deciding what back-of-cab components will suit your trucks best. Ongoing development over the years has altered the dynamic of this product category. 

The question no longer revolves strictly on functionality and cost of business. Now, fleets are seeing an opportunity for ROI from simplified installations and limited service requirements for the connecting point on truck/trailer combinations. 

You know that old adage that you’re only as strong as your weakest link? This saying quite literally applies to your trucks, too. On-road repairs and unexpected downtime can eat away at timely deliveries and fleet efficiency. Back-of-cab componentry, if not installed correctly, can be a big contributor to that.

Vehicle safety and proper operations depend on the maintenance and upkeep of your truck and trailer electrical system. Making sure that connections are secure and protected from the elements is a crucial step in protecting the health of the component

The first line of defense is to purchase products that are designed to combat corrosion. Using nylon, or molded materials, as opposed to metal is an easy way to prevent it, but it’s important to remember that the use of incompatible solvents may result in the softening, crazing and/or cracking of the connection’s plastic parts. 

When it comes to electrical systems on trucks and trailers, it all depends on proper, healthy wiring. So if  you find that wiring needs replacing, always do so with an equal or heavier gauge of wire than was used in the original specifications. If you don’t, it may cause voltage supply problems. 

Remember, just like every other component in the industry, your back-of-cab components can fall into disrepair if not appropriately maintained. 

Through the correct specs, installation, and maintenance, cables that link the tractor and the trailer can achieve optimal performance and ensure an uninterrupted ride from point A to point B. 

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