Whether you’re a expedited freight service or a final mile white glove delivery company, there is one thing certain about your cargo box truck: Your cargo box either has leaked in the past, is currently leaking or will leak in the future. At some point its going to be an issue, but you don’t have to live with it. Lets take a look at how to address this problem.
Your cargo box is leaking because of either damage or general ageing. General wear and tear caused from ageing results in brittle caulking and loose rivets. Physical damage on the other hand is generally the result of impacting something like a tree branch or awning. Just the slightest and apparently non damaging impact can create a leak. Prior box repairs are another frequent cause for leaks. By far, the most common area of your cargo box that sustains damage and leakage are the front corner caps and top front horizontal radius.
Water saturated plywood side walls are often the first sign that your cargo box truck is leaking. Wet & damaged cargo isn’t difficult to spot either. When ignored for to too long, water seeping from the roof makes its way to the floor and can cause a decent amount of damage in the form of dry rot. Before too long, your standing inside your leaking box truck looking at sizable holes in the floor corners that are large enough to stick your hand through. At this point however, we know it wasn’t water that caused this damage, it was neglect.
Repairing a cargo box leak can be one of the simplest repairs you ever do to your delivery truck. Other types of repairs involving turbo’s, injectors or transmissions can really hurt the wallet. A cargo box leak on the other hand could simply mean an annual reapplication of caulking along your corner caps. Or maybe it requires that you finally replace that corner cap that’s been damaged and cracked since October. Whatever the cause, it’s likely just a minor issue. And keep in mind that leakage repair on a cargo box is trial and error. Your local box repair tech may not get it on the first try. Often, it’s simply a matter of making an educated guess as to where the leak begins.
Going forward, there’s no reason to let such a small issue fester and lead into bigger problems. You’ve made too large of an investment into your delivery vehicles to let this slide. Cargo box leakage is easy to identify and easy to resolve. An extension ladder and industry specific caulking are all you need to start protecting your fleet today.
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