The best accessory item to include on any heavy truck is a quick connect to allow an air line to be attached. The most obvious use would be to facilitate attaching an air line to inflate tires on an at needed basis. Perhaps, the existence of a quick connect and available compressed air would encourage weekly maintenance of tire pressures. The benefit of improved fuel efficiency and prolonged tire life comes to mind. A flat tire is the third most common cause of Out of Service during government Truck inspections. A quick connect would put the truck back in service if there is not an audible air leak or visible damage to the tire. This quick connect could also be used to inflate the air system with another truck in the fleet, in the event the truck does not start, and the mechanic wishes to tow the truck from yard, to the shop. With the air pressure up, the brakes can be released, and the truck towed. Fire departments have utilized this method to keep air tanks on fire trucks aired-up and ready to respond to emergencies for decades. So, consider adding a quick connect to the air system next time the truck is in the shop for maintenance.
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