As truckers ply the roads of South Carolina from Myrtle Beach to Charleston to Summerville and Walterboro and beyond, they use some interesting terminology to describe their rigs and industry.


These terms provide an interesting look as to how the trucking industry works. Here are some examples:

King Pin – the pin that holds the trailer to the tractor.

Fifth Sheet – what the King pin hooks on to. Located on the tractor.

Bobtail – a tractor without a trailer.

Deadhead – a truck with no load.

Headache Rack – a steel or aluminum rack that mounts behind the cab and protects the cab from damage

Reefer – a refrigeration unit attached to a trailer.

Road Gator – tire tread pieces left on the road as a result of a blowout.

Drive Away Trucker – one who owns a tractor and moves trailers from place to place.

Hot Shot Trucker – one who specializes in express deliveries that are less than a typical load. Typically a gooseneck trailer connected to a 1 ton diesel truck.

Low Boy – a trailer with two drops in deck height

Coop, Chicken Coop, Bird Cage – a highway weigh station

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