Most of you may already know this but getting information from Portland Safety and the shop is like pulling hens teeth. The Wabash trailers in the 1680 to 1790) numbers (Approximately) have had problems with the pintel hitches pulling loose from the frame. There has been two confirmed that have been found in Portland. The shop didn't bother to make anyone aware of this problem until pushed by the drivers and the the only thing that was done was one notice posted in the dispatch window. Two of the mechanics were amazed that nothing had been told to us. As I understand it the suspect trailers are to be cycled into Portland to go to Wabash for the frame to be beefed up. Somehow I guess it is too difficult that these be sent to a dealer near where the trailers are at now. I guess Wabash/Oak Harbor must have lots of money to spend on a lawsuit if someone looses the trailer. Take the time to closely inspect for cracked welds and framework pulling loose and make sure to CYA. If any questions make sure you contact someone higher up the food chain. But don't let someone make you compromise safety. You can bet your rear (trailer) that if something goes wrong you will get the blame for not doing a proper pretrip. And for those that regularly go past scales that have nasty inspectors in them I am sure they would like to see the problem. I wonder if any of the powers to be have thought that if one of these trailers, even when pulled as a rear box, went through an inspection and found to have cracks or metal separation it would still be red tagged. Be safe and don't let Oak Harbors cheap answer to a serious safety problem cause you grief. While I am on this rant the shop is still looking for ways to cut overhead. First the maintenance goes south then the rest of the company follows. I have seen this before. Anyone else been seeing how long they let tires go?