Please Somebody Help Me With Adjusting My Mirrors.

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22DRAGOO's Comment
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OK I just got my first truck and its a 2013 International prostar and for some reason no matter how I adjust my mirrors I lose sight of my trailer tandems as soon as I start my turn. It does this whether I turn right or left. Maybe I'm coin something wrong but can someone please help me out I don't want to hit anything or kill someone.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

22DRAGOO's Comment
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Also I never had this problem when I was in training and I would adjust my mirrors on my freightliner cascadia.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You'll always lose it in the main mirrors, that's why you use the convex and fender mirror to keep an eye on the blind side.

22DRAGOO's Comment
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Thank you for the reply Robert. I'll start watching those. Thanks again

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Hours Of Service

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Ad an add on, about the time you lose the trailer in the driver side convex mirror is when you need to have your head out the window or driver door open to pick up the trailer. The Pro Stars back pretty nicely

Pat M.'s Comment
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Ad an add on, about the time you lose the trailer in the driver side convex mirror is when you need to have your head out the window or driver door open to pick up the trailer. The Pro Stars back pretty nicely

not happening in a W900 or similar because the stacks are in the way. You have to use the mirror.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Ad an add on, about the time you lose the trailer in the driver side convex mirror is when you need to have your head out the window or driver door open to pick up the trailer. The Pro Stars back pretty nicely

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not happening in a W900 or similar because the stacks are in the way. You have to use the mirror.

True Pat but it's a W9, who cares lol. I mean come on, it's a W9

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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If they ever issue me a truck without fender mirrors..I would have them installed. Shop manager said they are 1k to install...well worth it. Being a company driver,the company picks up the tab,but they are a neccessity. I never used them much in school...but they are a life saver now,

Antonio M.'s Comment
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If anyone has advice on the mirrors got my light weight truck and when I drive all I see is more trailer on my right hen left after moving the mirror around as well ?

Old School's Comment
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when I drive all I see is more trailer on my right hen left after moving the mirror around

Antonio, that may not be a problem with your mirrors. Sometimes you'll get what we call a "dog legged" trailer. That just means the tandems aren't lined up properly and the trailer follows you at a slight angle. Check the pins, counting the holes on the rails, and make sure the pins on each side of the trailer are in the same holes.

It's possible the rails themselves have been bent or stressed to the point where the tandems aren't lined up properly. Get your load delivered and then let your shop or your driver manager know that the trailer needs to be repaired. It's usually not unsafe, but still should be looked at. In a situation like that I would focus first on making my delivery, then find out what they want you to do, if anything, with the trailer.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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