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Jesse A.'s Comment
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Cool, thank you.

Jesse, your age is right in the average for truck drivers. I didn't start doing this until I was 53, and the week I got hired the same company hired another gentleman who was 73! Around 40 is almost perfect!

Errol V.'s Comment
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That's the hood, like ChickieMonster says. Also you need to crank the landing gear.

But there's two settings for the handle: "regular" (hard to move) and "easy" (ten easy turns make one regular turn - slow!)

ChickieMonster's Comment
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That's the hood, like ChickieMonster says. Also you need to crank the landing gear.

But there's two settings for the handle: "regular" (hard to move) and "easy" (ten easy turns make one regular turn - slow!)

Errol I forgot about that landing gear! Sometimes when a drop yard leaves a fully loaded trailer with the tandems all the way to the back, the landing gear can be a real beast due to all the weight on it! It just takes a little hanging on it and elbow grease but it eventually breaks looses

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".

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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That's the hood, like ChickieMonster says. Also you need to crank the landing gear.

But there's two settings for the handle: "regular" (hard to move) and "easy" (ten easy turns make one regular turn - slow!)

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Errol I forgot about that landing gear! Sometimes when a drop yard leaves a fully loaded trailer with the tandems all the way to the back, the landing gear can be a real beast due to all the weight on it! It just takes a little hanging on it and elbow grease but it eventually breaks looses

Chickie, On the low setting the gear should not offer much resistance, if any.

Maybe this is the case, but I suggest that you first try to get under the trailer before attempting to crank the landing gear. If the trailer was spotted correctly by the last road driver who dropped it, you should be able to nestle under it and slightly lift the trailer off the ground reducing force on the gear legs. If the trailer is set too high, you will be lowering it a bit and it should be easier than raising under a load. It's rare that a trailer is set too low that you cannot get under it before cranking it up.

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".

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I always hook Teddy up to the trailer before cranking up the landing gear. These meat loads are required to have the tandems all the way to the back and they are loaded with a good portion of the weight towards the back of the trailer which puts most of the weight on the landing gear.

I'm not sure why it is this way but it's almost like a suction between the ground and the feet. The weight is putting so much pressure on the landing gear that it's hard to release the "suction" effect.

We only ever have this problem with meat loads. And they are also always drop and hooks where the yard dogs have moved the trailers.

Any other reefer drivers experience this with meat loads?

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".

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Don't forget you can lower your fifth wheel a few inches. That saves a bit of cranking!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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One of our moderators here (Daniel B.) is just about the same size as you, he has been a very successful truck driver.

Wow OS, I did not expect that from you. You had a great chance to poke fun at me with a witty joke about my size but instead you called me successful. I cant say I would have done the same for you!

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If I could summarize my trucking career in a few words it wouldn't be successful, it would be "how am I still alive?"

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