Tips, Tricks, And Techniques For Rookie Drivers

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G-Town's Comment
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“Hooking”, “coupling” definitely an area that requires careful attention. Trailers set too high, cranked too high can either cause a “high-hook” coupling or overriding the kingpin. I have always G.O.A.L.’d before getting completely under any trailer. Here is why...

As follows; yesterday morning an image of a trailer set too high that will likely cause a high-hook to occur, invariably resulting with dropping a loaded trailer. This is how it looked:


Notice the space between the lower edge of the trailer and the fifth wheel plate. No way it will positively couple. It required lowering the trailer so the edge is just touching the center pivot of the fifth wheel.

Here is the same angle after lowering the trailer a couple of inches.


This entire process required no more than 5 minutes, but likely saved 10x that time and a preventable in the event of a dropped trailer. G.O.A.L.’ing isn’t just for backing or close-quarter maneuvering. Performing this check before getting completely under a trailer part of my routine, I never skip it.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Thanks G-Town. Great stuff!

Ginger Twist's Comment
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I used to live on the ridge top of a mountain a mile high in elevation and some of the tricks we used when things would freeze over, which it did often in winter. Keep a pray bottle with 3 parts vinegar/ 1 part water in it, spray outside of windshield and windows and it will keep then from getting a layer of ice on them overnight. Wipe windshield wiper blades with alcohol wipes, it will keep them from sticking to the window. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in a spray bottle. If door and locks freeze spray sanitizer in it to unfreeze. Keep a small bag of kitty litter, if stuck on ice throw some under the tires to give traction to get rolling. It will save you from having to ruin your car mats. Spray Cooking Spray along the rubber and the cracks of your doors to keep them from freezing shut overnight. Rub headlights with toothpaste and rinse with warm water, keeps headlights clear in cold weather. Rub in car wax after to keep snow and ice from sticking to the lights.

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