How Often Do You Lube The 5th Wheel Of Your Truck?

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Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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You how we get in a hurry when we do drop and hooks or drive with the same trailer for days at a time. How often do you take the time to lube the 5th wheel?

Dave

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I've never lubed my fifth wheel. It gets done by the mechanics everytime I go to a shop. Which is pretty often unfortunately.

They do have those packs that you just lay on the fifth wheel and when you couple to a trailer the packs burst but I've never had a dry fifth wheel so I've never had to use them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I've never lubed my fifth wheel. It gets done by the mechanics everytime I go to a shop. Which is pretty often unfortunately.

They do have those packs that you just lay on the fifth wheel and when you couple to a trailer the packs burst but I've never had a dry fifth wheel so I've never had to use them.

I hardly go to the yard, so I should probably lube more often than I do. There is a video on YouTube on how to do it. One person says every six weeks.

Dave

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I can't remember ever greasing the fifth wheel for the reason Daniel mentioned - the shop will do it during a service. And trailers are usually full of grease underneath them anyhow from all of the greasy 5th wheels.

If your 5th wheel seems dry as sand and you can hear it moaning or creaking as you take a turn just throw a bag of grease on there. But I highly doubt it's necessary.

Starcar's Comment
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We used those weird plastic 5th wheel slimey disc thingies...worked like a charm !!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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We used those weird plastic 5th wheel slimey disc thingies...worked like a charm !!

Well my 5th wheel was getting shine spots on it. I guess the trailer isn't as lubed as it should have been.

Dave

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tracy W.'s Comment
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It shoild be lubed when your truck is lubed. OTR trucks usually about 15, 000 miles.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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It should be lubed when your truck is lubed. OTR trucks usually about 15, 000 miles.

Well we do a lot of Drop and Hook , so trailers don't get to the yard as often as other companies. When they do, the major emphasis is tires and air hoses and stuff like that. Lubing the trailer apron is an afterthought.

Dave

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tracy W.'s Comment
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It should be lubed when your truck is lubed. OTR trucks usually about 15, 000 miles.

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Well we do a lot of Drop and Hook , so trailers don't get to the yard as often as other companies. When they do, the major emphasis is tires and air hoses and stuff like that. Lubing the trailer apron is an afterthought.

Dave

I meant the fifth wheel...I suspect the trailer aprons are on lubed when new or at DOT annuals.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TailGunner (Ken M)'s Comment
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We have Teflon trailer aprons that do not require lube. And we keep the same trailer all the time.

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