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ChefsJK's Comment
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Dont be this guy, always tug test and always check your pin.

ChefsJK's Comment
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Patrick C.'s Comment
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Yep, that individual is having a bad day. Not only is the trailer on the ground, but he had to of snapped his airlines and pigtail as I don't see them stretching to the trailer.

ChefsJK's Comment
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The Emergency line and electrical line were still hooked up when he dropped it. This was taken shortly after he unhooked them and started trying to raise up the trailer. He didn't know there was a high and low gear for that, but after about 30 minutes he got it up high enough to get back under it.

Jim F.'s Comment
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Thanks for posting this stuff. You would not believe what a great visual learning tool it is to actually see whats being talked about in what we are to be looking for. Can't remember if it was you or not that posted the snapped springs...That was awesome too. Can't forget stuff like this. Thanks again.

ChefsJK's Comment
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That wasn't me with the springs, but I see a lot in the yard I work at. Multiple driver have almost dropper their trailers, but luckily have caught them on their frames. A driver the other night drove over a curb, I guess to get some more space to back up to the spot and sank his truck in mud. All sorts of things happen, lol.

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PackRat's Comment
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Anytime I am away from the truck, I do a visual on the pin (with a good flashlight) once I return. Every Time! I saw a YouTube video where a dirtbag "king-pinned" a guy that he was upset with. Driver went into the truck stop, dirtbag snuck over to truck and pulled the release handle. Result was just like the above photos. Ever since seeing that, I always check.

ChefsJK's Comment
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I always check my tandem release too, never too cautious, lol.

Anytime I am away from the truck, I do a visual on the pin (with a good flashlight) once I return. Every Time! I saw a YouTube video where a dirtbag "king-pinned" a guy that he was upset with. Driver went into the truck stop, dirtbag snuck over to truck and pulled the release handle. Result was just like the above photos. Ever since seeing that, I always check.

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".

Tom W.'s Comment
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Couple weeks ago I thought I had done the same thing. Dropped a trailer in a dirt trailer yard and picked up a loaded one. Next day I came back again and saw the trailer I had dropped the day before looking just like the one photo'd there lying on the ground in the exact spot I had placed it.

Except I knew I had not done so. On a closer look I saw that the landing gear was actually lowered all the way down, the whole trailer had just sunk down all the way. Not just a few inches, I mean completely all the way down into the ground, and this place was supposed to be a drop yard.

Hammer's Comment
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In addition to visually checking before driving away, perhaps it might be a good idea to set the trailer parking brake, tug a bit, and shut down with the trailer under tension. That way it would be more difficult for someone to pull the coupling release arm?

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