Creep Mode. In A Automated Truck Not The Other Creep Thing

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Jim A.'s Comment
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Unfortunately due to my truck being in the shop for awhile I am using a 2016 Cascadia with a DT12 auto. I have very limited experience (like none) driving an auto. Well doing ok with it so far, backing and driving it not a problem. My problem is backing under a trailer. No matter how I try to ease it I can't seem took get locked into the kingpin without a bang most of the time. There has been times where it is smooth. Other times it is so dang jerky and hit it too hard. To all that drive an auto shift truck I hear of the creep mode but how does one get to it. Only time I see anything on dash is when it says creep mode aborted. So what is the best way to ease my truck to the trailer? Thanks I need to get better at this because I will be using this rig for a couple months and I drop and hook to 4 to 6 trailers a day. Thanks

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.

Jim A.'s Comment
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I forgot to mention I don't having a problem with backing to a dock with it.

Rob T.'s Comment
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There's a creep mode on the autos? Slipseat between 3 freightliner autos and never heard of that. If the autos do have it I'd love to know how. I prefer the autos overall but the backing definitely took a while getting used to.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I drove a F-Liner daycab with that auto-shift for over a year. I never used or figured out "creep mode" beyond seeing that "aborted" message.

As for backing & hooking under a trailer, there's nothing wrong with a decent BUMP into the kingpin. Don't worry waking the neighbors.
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Jim A.'s Comment
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I drove a F-Liner daycab with that auto-shift for over a year. I never used or figured out "creep mode" beyond seeing that "aborted" message.

As for backing & hooking under a trailer, there's nothing wrong with a decent BUMP into the kingpin. Don't worry waking the neighbors.
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LOL it isn't the neighbors I'm worried about it is more the whiplash I am getting

Turtle's Comment
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As soon as I let off the brake after putting it in gear, it goes into creep mode. At least it starts rolling under power anyway. It doesn't have nearly the same torque as when you let off the clutch in a manual though. I just baby the throttle and let it bang in there if I have to, but I've gotten better at doing it gently......... after over a year.

Dave Reid's Comment
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on my Freightshaker, the creep mode engages automatically when taking foot off brake after selecting D or R. There is a dash switch to turn it off, or it will turn itself off if the clutch temp gets too high.

However, creep mode doesn't really fully help with backing under a trailer. When the 5th wheel plate hits the underside of the trailer, the pressure will be more than creep mode can overcome and you'll need to give it a little juice to back against that pressure. It is tricky to get it just right so that you click into the pin instead of bang...and I sure can't do it every time. I've coupled with trailers twice today...once I nailed it, once I banged a bit. My student did it once and nailed it, but of course that was due to my fabulous coaching ;-).

Backing it one of the times I wish I had a manual trans....the other is when going down a mountain in snow/ice.

Unfortunately due to my truck being in the shop for awhile I am using a 2016 Cascadia with a DT12 auto. I have very limited experience (like none) driving an auto. Well doing ok with it so far, backing and driving it not a problem. My problem is backing under a trailer. No matter how I try to ease it I can't seem took get locked into the kingpin without a bang most of the time. There has been times where it is smooth. Other times it is so dang jerky and hit it too hard. To all that drive an auto shift truck I hear of the creep mode but how does one get to it. Only time I see anything on dash is when it says creep mode aborted. So what is the best way to ease my truck to the trailer? Thanks I need to get better at this because I will be using this rig for a couple months and I drop and hook to 4 to 6 trailers a day. Thanks

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Unholychaos's Comment
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In my experience, creep mode engages when you start to left off the brake. Try feathering off the brake; if you start to feel the truck about to lurch too hard, apply very slight brake pressure to slow it down.

Personally, I hate creep mode. If there was a way to disable it permanently, I'd do it in a heart beat. I'd rather back using the throttle; creep mode goes too fast for my liking, especially when dealing with tight spots or rough lots. I do tend to see it activate more often on uneven or holey lots while under heavy loads.

Turtle's Comment
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Is it wrong that my brain is now in crepe mode?

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Too much time on my hands today.

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