It Finally Happened To Me

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Turtle's Comment
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After delivering to Miami this morning, I was dispatched on a short hop run back up near St. Augustine, which is 30 miles or so from my mom's house. I could easily make 90 by this afternoon, so I saw an opportunity for an unplanned visit. If I hurried I could park on site, and have my folks come down for dinner.

I get to 01, and it's a pre-loaded trailer. Awesome, even better than I'd hoped. A quick swap & strap and I'm out of here.

I dropped the empty trailer and.................. pulled away without unhooking my lines......

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Yup, almost 2 years on the road now and that's the first time that's happened to me. I was simply rushing and forgot the usual order in which I drop a trailer.

Luckily the power cable was undamaged, but both airlines broke of course. I bobtailed to the nearest truck stop and $87 later I installed a new set of lines and was back in business.

For the record, I still made it to 90 in time to park and have dinner with the folks, and we're doing breakfast in the morn too after I unload.

Just shows it can happen to anybody.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

JuiceBox's Comment
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That sucks but it sounds like it all worked out in the end. I assume 01 is shipper and 90 is consignee in macro talk?

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Turtle's Comment
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That sucks but it sounds like it all worked out in the end. I assume 01 is shipper and 90 is consignee in macro talk?

Oh, yup it is. I forget that not everybody uses macros

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Turtle's Comment
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As a lesson to others, I should add that the toolbox I carry saved me from having to pay a shop for the easy repair. More than once have I pulled something out of there to keep me rolling.

Splitter's Comment
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As a lesson to others, I should add that the toolbox I carry saved me from having to pay a shop for the easy repair. More than once have I pulled something out of there to keep me rolling.

It’s funny you followed up with this. I was just trying to visualize what tools I needed to get to be prepared for, just in case.

Old School's Comment
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I was simply rushing and forgot the usual order in which I drop a trailer.

For me, that's the big "take away" from Turtle's experience. Typically nothing good comes from rushing something in a big truck. That's where a very high percentage of our mistakes take place.

Just earlier this week one of our rookie solo drivers, Jamie, shared with us a mishap that occurred because he got in an unnecessary rush. Patience is a great companion out here on this job.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I did the same thing, luckily it was on my rear trailer and not the lead as the airlines like to come through the rear window.

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