Adventures In Stupidity

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I run for Knight currently. ^.^

Brett, it's all good if G-Town emails me.

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In lieu of that, it’s on my TT profile photo gallery. I believe you can copy and past from there into a word doc.

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I put it up on my hosting account, if anyone else wants it.

Wind Chart

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Hey thanks Grumpy.

No problem, it doesn't cost me anything, so no big deal

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
TruckerSpeir's Comment
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One evening not too long ago I was sitting in the bunk while my brother (co-driver) was backing into a trailer. Suddenly I felt something hit the wall next to me and yelled to him to stop! Sure enough, he didn't GOAL to make sure that the trailer was at the right level and it overshot the fifth wheel. Thankfully, no damage to the reefer and the only damage to the truck was a bent handhold. Could have been a lot worse.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

G-Town's Comment
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I copied this from something I recently posted in the Rookie Tips & Techniques thread, applies to the event which Paul just described...and how to prevent it:

“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:

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Notice the space (gap) 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.

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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. "An ounce of prevention is worth pound of cure."

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