Why You Should Always Check Your Fifth Wheel.

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Big T's Comment
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I went in and had dinner tonight before my delivery. When I came out to the truck I checked my seal, tires, airlines, and fifth wheel. I do this everytime I walk away from my truck.

This is what I found tonight:

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Someone pulled the release while I was inside.

Turtle's Comment
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It's despicable that someone would do that. But that's also why I check my 5th wheel every single time.

Did ya tick somebody off, and this was their attempt at revenge?

Bird 's Comment
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You have to be a real booger eater Jones to pull something like that. Pun intended. I could never do that. Drivers catches one on dash cam. If you haven't seen that video it's below.

https://youtu.be/uTMQJWKyvqg

Old School's Comment
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Did ya tick somebody off, and this was their attempt at revenge?

I doubt that is the case. Unfortunately there are a few nutcases out here who will pull this kind of nonsense just because of the company name on the truck. Every Swift driver knows what I'm talking about.

It's outrageous, but a reality that has to be dealt with.

Big T's Comment
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Nope it was an uneventful day. I think sometimes we get messed with because of the name on the door, but that's life.

One of the things I tell my students is right or wrong you have to do your job better because people are always watching for a Swift driver to screw up.

It's been a long week and this was just icing on the cake.

It's despicable that someone would do that. But that's also why I check my 5th wheel every single time.

Did ya tick somebody off, and this was their attempt at revenge?

Susan D. 's Comment
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It is terrible that someone would do that. Next time, set your trailer brakes, tug forward slightly then set your tractor brakes. The tension will prevent anyone from pulling the kingpin release.

Marc Lee's Comment
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It is terrible that someone would do that. Next time, set your trailer brakes, tug forward slightly then set your tractor brakes. The tension will prevent anyone from pulling the kingpin release.

Does that work on all coupling devices or just Jost?

Susan D. 's Comment
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Try it for yourself and see :-)

It will be impossible to pull ANY kingpin if it has tension on it, regardless of the brand.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Try it for yourself and see :-)

It will be impossible to pull ANY kingpin if it has tension on it, regardless of the brand.

Next chance I get! Thanks!

Sounds like a good standard practice!

Big T's Comment
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That is pretty much the only way to prevent it. The only reason I don't do that is because of the possibility of frozen brakes.

It is terrible that someone would do that. Next time, set your trailer brakes, tug forward slightly then set your tractor brakes. The tension will prevent anyone from pulling the kingpin release.

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