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Tyler B.'s Comment
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A few little pieces of equipment I recommend... I am a “Night Driver” meaning I prefer riding while everyone else is “Night Night😴”. Recommend getting one of the C Cell or D Cell Mag Light flashlights. Little trick when trying to hit a Parking Slot or a Dock at night, I lay the mag down at the edge of the Line I need to hit with my Driver side Trailer tire. So no matter how hard it is to see or how well lit the lot is (or is not), I can see the mark I need to hit to get my trailer in without tagging someone next to me. This is NO REPLACEMENT FOR G.O.A.L.!!!! PURELY SUPPLIMENTAL!

Also, if your solo, you can find at TA’s across this great land, “Trailer Slide Stoppers”. I recommend them. I use one every time I pick a load. If your solo, this removes the Guess Work/Luck involved in shifting your Tandems & saves you MUCHO time & Effort. Simply Place it in the Hole in front of the Hole you need to hit with the pin, pop your Tandems, & Slide them till they hit. Then set your breaks, walk back & admire your perfect pin placement as you remove the stopper & proceed on your merry way. I am not a fan of Guess work, & this little piece of equipment is well worth the 15 bucks I spent on it.

I am sure there are other Cheat Codes more experienced drivers know & use. Feel free to add your 2 Cents, I am a Pup, & know I am still Green in comparison to more seasoned Road Warriors. Cheers All

Tandems:

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".

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".

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Jamie's Comment
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Also, if your solo, you can find at TA’s across this great land, “Trailer Slide Stoppers”. I recommend them. I use one every time I pick a load. If your solo, this removes the Guess Work/Luck involved in shifting your Tandems & saves you MUCHO time & Effort. Simply Place it in the Hole in front of the Hole you need to hit with the pin, pop your Tandems, & Slide them till they hit. Then set your breaks, walk back & admire your perfect pin placement as you remove the stopper & proceed on your merry way. I am not a fan of Guess work, & this little piece of equipment is well worth the 15 bucks I spent on it.

I didn't even know they had these, sliding tandems isn't so bad these days since I got used to it. But it is a guessing game sometimes I'm on point and other times I'm to far back or forward for the hole I need it in.

The flash light tip is also nice, didn't think of that. I don't usually have problems at night since I also love night driving. My problem is I usually get to the customer right as sun comes out and just my luck I have to backup towards the east direction and can barely see anything. rofl-3.gif

Tandems:

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".

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".

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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My tandem stops cost less than $10.

0425135001553361271.jpg0534474001553361322.jpg Bungee cords and velcro come in handy for many things.

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".

Marc Lee's Comment
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Wouldn't a trailer "hitch pin" and clip be easier, cheaper and something I already own?!?

Marc Lee's Comment
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Wouldn't a trailer "hitch pin" and clip be easier, cheaper and something I already own?!?

Maybe too small, now that I think about it!

G-Town's Comment
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For simple & precise tandem settings:

It’s so much easier, and faster to use a coin to mark on the ground depending on distance and direction, either a head of or behind the front edge of the cab step. Make sure it’s placed where it’s visible from the cab window. Spare trailer seals work as well for a ground marker.

Since it’s possible I’ll need to move the tandems up to 5 times per shift, I don’t want to waste time fastening and then unfastening a nut-bolt assembly.

Tandems:

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".

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".

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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My stop fits in the holes no fastening or on fastening to do.

What I made was cheaper than buying a hitch pin. I checked it out. The very first one I made was with black pipe. Second use it was cut in two.

Tyler B.'s Comment
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That is Creative & a nice touch. My only question is how easy is it to move Hole to Hole & take off? What I like about the one I grabbed at TA is it just slide in & slides out.

My tandem stops cost less than $10.

0425135001553361271.jpg0534474001553361322.jpg Bungee cords and velcro come in handy for many things.

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".

Tyler B.'s Comment
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Not really; the tough part is the holes are sized a specific diameter. I don’t know about a trailer hitch pin, if it’s stout enough, & also stout enough not to be Bent due to the sliding force of the trailer

Wouldn't a trailer "hitch pin" and clip be easier, cheaper and something I already own?!?

Tyler B.'s Comment
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This is a Great idea! True Trucker Ingenuity right here!

My stop fits in the holes no fastening or on fastening to do.

What I made was cheaper than buying a hitch pin. I checked it out. The very first one I made was with black pipe. Second use it was cut in two.

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