Fifth Wheel Release Tool

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Joseph I.'s Comment
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I am in second week of driving and will be pulling almost exclusively dry van loads with some days 3 or 4 drop and pickups. At 6' tall I still think the release handle is hard to reach and a pain to deal with. Is one of these pin or handle release tools worth owning and is one better than the rest or is it pretty easy to make my own? Thanks

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
PackRat's Comment
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Lots of drivers use them, but I never have at 6 feet tall.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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A lot of our drivers have this.

They are made by one of our drivers, all the drivers that bought them love since it is a hammer as well it cuts down on what you need to carry.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I use mine all of the time, love it. I keep it in the side box on the drivers side.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Which brings up a question. A few times my release handle won’t pull out. I have to get back in the truck and do the back and forth thing until it frees up. Why does that happen?

Gladhand's Comment
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Which brings up a question. A few times my release handle won’t pull out. I have to get back in the truck and do the back and forth thing until it frees up. Why does that happen?

Pressure on the fifth wheel. Got to back into it to relieve the pressure.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Too funny Bruce... I literally just started a thread about this? I also do the back and forth thing like you do

Scott D.'s Comment
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A lot of our drivers have this.

They are made by one of our drivers, all the drivers that bought them love since it is a hammer as well it cuts down on what you need to carry.

thanks for the link... totally grabbing one of these

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Too funny Bruce... I literally just started a threat about this? I also do the back and forth thing like you do

JYK9, I’m glad it only happens a small percentage of the time, I think in 4 months it’s happened twice.

You on vacation or just home time?

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.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Was on my way to Ohio and got a call from a dispatcher to switch loads at the I-80 in Walcott so we can get a driver home... I'm about 2 and a half hours from home wish he would have called me earlier since I don't meet the other driver till later tonight. Could have had Easter dinner with my girls went through Des Moines early this morningconfused.gifwtf.gif

Dispatcher:

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.
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