Snapped Tandem Handle

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Chris L's Comment
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So I'm currently waiting at AB to swap out trailers for the load I'm picking up. The first trailer I hooked up to that was loaded when I went to pull the Tandem handle to release the pins the damm handle broke off and I fell on my ass.... A major loss of cool points! The Irony I was in the middle of my Pre-Trip when it happened. Better here in the yard than on the road. Hopefully the trailer swap will be quick so I can get on the road.

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".

PackRat's Comment
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The handle broke into separate pieces, or the pin disconnected at the linkage, and it fell out? I’ve never seen a rod or handle break.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Chris L,

Any chance you could get hold of some surveillance video of that process of you falling on your butt? It would be educational if you could post it here. Lol.

Glad you didn't get hurt.

Chris L's Comment
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Pack-Rat wrote

The handle broke into separate pieces, or the pin disconnected at the linkage, and it fell out? I’ve never seen a rod or handle break.

The part that snapped was the steel connecting rod that goes between the handle and the rod that rotates and pulls the pins back so the tandems can slide.

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".

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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If it makes you feel better, I cranked a landing gear handle once and it twisted like tin foil. It took all of my strength to hold onto it so i didny fall flat on my face. The guys in the shop asked what happened and I told them "She-Hulk broke it. Don't make me angry...you wont like me when I am angry".

PackRat's Comment
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If it makes you feel better, I cranked a landing gear handle once and it twisted like tin foil. It took all of my strength to hold onto it so i didny fall flat on my face. The guys in the shop asked what happened and I told them "She-Hulk broke it. Don't make me angry...you wont like me when I am angry".

I seem to recall you broke a lock one time, too, Wonder Woman?

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