Do You Ever Move The Sliding Fifth Wheel?

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Austin P.'s Comment
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I just finished TNT training at Prime and I realized that my trainer never moved his sliding fifth wheel (unless he always did it when I was asleep). So is this normal?

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Jamie's Comment
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I haven't moved my fifth wheel since I went solo about 10 months ago. Never had too. Only been over weight two or three times where I had to have the load reworked, and moving the fifth wheel couldn't help during that time.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Austin, once you've got your 5th wheel set properly you shouldn't really need to move it again. I haven't moved mine in five years. It's not like your tandems which may need to be adjusted with each load.

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".

G-Town's Comment
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The only time I've ever moved it was for a brand-new tractor (it was all the way back). Set it once. If it's right? ...forget it. No need to re-adjust.

Yesterday I was in a 2020 Cascadia, 5th wheel is in the second set of holes from the front; I had 43,334 in the box and steer weight was 11,700 lbs.

All good.

Austin P.'s Comment
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Thank you all for your answers, I was worried I was worried I was missing something

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