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G-Town's Comment
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Michael it’s been stated several times; company drivers are not authorized to perform the work you just described. Most of us have no desire to drive all day, then wrench all night.

Although your point is understood, and it may well apply to your owner operation, it does not apply to the overwhelming majority of drivers posting to this forum.

Michael W.'s Comment
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Michael it’s been stated several times; company drivers are not authorized to perform the work you just described. Most of us have no desire to drive all day, then wrench all night.

Although your point is understood, and it may well apply to your owner operation, it does not apply to the overwhelming majority of drivers posting to this forum.

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midnight fox's Comment
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So I can't install my own lowrider hydraulics?

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Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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I got frustrated when I had to pick up a trailer from an after hours drop yard that was dropped low( I assume and i could be wrong but the driver used airbag dump and lowered thelanding gear just a little that's why it was so low)..It was not fun trying to crank up a loaded trailer..41000lbs meat load in Nebraska..in order to back under it

I too call in trailer repairs..also I did not know that upon pickup of a preloaded trailer at a customer because I run reefer..if it is not running properly..im not suppose accept the load or move the trailer..just little things I learn each day.

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A refrigerated trailer.

G-Town's Comment
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I got frustrated when I had to pick up a trailer from an after hours drop yard that was dropped low( I assume and i could be wrong but the driver used airbag dump and lowered thelanding gear just a little that's why it was so low)..It was not fun trying to crank up a loaded trailer..41000lbs meat load in Nebraska..in order to back under it

I too call in trailer repairs..also I did not know that upon pickup of a preloaded trailer at a customer because I run reefer..if it is not running properly..im not suppose accept the load or move the trailer..just little things I learn each day.

That's common Bre...every week I deal with this at least once...

You could have reversed the same process by dumping your air bag suspension, locking your differential (so in essence you have all the drive-wheels working for you, thus spreading the torque) and creeping under the front lip of the trailer with the 5th-wheel blades. Once under, reintroduce the air into the suspension bags before engaging the kingpin, enabling the truck to-do the heavy lifting for you. At the very least reduces some of the cranking.

By the way... "major kudos" on checking the height BEFORE attempting to get under it. If you were to "skewer" the front of the trailer. it's an easily avoided preventable...

Great job!

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A refrigerated trailer.

Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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I got frustrated when I had to pick up a trailer from an after hours drop yard that was dropped low( I assume and i could be wrong but the driver used airbag dump and lowered thelanding gear just a little that's why it was so low)..It was not fun trying to crank up a loaded trailer..41000lbs meat load in Nebraska..in order to back under it

I too call in trailer repairs..also I did not know that upon pickup of a preloaded trailer at a customer because I run reefer..if it is not running properly..im not suppose accept the load or move the trailer..just little things I learn each day.

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That's common Bre...every week I deal with this at least once...

You could have reversed the same process by dumping your air bag suspension, locking your differential (so in essence you have all the drive-wheels working for you, thus spreading the torque) and creeping under the front lip of the trailer with the 5th-wheel blades. Once under, reintroduce the air into the suspension bags before engaging the kingpin, enabling the truck to-do the heavy lifting for you. At the very least reduces some of the cranking.

By the way... "major kudos" on checking the height BEFORE attempting to get under it. If you were to "skewer" the front of the trailer. it's an easily avoided preventable...

Great job!

Thanks G-Town! That is awesome Information to know. I actually wrote that down in my notebook. Unfortunately I have a 2020 freightliner cascadia, in which I have the differential lock but no button for air bag dump, so it's always going to be a struggle for me. Thanks Again !

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Picked up a pre-loaded trailer today, this was the driver side inside front axle tire.

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Yes, those are the steel belts you see. No way you can convince me at least a half dozen (or more) drivers before me didn't just ignore it so they wouldnt have to get it fixed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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Picked up a pre-loaded trailer today, this was the driver side inside front axle tire.

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Yes, those are the steel belts you see. No way you can convince me at least a half dozen (or more) drivers before me didn't just ignore it so they wouldnt have to get it fixed.

Wondering... was it possibly even sparking on it's last run? Hard to believe no one spotted it.

You da man!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Latest empty trailer I picked up yesterday at a UPS hub. Was informed beforehand that they usually have debris left behind, following the unload. $25 extra for us to clean it out.

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Operating While Intoxicated

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