Got Stuck Today

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Jamie's Comment
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Well dropping and hooking at a Kimberly Clark OLIN ogden around noon today, I got stuck while dropping my empty trailer in a dirt lot with ice, water and some snow. Full blown stuck, couldn't get any type of traction no matter what I tried(even hooking back up to the trailer for added weight. But nope. I was almost ready to give up and call crete after spending about 30-40 minutes stuck when I got the idea of putting my tire chains on, about this time another Crete driver showed up and I asked if he by any chance had cat litter or anything to help me gain traction again but sadly he did not. But he was super friendly and helpful, stayed and helped me put the chains on and even then we were having trouble but after another 15-20 minutes maybe we finally got it, we had to use the other chains I had as a type of traction device for the chains on my tire, so we placed them right at the bottom of the tire and kept doing that over and over as each time I got a few inches more and finally we got thr truck on stuck, and didnt cost anything but a small amount of time.

Lesson learned, I'll be prepared for anything like that in the future. Going to buy some stuff to help me out during that time. Better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.

PackRat's Comment
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Lesson learned, I'll be prepared for anything like that in the future. Going to buy some stuff to help me out during that time. Better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.

Careful with that, Jamie! Don't turn into another me! There's a fine line between "having things" to "I may need that....eventually".

Keith A.'s Comment
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I scored a box of ice melt from one of my customers and it now sits in a plastic tub in my side box. It's been enough to get my out of any dock so far that has been a little slick.

Country boy's Comment
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Are you running super singles by any chance, Jamie?

Super Singles:

A single, wide wheel substituted for a tandem (two wheel) assembly. The main benefit of a super single is a reduction in weight and lower rolling resistance which provide better fuel economy. The disadvantage is the lack of tire redundancy (or a 'backup tire' in case of a blowout) from which tandem wheels benefit. A tire blowout is more dangerous with a super single and can not be driven on.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Careful with that, Jamie! Don't turn into another me! There's a fine line between "having things" to "I may need that....eventually".

I chuckled after reading that, PackRat. Out of curiosity, what are one or two things you’ve unnecessarily hoarded? For me, I realized last night I’ve stockpiled about 15 ice bags… Because one day, at one of our OC’s, I went to get ice and they were out of bags. So apparently I’ve been hoarding ice bags, have about 15, and no longer have a use or need for ice. Fortunately, theIr combined weight is almost 0 pounds, and they don’t take up much space. Perhaps this should be the topic of a new thread: So What Do You Hoard?

PackRat's Comment
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Trailer doorseals.

Gladhand seals.

Trip sheets to Transflo.

Spare lights for the trailers.

Spare mudflaps for the trailers.

Pens and spiral notebooks.

None of these are unnecessary, though.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Agreed. I’d like to have more spare lights and mudflaps than I do, but I’d be expected to pay for more than the allotted amount that’s been issued to me. When I use one of my spare lights for a trailer, I turn in the defective light for a new one, so that I always have at least one spare available. I picked up a trailer earlier today that was missing a mudflap, but I was at an OC, so one of our shop techs put one on in seconds. Can never have too many seals.

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