Scenario For New Drivers

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Dan F.'s Comment
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Now that everybody’s had to say I will tell you what I have done in this exact situation several times.

1 take pictures of everything and email to every known person on the planet including yourself.

This includes a picture of where the tandems are.

If the tandems are at the rear completely, then you hooked to it at a 90° angle. If the tandems are not at the rear then you tell them you just can’t touch it “until someone moves The dangerous obstruction that is preventing me from doing my job”.

As for hooking we all know goal and you will need to do it at least twice.

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".

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I've seen trailers left like that with less than the length of the tractor between the kingpin and a building.

I don't know how they accomplished that.

You could probably jackknife it in there especially with a yard dog, that just sounds like someone was trying to be a jerk lol. It's almost as if they go out of their way to cause trouble for the next guy.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Being I have larger chains and other devices than a normal open deck driver, I’ll gladly hook to that dumpster and pull it out of the way. Dump the bags on the truck, chain it, raise it back up and it will pull on the rear rollers the same way as when they load them on the roll off truck.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I've encountered a similar scenario before. I got out and looked a gazillion times to make sure the 5th wheel was lined up with the kingpin and that i wasn't going to pick up the trailer, had the height closely matched. but yes I hooked it from the side and pulled the nose of the trailer out enough to properly rebook it.

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