The Driver Toolbox - So To Speak

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G-Town's Comment
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Here is a list of items I use repeatedly:

Vice grip- used for holding the tandem release bar if it will not align with the notch to hold it in place. Especially necessary on older trainers; Hyundai’s are notorious with this problem.

Wood coffee stirrers- I use these to shim the electrical connector when trying to couple to a well worn 9 pin connector on the trailer.

Extra rubber gaskets for the glad hands- these wear out quickly and will create a pesky air leak.

WD40- during the winter especially. I spray it into my locks. Spray it on the pins and release bar spring during the winter.

Flashlight- mandatory for Pretrip inspection. Cannot do this job without one.

Gloves- work gloves and neoprene fuel gloves.

Bungee cords and duct tape. The band-aids of trucking!

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".

TCB's Comment
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"I wish PackRat would add HIS two cents."

His two cents, or his ten page list of his toolbox.

G-Town's Comment
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"I wish PackRat would add HIS two cents."

His two cents, or his ten page list of his toolbox.

He will... it takes time to compile and edit a 2 page list!

PackRat's Comment
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"His 2 cents are worth 7!"

He speaks French with an Appalachian American accent, too!

Have some patience drivers! I'm actually going to start a new topic/blog on a huge variety of things like tools, recaps, clothing, seats, parking, repairs, places to eat, hardware I carry, meals, truck gadgets, endless rambling, and photos.

Stay tuned....

G-Town's Comment
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"His 2 cents are worth 7!"

Capitalist.

PackRat's Comment
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"His 2 cents are worth 7!"

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Capitalist.

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Dang right, but I leave great tips.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Hopefully not too many jokes on it, but my knees have taken a beating from 30 plus years of installing baseboards and flooring, My instructor had me check all the tires with a gauge today and fill a couple, also for anytime your kneeling down checking or fixing anything. Im going to equip a set of knee pads, as well as head mounted flashlight for hands free work. Im also going to take some of my good permaflex air hose for the emergency line air hose, It stays flexible even in extremely cold weather, is lighter and more durable than standard air hose, and winds up nicer. Also my 20 volt impact. handy as hell for bolts, screws, I keep a apex/3/8 and 1/2 drive converter with it and the batteries swap out for the cordless blower. I prefer the dewalt because they are tough as can be. but thats just personal preference.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Gabriel F.'s Comment
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Yo I was justing thinking about this the other day. Definitely bookmarking this page for when I start my career in trucking.

Thanks, Optical!

Optical's Comment
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Yo I was justing thinking about this the other day. Definitely bookmarking this page for when I start my career in trucking.

Thanks, Optical!

No problem. I know I've built my own personal stuff up and was told a few by some other drivers.

Oh, Gorilla Tape...GREAT for doing a quick patch job on an air hose to limp it to a shop or to hold something up in the truck.

Also, straps of Velcro. You'll find a use for it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Air hose my company makes and puts in all their trucks. If you don't want to make them, save your points and get one at a truck stop. Easily blows out animal and people hair, sand/dirt/pebbles, spilled food, etc.

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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