Doubles

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Chris W.'s Comment
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UPS offered to pay for my doubles endorsement because they want me carrying doubles. Does anyone on here carry doubles? If so do you like it? How much different is it then 53ft trailers? Does anyone know if it is a good idea to get the free training and carry doubles?

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I have done doubles for almost 5 years now, they are ok. If I didn't have to hook another set in the winter I certainly wouldnt lose any sleep.

Just have to be careful with you lane changing as a sudden jerk on the wheel is magnified on the rear trailer and can put it on its side.

They bend in the middle so you can make tighter turns easier. However because they bend in the middle you can't really back up so you have to make sure you can always for forward.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Chris W.'s Comment
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thank you

I have done doubles for almost 5 years now, they are ok. If I didn't have to hook another set in the winter I certainly wouldnt lose any sleep.

Just have to be careful with you lane changing as a sudden jerk on the wheel is magnified on the rear trailer and can put it on its side.

They bend in the middle so you can make tighter turns easier. However because they bend in the middle you can't really back up so you have to make sure you can always for forward.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Delco Dave's Comment
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I say go for it!!! I run them most nights. I bring a 53 Van from my home terminal to our main. 9 out of 10 times they send me home with a set. I’m still new to it all and enjoy building a set, haven’t had to do it in winter yet though! I prefer a set due to my home terminal being very tight. Pups are easier to dock. Docking a 53 blindside is tough anywhere, even more so at my terminal. Theres no where to turn around to sight side when I get back and just enough room to pull off the blindside with a single screw.

As Bobcat said, smooth lane changes and slower then posted speed on/off ramps. Your tail pup follows your lead so less off tracking on turns. More things to check with pre/post trip. Double check your paperwork, lighter trailer must be the tail. If heavier pup is on tail it will sway and possibly tip over.

Keep a hammer and extra glad hand seals in your truck. Sometimes the pintle locks get stuck and you need to tap them open to hook your gear. You can use the safety chain hook but its a pain and dangerous for your fingers.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

G-Town's Comment
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I started this thread while I was Running Doubles .

All of the forum drivers running doubles and triples contributed.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Auggie69's Comment
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UPS offered to pay for my doubles endorsement because they want me carrying doubles. Does anyone on here carry doubles? If so do you like it? How much different is it then 53ft trailers? Does anyone know if it is a good idea to get the free training and carry doubles?

Where are you taking training for doubles that costs money? Doubles is only an endorsement. You study the commercial drivers manual you take the test and get the endorsement. Does UPS have its own driving school?

The only fee I can think of is actually re-printing your license but that is determined by what state you’re in.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

G-Town's Comment
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…it’s probably the DOT fees. Geez I hope UPS gives him some training…

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Auggie69's Comment
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…it’s probably the DOT fees. Geez I hope UPS gives him some training…

You would think 😀

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Chris W.'s Comment
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I accepted the offer of getting doubles endorsement.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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