Lowering Landing Gear At Stops

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BK's Comment
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Ryan, why stay connected? Because if you lower your landing gear in the situation being used as an example, it’s only for stability. It’s really a moot point because rarely do drivers lower the landing gear at the loading dock. I’ve done it a few times. The first time I did it I was just experimenting to see what the difference would be. But I don’t do it on a habitual basis. Only when I’m feeling “cranky”. Lol

Turtle's Comment
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But why remain connected?

The better question would be "why disconnect?"

If stability is the goal of lowering the gear, disconnecting the truck from the trailer would serve no purpose.

PackRat's Comment
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But why remain connected?

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The better question would be "why disconnect?"

If stability is the goal of lowering the gear, disconnecting the truck from the trailer would serve no purpose.

That's my thought also. I would rather stay hooked with the gear lowered. With my deteriorating right shoulder, any pulling on the fifth wheel release lever is avoided. I can operate the landing gear handle with much less effort using either arm.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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But why remain connected?

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The better question would be "why disconnect?"

If stability is the goal of lowering the gear, disconnecting the truck from the trailer would serve no purpose.

I guess what I am seeing in my mind is that a trailer detached has a more stable base because the landing gear won't give as much, as compared to the truck suspension.

I make no claim to this being fact. This is merely responding to the question as to what I had in mind.

PackRat's Comment
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If the gear is lowered, that's as stable as it will ever become, whether still coupled to a tractor or not.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Only when I’m feeling “cranky”. Lol

How punny.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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If the gear is lowered, that's as stable as it will ever become, whether still coupled to a tractor or not.

Duly noted.

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