Another Storage Mistake

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BK's Comment
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Recently, I had something from the overhead compartment fall on my head while going over very rough road. I hate to hurt my head because I don’t like to damage something that has never been used. So, I fixed that issue. Yesterday, I learned another lesson. I was on I40 and I hit one of the most vioLent dips in the road I’ve ever encountered. Almost burned up on re-entry.

Suddenly, my windshield wipers go into hyper-mode (no rain), and I can not turn them off. Also notice my entire electrical system is out, engine is shut down and no power steering. I get the truck wrestled to the shoulder, get out and put my safety triangles out. At this point I’m sure I’m going to have to call in for road service or a tow. Then I have to figure out how to stop the wipers. Ahh! Battery disconnect switch, right? So, I turn the switch beneath the drivers seat and the wipers stop. Then I employ my Sherlock Holmes powers, and I notice that the switch had already been partially turned off, enough to cut electrical power. Well, I keep a 28 oz. Claw hammer down there next to where the switch is. The hammer had bounced against the switch and turned it. Reset the switch and everything was good again. Repositioned the hammer so this will not happen again. Learned something new and different, so I thought I’d share my latest Twilight Zone experience, lol.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Recently, I had something from the overhead compartment fall on my head while going over very rough road. I hate to hurt my head because I don’t like to damage something that has never been used. So, I fixed that issue. Yesterday, I learned another lesson. I was on I40 and I hit one of the most vioLent dips in the road I’ve ever encountered. Almost burned up on re-entry.

Suddenly, my windshield wipers go into hyper-mode (no rain), and I can not turn them off. Also notice my entire electrical system is out, engine is shut down and no power steering. I get the truck wrestled to the shoulder, get out and put my safety triangles out. At this point I’m sure I’m going to have to call in for road service or a tow. Then I have to figure out how to stop the wipers. Ahh! Battery disconnect switch, right? So, I turn the switch beneath the drivers seat and the wipers stop. Then I employ my Sherlock Holmes powers, and I notice that the switch had already been partially turned off, enough to cut electrical power. Well, I keep a 28 oz. Claw hammer down there next to where the switch is. The hammer had bounced against the switch and turned it. Reset the switch and everything was good again. Repositioned the hammer so this will not happen again. Learned something new and different, so I thought I’d share my latest Twilight Zone experience, lol.

I thought it was your crutches ?!?rofl-3.gif

~ Anne ~

Travis's Comment
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I'm picturing you with a knot on your head and your backside burning up on reentry 🤣

Recently, I had something from the overhead compartment fall on my head while going over very rough road. I hate to hurt my head because I don’t like to damage something that has never been used. So, I fixed that issue. Yesterday, I learned another lesson. I was on I40 and I hit one of the most vioLent dips in the road I’ve ever encountered. Almost burned up on re-entry.

Suddenly, my windshield wipers go into hyper-mode (no rain), and I can not turn them off. Also notice my entire electrical system is out, engine is shut down and no power steering. I get the truck wrestled to the shoulder, get out and put my safety triangles out. At this point I’m sure I’m going to have to call in for road service or a tow. Then I have to figure out how to stop the wipers. Ahh! Battery disconnect switch, right? So, I turn the switch beneath the drivers seat and the wipers stop. Then I employ my Sherlock Holmes powers, and I notice that the switch had already been partially turned off, enough to cut electrical power. Well, I keep a 28 oz. Claw hammer down there next to where the switch is. The hammer had bounced against the switch and turned it. Reset the switch and everything was good again. Repositioned the hammer so this will not happen again. Learned something new and different, so I thought I’d share my latest Twilight Zone experience, lol.

PackRat's Comment
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Why not keep tools in the side box compartments, where they belong?

Out of curiosity, where were your safety triangles stored?

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Why not keep tools in the side box compartments, where they belong?

Out of curiosity, where were your safety triangles stored?

In....

The.......

OVERHEAD !!! rofl-3.gif confused.gif rofl-3.gif

Ergo, easily found!

~ Anne ~

ps: Innocent, honest, speculation; of course !!! sorry.gif dancing-dog.gif

BK's Comment
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Why not keep tools in the side box compartments, where they belong?

Out of curiosity, where were your safety triangles stored?

Well I like that particular hammer under the seat for immediate access. Tandem pin persuader, self defense and busting up ice bags from truck stops. I have found a better place for that hammer where it can’t come in contact with the switch.

Safety triangles are in the storage box in the side compartment. Thinking of moving them to the overhead compartment now that I have moved the crutches and have the extra room. Lol.

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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".

Ryan B.'s Comment
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About a month ago I was driving through a construction zone that was especially rough. Doing 50 through a 55, and I would have slowed down more, if I had known how rough it was going to be. Anyway, the vibration killed something with headlights. Being that I am not mechanically inclined, I had to drive an hour-and-a-half back to company yard to have the shop check out the lights. Everything worked just fine when I pulled into the shop bay. One of them moments where I swear technology is intentionally trolling me.confused.gif

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Wow BK, from all your recent "accidents" in-cab, maybe you should send to whoever in safety, "Things NOT to store overhead" LOL so it can be entwined into training newbs hahaha Sorry, I couldn't stop laughing after reading this 1

BK's Comment
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Wow BK, from all your recent "accidents" in-cab, maybe you should send to whoever in safety, "Things NOT to store overhead" LOL so it can be entwined into training newbs hahaha Sorry, I couldn't stop laughing after reading this 1

Stevo, yesterday I was following a truck on interstate 55 in Illinois when a big chunk of a tire came out from underneath the truck ahead of me. I couldn’t swerve to avoid the rubber so it ended up bouncing around under my trailer where it severed two brake lines. All fixed by roadside service 3 hours later and $445.77. Still made my appointment early up in Butler, WI with less than 30 minutes left on my 14 hr. clock.

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Ain't THAT the "Truckin'Truth!!" confused.gif sorry.gif rofl-3.gif

~ Anne ~

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