Stuck Tandems

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Scott B.'s Comment
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Any of you guys have any pro tips for getting those tandems that just won't slide to go. So far a can of PB blaster, fervent prayer and violently rocking the truck back and forth with my partner in the sleeper ( admittedly my favorite part of the job ) has sufficed. Anyone got anymore tips. I would prefer rely on Divine Intervention on something more important than axle weights in the future.

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".

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Any of you guys have any pro tips for getting those tandems that just won't slide to go. So far a can of PB blaster, fervent prayer and violently rocking the truck back and forth with my partner in the sleeper ( admittedly my favorite part of the job ) has sufficed. Anyone got anymore tips. I would prefer rely on Divine Intervention on something more important than axle weights in the future.

Did you try spraying the tandem slide rails with WD-40?

Dave

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".

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Wheel chocks.

I'm cheap so instead of buying 30$ rubber wheel chocks, I use the concrete bricks that are sold in home improvement stores. I bought 4 of them. Face them long side up. They don't ever crack and if they do who cares? They're like .40c each.

You could also try using a curb, though that only works if you're moving the tandems forward. Just be careful not to get the mudflap caught between the curb and tire, if you do then it'll damage the mudflap mount.

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".

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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If you live in an area with a lot of good, solid igneous rock formations, snatched up a couple big chunks. Preferably with a flat(ish) side, at least the size of one of those little personal seedless miniature watermelons. Usually jamming one of those under the rearmost tire on either side will do it, but sometimes you need to wedge both sides.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the tips guys. I did get them after using some PB blaster, which is basically wd-40, and putting my cheap plastic chock down. Crushed the chock but the inertia shock from my back tire popping over it and then catching on other tandem broke em loose. Then had to beat one of the pins back out with my BFH. After that, it slide great and all the pins would lock. I really prefer a good old fashioned lever to these air release tandem pins.

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".

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jopa's Comment
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Wheel chocks.

I'm cheap so instead of buying 30$ rubber wheel chocks, I use the concrete bricks that are sold in home improvement stores. I bought 4 of them. Face them long side up. They don't ever crack and if they do who cares? They're like .40c each.

You could also try using a curb, though that only works if you're moving the tandems forward. Just be careful not to get the mudflap caught between the curb and tire, if you do then it'll damage the mudflap mount.

Daniel, those were actually the "red brick" type of bricks you had in your truck . . . the "concrete" type are usually hallow for pouring cement into once that are stacked up in a wall with rebar sticking through them . . . small point (but true) . . .

Jopa

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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".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Any of you guys have any pro tips for getting those tandems that just won't slide to go. So far a can of PB blaster, fervent prayer and violently rocking the truck back and forth with my partner in the sleeper ( admittedly my favorite part of the job ) has sufficed. Anyone got anymore tips. I would prefer rely on Divine Intervention on something more important than axle weights in the future.

I carry a hammer for pins that don't release. I also learned a couple of tight turns left and right can loosen things up. Finally an old trucker told me about liquid dish detergent. It's a sucfocant which helps repel water and acts as a grease. Haven't tried it yet but he swore by it

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".

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Scott B.'s Comment
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One guy told me to reverse my air lines and release and re set trailer brake if wheels are rolling. Dunno what it does but it worked. Also, heck with chocks: find a curb.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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One guy told me to reverse my air lines and release and re set trailer brake if wheels are rolling. Dunno what it does but it worked. Also, heck with chocks: find a curb.

Yes find a curb and then afterwards go find a shop and find new mudflaps.

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