Paranoia On The Road!!!!

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Bud A.'s Comment
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Great. I feel like a middle school principal at my current job. I guess there are adults who act like 13-year-olds in every line of work. Walkaround is now mandatory every single time in my mind.

Christopher W.'s Comment
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That's not paranoia, that's a smart decision.

Once, I pulled a load to a Target DC that was in Pueblo. I traveled the co550 coming from the north and was greeted by a bad snowstorm. I had barely made it on time after traveling very slowly through the mountains with chains on, having 30 minutes to spare when i got there to drop it, rehook, and shut down. They only had one trailer available and the lot beside the place was packed with no where to legally shut down. I went to go find the trailer and discovered that it was a banged-up piece of junk. The tandems wouldn't release and one of the back rims was bent. It had pressure, so i considered driving 4 miles to my shut-down location and calling for someone to come out and repair the rim.

I should've taken pictures because i discovered several months later that my company decided to mark it as an incident, claiming that I damaged the rim and drove 50 miles with 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".

Christopher W.'s Comment
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I've personally have been awoken to a very loud crashing sound. Some guy pulled away and lost his trailer. The dead head was damaged and slightly crumpled.

MRC's Comment
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Well Wine Taster you don't have to feel like the odd man out, now the entire forum is paranoid along with you!thank-you.gif Take care, MRC

Mr M's Comment
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If I ever catch someone pulling my 5th wheel I'll beat their ass on the spot.

Mr M's Comment
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Also vets regarding pulling the 5th wheel, can't you set your trailer breaks and pull forward a bit to put pressure on trailer and this will make it so tight that you can't pull the 5th wheel?

Old School's Comment
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That's correct, and you will see a lot of the old timers doing this very thing when they park.

Wine Taster's Comment
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Guess I am not too nutz then. Then again, I have literally stopped three times in the first 25 miles to make sure I didn't forget to latch a door or put something away.

Mr M's Comment
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That's correct, and you will see a lot of the old timers doing this very thing when they park.

Thank you for confirming sir! I will be doing just this.

Christopher W.'s Comment
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It's actually proper to document any previous damage that you might've discovered. I learned this the hard way.

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