Are driving doubles/triples as terrifying as many make it?

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  1. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    I recently put an app with in with FXF ABQ. See what happens with that. Start out in a familiar area and see where it takes me.
     
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  3. Russian Rabbit

    Russian Rabbit Road Train Member

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    The way i like to describe doubles to someone who has never towed them before is:

    Imagine yourself walking down the street pulling a red wagon. Then image hooking ANOTHER wagon to that wagon.

    The first wagon is going to follow you (the tractor) and the second wagon is going to follow the first wagon. Sort of a mini-train.

    If you're really worried about it---- Hook a wagon to your bike and then hook another wagon to the first wagon. Exactly the same dynamics as the real thing.
     
  4. upnorthwpg

    upnorthwpg Road Train Member

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    21 years pulling triples for me. You get use to know when to hold em, know when to fold em. You don’t pull them if it’s unsafe.
     
  5. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

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    Final point of advice, and this is pretty important. Know where the hell you are supposed to be going. Some states have rules on how far off the interstate you are allowed to be. In Montana it's 2 odometer miles and my coworker has been pulled over for being 1/4 of a mile over.

    God help you if miss a turn/exit in an unfamiliar area and don't know your way around. Nevermind a citation, if you get lost with triples, you will quickly wish you didn't. Keep in mind, you are 115 feet long and have 5 individual articulation points. You can probably back up 20 feet before your roadtrain looks like a folded up train wreck.

    I've done it before which is why I am telling you all of this.
     
  6. USMC 3531

    USMC 3531 Medium Load Member

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    I don't see a issue at all bentstrider, having come out of LTL linehaul and pulling smoothbore tankers, pneumatics, and bottle trailers for almost two years myself then going back to LTL linehaul, believe me I have a new found respect for tanker drivers, others on here may have different experiences, but honestly how often do you see a tanker driver #### up out here, in my case it's very rare, wether they are fuel, milk, bulk commodities, you just don't see it, at 8 to 9 years experience pulling smoothbores you are bringing alot of experience to the table in my opinion, it will just be a matter of learning how to hook a set, getting accustomed to how a pup trailer backs up as opposed to a longer trailer which you are used to, and just how a set behaves overall on the road, you will do fine.
     
  7. expedite_it

    expedite_it Medium Load Member

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    What does being "at scale" mean in this context?
     
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  8. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

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    Top of the pay scale. Some companies it’s 1 year, some 2, some 3 and some 4 to be at the top wage the company offers.
     
  9. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    Got a call from FedEx corporate for an FXF Linehaul job out of Albuquerque last Friday. Just waiting on the terminal manager to call me up to get it all set in final motion. At least I won't have to go through another hassle of switching over license and car registration if I had to move to another state again.

    Just doing what I have to in order to avoid diving back into the too unknown.
     
  10. Gearjammin' Penguin

    Gearjammin' Penguin "Ride Fast-Truck Safe"

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    If it goes to Flagstaff and back, you just hit the jackpot.
     
  11. bentstrider83

    bentstrider83 Road Train Member

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    That would be pretty sweet. Of course it being ABQ, it could go any way from there. I mean, there's also possible turns out to Amarillo, El Paso, and Raton/Trinidad as well. But I'm not too sure about any of that. Wait and see where the cards fall with it first before I start clicking my heels in the air like an Irish Dwarf.
     
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