braking on big mountains...

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by elharrison, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. rubbergearsnextyear

    rubbergearsnextyear Heavy Load Member

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    That takes all the fun out of it hand!
     
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  3. striker

    striker Road Train Member

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    I've doen Parley's several times, wet or dry, piece of cake.
     
  4. phroziac

    phroziac Road Train Member

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    Gearing depends a lot on the grade and length and youre better off starting too low than too high.

    If you're on Ashburton Rd in Yonkers, NY put it in 3rd gear at the highest before going down the big grade right before the overpass.
     
  5. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    I'm sorry but your information reflects your experience. The day you stop listening to people with more experience that's the day you become a lability. It sounds like that day has come and passed you. If Triple 7 is still a beginner with 2 million safe miles then where are you? Plus what sane driver would have a student smoke their brakes to teach them. So in my opinion your instructor could use some training himself. How do you know if Triple 7 has never pulled a full load? You don't. You've given bad unsafe advice here and we can only hope that most have seen that. So do yourself a favor and sit back and learn. Not from one but from a group.
     
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  6. GasHauler

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    Triple 7 you keep saying that your braking method is new but I disagree. I was taught by the old drivers from the 50's and 60's that pull their 79,000lbs loads over the grapevine when it was known as the ridgeroute the very same method. Back then it was two lanes and at night you'd see a blue flame out of the stack. They were powered up with the big 220 cummins. You put a turbo on those and they were the 290's we drove! We have the same braking method just with different names.
     
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  7. GasHauler

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    AGAIN, it all depends on the truck and the gearing to determine what gear to be in.
     
  8. Ruges

    Ruges Light Load Member

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    Braking on big mountains is just somthing that comes with exsperience. Hopfully your first few times are with somone who knows how todo it. Learn from them. And just remember all downgrades are not the same, And while you may become familure with your truck, your wieght can change, and the road conditions can change. What might have worked at 70K, wont necessairly work at 80k. It might take a couple years before you hit every grade in the country, So when you come up to a new one, go a bit slower then you would normaly.
     
  9. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    Good advice.
     
  10. red_eye

    red_eye Medium Load Member

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    Ok yes or no.. snubbing or steady pressure?.. I have used steady pressure for years with out problems.. was how I was taught..an it works for me.. right gear..steady pressure..
     
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  11. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

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    Ah, come on now. Just throw on the J-bar, and smoke em! :biggrin_25520:

    Ah... because it's 4 miles shorter to the yard down Parleys maybe? :biggrin_2552:
     
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