LTL Linehaul position pulling doubles

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Sam1000, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2016
    And for God's sake, if you see some cowboy backing his lead trailer up with the dolly on the back, don't try that until you have at least a year's experience. Much frustration could ensue.
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  3. SidewaysBentHalo

    SidewaysBentHalo Medium Load Member

    Jun 19, 2016
    Im guilty if this. Trying to learn how. Usually pull it off before frustration hits. Just not sure if its easier with plunger in or out.
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  4. LtlAnonymous

    LtlAnonymous Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2016
    I have honestly never found that it made a difference one way or the other. It just takes a little bit of time to develop the ESP to start steering before you think you need to steer.
  5. skytrash

    skytrash Light Load Member

    Apr 6, 2017
    denton , tx
    when I was leased to a company pulling doubles, we usually dropped the back and docked the front. there were a few times I had to dock a pup in between 2 53's. with a sleeper truck , that's always fun
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  6. McUzi

    McUzi Road Train Member

    Jan 14, 2018
    I wouldn’t mention the backing to build the set, although it may be something you have to do for the carriers road test.
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  7. upnorthwpg

    upnorthwpg Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2011
    19 years pulling doubles and triples. Don’t sweat it. It’s more important to get a system down for joking and breaking g and stick with it. You will get better with practice. Backing A-train dollies is frowned upon as has been mentioned.
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  8. Naptown

    Naptown Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    I'm confused. Is OP asking about backing a set, or single pups? No one will ever expect you to back a set, it will be discouraged by management in general, and if you find yourself in a position where you have to it usually means you messed up.

    There are guys that can do it, and some of them are even fairly good at it, but to my mind it's mostly done for show. There's a guy at my first destination that loves to back his set and put his rear box in the door without unhooking first. And when he does, there are at least five pissed off drivers cussing because they can't get around him to get their own work done.

    Now backing your lead with a dolly on is worth learning. It comes in handy on rough dirt lots, inclines, and wintertime. But again, I see guys that will spend 5 minutes and a bunch of pull ups instead of 30 seconds to drop the dolly by hand.

    What's my point? I don't have one. I just got home and I'm cranky today. So do what you want, just don't get in someone else's way.
  9. Bob Dobalina

    Bob Dobalina Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    The "Buckeye"
    I was thinking he meant backing trailers in general. I was envisioning he's maybe a FedEx Ground guy who has only ever had to hook to pre-made sets. I have heard of guys in that situation where the contractor they worked for had runs where that was the case. Drivers who have literally never had to back up since they were rookies.
  10. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Valrico FL
    I think you had a good point. Backing doubles is just for show and you won't be expected to do it.
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  11. Sam1000

    Sam1000 Bobtail Member

    Sep 15, 2015
    When I got my class A license i immediately went to work for a guy pulling double trailers hauling dirt, gravel, etc. That's the reason I don't have any experience backing any type of trailer. I bet it's difficult backing a set of doubles, I've tried it and they start to go all over the place after a couple feet. The only experience I have backing a single trailer is when I went to truck school and it was just enough to pass my test.

    When you got hired with these companies, did they take you on a drive to see if you could drive and back up? I worked for a company a couple months ago that they didn't take me on a driving test until I was hired and a few days before I started actually working.
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