Normal actions of a set and how to respond to them accordingly.

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by bananajohn, Oct 6, 2022.

  1. bananajohn

    bananajohn Bobtail Member

    Jul 22, 2022
    Will be driving doubles through Loveland Pass / High Wind Areas and Two Lane Highways.

    Any advice or heads up are greatly appreciated.

    Already drove them today for 150-200 miles for the first time, noticed the wind and when other trucks would pass I’d have to counter-steer, got used to riding the center (not to close though) because I’m governed at 65 and when another truck blasts by at 80 I get pushed 2 feet over.

    Anyway, this was in 1.5 MPH winds that were pushing at my rear, hit a curve that escalated in elevation and watched my rear pup (empty) drift 3ft because a gust came through and had to keep that under control, another instance was I hit some unstable road during a curve and rear pup bounced and was airborne for a second, landed at least a foot off and immediately got back in line, accelerator was full send the entire curve to keep traction and momentum, instincts told me to drive the truck.

    What do you all think?
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  3. motocross25

    motocross25 Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Overland Park, KS
    When I first started pulling wiggle wagons the old hand that trained me said there’s 3 rules. 1) Don’t look in your mirrors 2) In less than satisfactory road conditions don’t be up against the governor. If they start dancing you want to have a little extra to “power them back in line” and 3) Don’t look in your mirrors.
  4. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    I ran sets & trains in the Cascades. Moto has good advice. Don't tense up on the wheel. Easy on the corners. Heaviest trailer is your lead box. You can't deliver the load if your in the ditch.
  5. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Ignore the rear trailer when taking corners on city streets. Trailer 2 will go almost exactly where trailer 1 goes. No Panic Stops, so stay well back and expect stupit stuff to happen. My experience was 53 ft with a little pup thrown in. It took a while for me to stop swinging too wide when setting up for a pull-thru parking spot or when going around corners. Doubles just cannot tolerate crosswinds as much as other trailers, especially if one or both are empty.
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