Pulling a 35’ with a tandem

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by Air Cooled, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. Air Cooled

    Air Cooled Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    I’m currently in a straight truck. Have mostly done truck and trailer and double tanks. As a tanker driver, I’m more experienced on the road and loading/unloading at dedicated accounts. I made the switch to be a local delivery driver.

    Getting into a new truck soon. 35’ trailer with a tandem tractor. It’s ALL city deliveries. Very rare highway time. I know a single screw with a 28’ pup would be a piece of cake. How is this combo? It’s a lot of tight lots. A lot of foodservice deliveries. Anyone wanna chime in on tips and experiences in this setup?
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  3. Ace Brothstein

    Ace Brothstein Bobtail Member

    Jun 18, 2017
    St. Louis, MO
    I did foodservice for 12 years. I pulled 28', 32', 36', 38', 45' and 48'. The truck I was assigned was a tandem, I didn't have any real problems, but a single axle truck is much easier to maneuver with. The 28 and 32 had a single axle at the rear of the trailer, the 36' and up had tandems moved up some. We hit a lot of curbs with the 32' trailers. the 36/38' turned about as good as the 28', since the axles were about at the same place.

    Blind side backing is a lot easier in a daycab.
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  4. BoxCarKidd

    BoxCarKidd Road Train Member

    Aug 26, 2014
    Set back axle trucks have a much better turning radius.
    Never was a true Volvo fan but an FE7 with a 28' pup could make a u'ie on a two lane country road with mating drive ways. Mail boxes have to be on the same side of the road. Those were nice in the city.
    I know that is not what you asked. Only thing I can share is this and I saw it on Schneider trailers when they were running 9670 IHC's. Asked the driver what the yellow reflective tape was about. He said that is the point just before the fairing hits the trailer. Stop before the tape and you are good. Laughed to myself, non driver. After trying to drive around a motel that the driveway stopped in the back I have them on one of my trailers. It was tight and I had to G O A L 199 times. You might be able to do that on the right side of your day cab.
    Practice using your RF spot mirror to locate clearance for the rear of your trailer. I suck at that but asked an operator how he blind side backed a into a tight spot without getting out and or pulling up. That probably requires working up to and some people will never have that talent.
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