Question about securing the dolly hook up when pulling doubles.

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  1. upnorthwpg

    upnorthwpg Road Train Member

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    We’ve had pins pulled at the fuel island. Always check when you stop. For any reason. I even check when I’m at customs.
     
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  3. LPjunior1970

    LPjunior1970 Light Load Member

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    I do the same anytime I walk out of sight of my set. Even in one of our terminals
     
  4. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Driver motioned to me, pointing downward at my truck. I pulled over and started looking. Finally found a small part of a recap coming off. Thought how in the hell did he see that at 70mph?? I didn't want to risk the cap coming off and killing someone, so I called mobile tire.

    After everything was good to go, I'm walking back to the truck and see my sleeper toolbox door wasn't shut all the way...
     
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  5. The Shadow

    The Shadow Light Load Member

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    When I’m training a new employee, I always tell them if you’re walking by your rig, look at your rig. No reason not to. If nothing else, at least lights, tires, and connections. You never know when something will break; but you can be sure that it will break.
     
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  6. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    About three months after I bought my first tractor and was leased on with a company pulling their trailers , I was at a busy intersection in one of the multiple left turn lanes .
    a car pulls up on my left and yells.
    And they tell me that the right turn is blinking on the trailer but the left turn is blinking on on the tractor.

    so when I get back to the terminal I check it and sure enough that’s true.
    Eh, some idiot company mechanic got the wires crossed On the trailer .


    so the next trailer I hitch up to Is the same way. The turn signals are reversed so I get my test light and check the pigtail on the tractor and the wires are backwards in it.

    injad been driving the truck for three months and never noticed because when I did the walk around with each trailer I turned on the parking lights and the hazards. Which blink both sides.

    i never once checked each signal separately since that required two walk around .....
     
  7. '88K100

    '88K100 Medium Load Member

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    YA,,funny how trailer connection, hitch and safety chains are bottom of the list on inspection.
    Pintle hook latch, safety chains and fifth wheel lock are most critical IMO
     
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  8. ColoradoLinehaul

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    When hooking doubles or triples, my first order of business is to put the dolly on the pintle hook, and drop the clamp down. I then pull up on it by hand to ensure it is secure and then I grab the dolly and pull up. Once I'm satisifed it's locked in, I slap the chains on, then I finish backing the front trailer and dolly under the rear trailer and connect all my hoses and electrical and do my walk around and check tires and brakes.

    I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS take a photo with my cell phone of my assembly to show the pintle hook clamp is down and latched properly and the safety chains are on, the dolly handles is in the correct position and the latch on the dolly fifth wheel is closed around the kingpin, and the latch on the tractor fifth wheel is closed around the kingpin. Pulling doubles and triples you can never cover your butt enough.

    I always re-check everything before I get back in the truck every time I stop to use the restroom or go into a weigh station or truck stop.
     
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