Saw a Yellow trailer in the middle of the highway

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  1. John Joel Glanton

    John Joel Glanton Light Load Member

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    This morning in PA. Guy lost his 2nd trailer. It was on its side in the middle of the off-ramp. Yikes!

    His tractor and first trailer were upright. I guess this is the “crack the whip” effect when pulling doubles.

    Driver was alright. He was outside with his flashlight trying to signal others. Hope police arrived before anyone hit it. Stay safe out there.
     
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  3. blairandgretchen

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  4. Dave1837

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    Same thing happened a few months ago to an XPO truck on I-70 east of Breezewood. Rear trailer was down over the guard rail and tractor and first trailer were on the road with the flashers on. The ole whip strikes again
     
  5. MACK E-6

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    Could be a backwards hook too.
     
  6. John Joel Glanton

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    You guys can’t back up doubles right? So do you generally stick to rest areas for breaks? I’m thinking of switching to LTL eventually. I think I’ll miss my sleeper and my piss jug.
     
  7. blairandgretchen

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    You can, back up, for a short period.

    You learn to plan your your maneuvers in advance.
     
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  8. blairandgretchen

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    I'd never seen an example of excessive swerving that would tip a set of doubles, or even the rear trailer over.

    This is a common misconception that excludes LTL hauling from newer entrants.

    Tankers have far more fluid/physical dangers than LTL has.

    After a million plus miles pulling doubles, I never had a problem after a good pre-trip inspection.
     
  9. Dave1837

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    The worst "crack the whip" I've seen was with a bobtail hauling 3 other tractors piggy back style. He swerved once and it took off on him, came across both lanes back and forth but eventually saved it.
    Having never ran doubles or triples I just Monday morning quarterback the crashes I see.

    As for tankers, old spring ride trailers are prone to side to side surge and rollovers, but the air ride tanks aren't bad at all. I run state routes that look like a ticked off snake every week and running a little too fast around bends it just kind of sways the tail end towards the white line. Kind of cool to watch when you're behind one lol
     
  10. John Joel Glanton

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    A few weeks ago I saw an xpo tractor and set of doubles up in a cornfield off I-80. No damage. But he was way up in there like he was trying to plow the muddy field. Must have fell asleep. Very lucky it happened there. Down the road a bit further he would have rolled off a cliff or smacked into some trees. Driver was standing on the side of the highway looking like a lost puppy.
     
  11. MACK E-6

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    They’re not too bad if done right.

    Some problems can arise though if one isn’t careful. Shippers can and do lie about what their product weighs. I recall one instance in particular where I had a delivery billed at 10,000 lbs. It was a 10 lb cardboard tube.

    A screwup like that is more than enough to fool a driver into thinking what SHOULD be the back trailer actually goes in the lead.

    Some linehaul drivers are the laziest people in the world and place entirely too much trust in what’s printed on paper instead of actually using the scale at the terminal to make sure. I suspect these are the ones that you always see having flipped their back trailer over.
     
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