sliding tandems

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by sctrucker88, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. rollin coal

    rollin coal Road Train Member

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    I know this is an old thread but I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't have air slider tandems. I don't think I've pulled a handle on a trailer to slide any tandems in 10 years or longer. That's darn near flatbedding. I'd just rather push or pull the air button it's so much easier that way. That's the doorslammer way. Easy, lazy. It can be aggravating if you forget to set the trailer brakes and have to walk an extra trip to the cab though.
     
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  3. Roberts450

    Roberts450 Road Train Member

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    Ive been OTR trucking for almost 4 years now and never slid a tandem.
     
  4. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Those trailers are nice.Makes you never wanna go back to sliding the tandems the old fashion way.
     
  5. Driver 777

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    Can you give me a specific part make and number. I can't find anyone that knows anything about this.
     
  6. Driver 777

    Driver 777 Bobtail Member

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    Can you give me a specific part make and number. I can't find anyone that knows anything about this.
     
  7. bavarian

    bavarian Medium Load Member

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    No need for big expenses. A bungee cord does the same. I hook it up to the cross members. It doesn't release the pins entirely but gets the loose enough to pull up the handle after I rocked the truck.
     
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  8. John E Walker

    John E Walker Light Load Member

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    Rusted shut! There was a Trailer with rusted pins, It was heavy, the Scale House yanked me in a told me to slide my tandem and It wouldnt budge, nothing worked. I got on the radio and called out for help. A bull hauler pulled in and said, get in the cab, he pulled out a sledge hammer and knock the crap out of those pins. Thank you!
     
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  9. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    When the self driving trucks come along, they will have auto axle adjusting software that will calculate the required axle spacing and do it automatically.
     
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  10. John E Walker

    John E Walker Light Load Member

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    Self adjusting tandems is the future, but Today, tell the shipper to load it like a 48' and leave your tandems set for California. Most 40 foot tankers do not have sliding tandems....yet! . One reason for Sliding tandems is Paper Products is High Cube and they need 57 foot trailers. Thus Sliders are needed to bump the dock or 53' Refrigerated Vans w/ fresh Products need space to cool and they like to spread it all the way back. I say get to know the sweet spot for your trailer by weighing with with 44 gross in the box and then try to keep the pin marked at the right hole. Unfortunately, Company trailers are dropped and hooked and often have to be weighed after every new load.
     
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  11. Six9GS

    Six9GS Medium Load Member

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    I normally drive reefer trailers with the pneumatic pins. I have to go back to the tandems to either push or pull the button, depending on which type that trailer has. I have learned that I don't have to go back to release the pins back into the rail, I learned I just have to turn the trailer brakes back off, putting air into the system automatically flips that switch. Then after about 30 seconds, pull the brake back on and either edge forward or reverse for the pins to pop into the holes. That's handy for backing into a dock when I simply have to slide them all the way back. Get out and pull (or push) the button. Go back to cab, pull forward as far as it let's me. Release the trailers brakes again for 30 seconds or so, apply them again. Edge back till the pins pop in, release the brakes and back into the dock. When I'm done and go back to chock the wheels I just check the pins are properly engaged. It's easier than it sounds and both speeds up and simplifies the process.
     
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