Smooth Bore Trailers

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by Down71, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. Down71

    Down71 Light Load Member

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    I have only been driving for two months now.
    And this week I got to experience and smooth bore trailer, and I must say I respect anyone that pulls them all the time.
    I loaded in Burlington KY and took it to Gary IN.
    I must say my ### was puckered the whole time.
    Figure out when to shift was my big problem, the product would always slam to the back right after my shifts.
    I did good with the stops and turns.
    Anyway much respect to you...
     
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  3. RAGE 18

    RAGE 18 Road Train Member

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    Scary stuff....also side to side u hit a rumble strip and over correct 2 quick and rolling you go. Specially dangerous in tight freeway on/off ramps.
     
  4. Grouch

    Grouch Road Train Member

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    Always use the "Smith System" and try to avoid making sudden moves. Some products will "slosh" more than others. You talk about changing gears, use "progressive shifting" and I believe that you will see a big improvement.
     
  5. Truck Driver

    Truck Driver Medium Load Member

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    Try to shift when the product is headed to the front of the tank. It makes for a much smoother ride. Use low RPM and very light throttle in the lower gears and raise the RPM and throttle pressure as you progress. Start slowing down well before you would with a freight box and skip gears when downshifting. You practice all that and you'll get that surge down to a minimum.
     
  6. Down71

    Down71 Light Load Member

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    Thanks for the tips. I will give them a try next time I have to pull that trailer.
     
  7. BluBeaSSt

    BluBeaSSt Light Load Member

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    My company threw my ### in front of a tank from Kansas City to Axis AL my 2nd week (of driving period), thanks to my father being a tanker yanker for years he gave me some helpful tips.

    1. Take your time
    2. starting out go slow and when you feel it jerk you back POWER DOWN and try to leave it back there
    3. Don't slam on the brakes unless you have too, and if you do stay on them.
     
  8. daf105paccar

    daf105paccar Road Train Member

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    Strange statement.
    Any liquid that hits the back will flow back to the front ,doesn't matter if you get off the peddle or not.

    To down71:what kind off driveline do you have?
    What kind off products are you hauling?(yes,there's a big difference in the way they act)
     
  9. BluBeaSSt

    BluBeaSSt Light Load Member

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    I can never get that gutless Volvo to do it :biggrin_2552:
     
  10. wsyrob

    wsyrob Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    When you pull them all the time you learn the timing of the bumps and it becomes second nature. It settles down on the interstate...until you hit some hills and need to use the brakes.
     
  11. PayCheck

    PayCheck Medium Load Member

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    Stab breaking doesn't work to well.:biggrin_2555::biggrin_2555: I only did that once.
     
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