Swapping trailers on the truck stops . . .

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  1. BigJohn_76

    BigJohn_76 Bobtail Member

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    Hello truckers
    I was recently watching some videos on YT about trucks and i've noticed that sometimes truckers swap their trailer with another trucker, is this a common practice ? and what are the reasons to do that ? i can imagine that it can get pretty chaotic for the companies but maybe im wrong :) thank you for your clarification and keep on truckin' :)
     
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  3. scott180

    scott180 Medium Load Member

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    Drivers are regulated to only so many hours of driving. If you can have two drivers swap trailers at a midway point then both drivers may return to their home terminals.
    This is only one common reason of many other reasons to do list
     
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  4. BigJohn_76

    BigJohn_76 Bobtail Member

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    thank you that makes sense, cool ;)
     
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    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    how do you get the trailer "on" the truck stop?
    :rolleyes:
     
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  6. BigJohn_76

    BigJohn_76 Bobtail Member

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    :) As you can see english :) is not my native language, I'm from Czech Republic i guess it should be "at" the truck stop
     
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    nredfor88 Medium Load Member

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    We swap loads (trailers) sometimes at truck stops. Typically it's to get someone heading in the right direction for their home time. Occasionally to keep a load moving when a driver doesn't have enough time on their clock.
     
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  8. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Bonus points if u can make as much noise as possible. Bang the 5th wheel as hard as you can and have a very loud conversation with the other driver while everybody else is trying to sleep
     
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  9. BigJohn_76

    BigJohn_76 Bobtail Member

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    One more question that came to my mind, when you swap the trailer how do you know that you are not over the weigh limit i bet that there are tons of regulations about this :) Shouldn't the driver go to the weigh first to make sure that everything is ok ?
     
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    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    was just kidding you. sorry.
     
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    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    I blow the air horn too. Just a friendly good bye. LOL
     
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