Swift manages to do it again..

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by drvrtech77, May 8, 2021.

  1. lovesthedrive

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    Drivers dont need to move the tandems until your at the dock
     
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  3. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    If its enough to need a rotator out to lift you off the concrete barrier, its not "no big deal"
     
  4. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Double or single girder? Also, why dont you use the forward space up to your sleeper? Looks like you could easily have put the load forward 4 foot more
     
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  5. blairandgretchen

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    I think I went 2’ front 8’ rear. It was a 90’ overhead crane beam. Single.

    Could have gone another couple feet forward, but that would take up my back porch real estate:)
     
  6. skallagrime

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    As blair said, you get used to it, im 285 wb and rarely have much problem now, but when i was with another outfit running a 53 foot all the time sucked. 48 footers are same turning radius without having to watch tailswing, and adding a dump valve to the rear axle will help turns as well as save your tires scrubbing so much.

    I still occasionally curb things, but usually not as bad as many others have if damage marks on curbs are any indicator

    You can turn your steer axle stops out a little bit more to get better turning and you want to get real comfortable knowing EXACTLY where your nose is.
     
  7. skallagrime

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    Fair enough, shorter sleeper on me, can run 9' 6" in front of the trailer (18" kingpin) if i want to and generally found that saved me from needing to pay escorts as much as other guys seemed to on same size beams. Was even able to toss 60 footers on a 53' and have 0 rear overhang, didnt really need a stretch unless it was up to 70 foot (depending on rear overhang rules)
     
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  8. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Just check to make sure nothing binds up 1st in the steering
     
  9. buddyd157

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    1) the driver made a simple mistake?

    2) anyone notice the color scheme of the tow truck, on how it seems to mimic a Swift truck?
     
  10. skallagrime

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    Yes, very important to not just turn the screws all the way out to begin with, thats asking for a problem.

    Baby steps and test, and when you have it as far as youre comfortable with, put it back in half a turn because youre probably wrong that its okay and you DONT want to learn that when you're loaded to the gills with a big coil at a tight tight intersection
     
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  11. roundhouse

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    Looked like to me he could have backed off the barrier.
    Would have damaged the skirt though .
     
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