Swift Trailer Question

Discussion in 'Swift' started by Grumppy, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    West Monroe, La
    Over the past few months, I have had the need to hook to a Swift trailer.

    What is Swifts idea behind spec-ing their trailers with the dolly handle on the right/passenger side of the trailer?
    I guess with all of Swifts intelligence, there is a reason for it, but for me, not being a Swift driver, this is odd & totally .......... well, never mind, I just wonder why they put the jack/dolly handle on the wrong side.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2019
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  2. crazy8rob

    crazy8rob Bobtail Member

    Sep 7, 2008
    Burton, MI
    I'ts the manufacturer who makes the trailer not swift, as why on the right side I haven't a clue
  3. boneebone

    boneebone Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Until recently, Swift also spec'd their company trucks and lease purchase trucks with the fifth wheel release handle on the right hand side.

    The reason they spec'd the trailer landing gear handle on the right side is most lazy drivers didn't put the handle back down so it's not sticking out after they dollied down, so it prevents a bent landing gear handle.

    Since most backing of trailers is done on the sight side, there's a greater chance if the landing gear handle was on the left side that it would be bent if it was sticking out because it couldn't be seen as easily as if it was on the sight side.

    Also if you needed to drop the trailer curbside or roadside you wouldn't be exposed or a target to passing traffic.
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  4. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    because being a Swift driver, it'll only add to the personal injury, of him getting clipped by a passing vehicle, even a 5 year old on a "big wheel"....

    on the passenger side, that lessens those odds by about 75%....since about only 25% of the "Big wheelers" still drive on the side walk...
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  5. Anywhichwaybutloose

    Anywhichwaybutloose Light Load Member

    Jun 24, 2017
    Forces the driver to actually look at the passenger side of the trailer. Dont see many drivers doing pretrips anymore.
  6. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Heavy Load Member

    Jan 25, 2017
  7. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    West Monroe, La
    This was my thought, but honestly, I had no clue as to the real reason.

    Thanks for the replies.
  8. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    The right side is, the right side.

    You lower the landing gear and pull the fifth wheel on the same side.
  9. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    But the customet specs it out. There are limitations, but putting the handle on the passanger side is a choice.

    I always assumed it was to encourage drivers to walk all the way around and posttrip before dropping.

    Another reason could be the landing gear they are using. For the Holland landing gear on a dry van or reefer if you put the crank handle on the driver's side out is high range and in is low. If you put it on the passanger side, in would be high range. So ergonomically the passanger side would be better.
  10. Tolmie

    Tolmie Medium Load Member

    Dec 22, 2017
    I thought it was because Swift wants to do everything contrary to others.
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