Tape up your glad hands?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Infosaur, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    Fresh thread because this is specific information, but it's riot related.

    I've been thinking about how a rig can be disabled by someone on a catwalk, and it's not just a trick industry insiders would know.

    So maybe a few passes around the glad hands with duct tape so people can't pop a line off when you get swarmed?
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  3. Muddydog79

    Muddydog79 Medium Load Member

    Apr 14, 2016
    J.b. Weld
  4. Doealex

    Doealex Medium Load Member

    Feb 21, 2018
    I don’t think DOT is going to like that if you get inspected. Besides, they (rioters) can cut the lines easily if they want to disable your truck.
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  5. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    Well eventually I'll need to drop it again driver. More of a discouragement. I can slap off a red line with the palm of my hand.
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  6. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    Lol. Of course. Because they may not be able to stop the looting in the cities, but by golly, they're certainly going to make sure everyone's got the proper spacing on their reflector tape!
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  7. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    what "if" your brakes lock up, and your trailer is on fire, and you wanna save your truck.....you ain't gonna be able to think fast enough to cut the lines, cuz you're gonna jump out, forgetting you taped them....and you will lose valuable time looking for your knife, or cutting pliers.

    i say go for it, then tell us how you lost your truck, in the fire as well.
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  8. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Kansas city,Mo
    They can not like it all they want, but show me a regulation that says it’s illegal.
  9. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    Good idea and couldn’t hurt to do this.
    In this case one good thing about hollywood depictions of trucks is everytime the air lines are pulled off and the truck loses air the foot peddle is shown to go to the floor and the truck has no brakes and does not stop and plows into things and explodes. So hopefully that fear for the uninformed keeps it from happening. People do tend to believe what they see in film as the facts.
  10. Infosaur

    Infosaur Road Train Member

    I umm, know from personal experience if you drive away from a trailer without disconnecting a glad hand,,, it tends to sort it self out PDQ (and goes on my damages file.)

    (This is a reply to buddy)
  11. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    If they were able to get up on your catwalk, you've already messed up. Might as well go ahead and get out of the truck, lay on the ground and tell them to start throwing bricks.
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