This is like starting trucking all over on my first day!

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by A Bug, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

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    Today I got to strap up in the Tennessee snow storm. Wet snow blowing sideways on me and just when I thought I was done with all ten straps I realized I had done all the straps on the outside of the rub rail, now how am I going to get that Conestoga closed?

    And I did it right in front of a couple other truckers as well just to make things worse.
     
  2. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Lol see what i mean, take ur time and think it thru. Once u get in a habit u wont have to think about it. Although i still catch myself every once in a. Blue moon forget to feed strap thru rub rail
     
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  3. booley

    booley Medium Load Member

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    I hope you just pulled the straps off the winches and put them behind rubrail then back onto the winches...
     
  4. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

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    The rear winch is shredding the tire when under a heavy load and when I was backing up an inclined truck parking spot. Thought I hit something when I heard the noise at first. Had to get out twice to look before realizing the winch was digging into the tire.

    It is not slide able like the rest. Is this a common problem? That supersingle is looking pretty bad where it gets shredded on the edge and needs replacing.
     
  5. beastr123

    beastr123 Road Train Member

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    Put a bump stop between the frame and axle on that axle or move the winch rearward one winch length and maybe add 1 more forward at that same distance from the center of that axle
     
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    Reason for edit: looked at the picture wrong and thought the winch was forward of the axle center
  6. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    Yes. Even with sliding winches they can slide back above the tire. Have to put a bungee on the unused winch so it doesn't slide back or they put a bolt in the winch to track so it doesn't slide back that far.
    Sometimes trailers take along time to fully inflate the airbags. If they leak, or the bags dump when the brakes are set it could take some time to air them back up.

    That's usually when it happens, when the airbags are low. But not always. Might want to remove the winch and use a ratchet strap? They make them for 4" straps. Although you can't tighten them down as tight.
     
  7. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

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    Thmis winch is bolted onto the rail do it ain't moving anywhere. Just going to have to take it off for them myself so this doesn't happen again.
     
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  8. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Grab a couple stake pocket winches for that area.
     
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  9. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Road Train Member

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    yeah, i second the stake pocket winches. they even make 'backwards" ones for connies.

    way way way better than hand ratchets. (if you can make it work, not always possible, right tool for the job and all)
     
  10. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    Do stake pocket winches work on a Conestoga?
     
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