Tips and Tricks

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Upright, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. Sho Nuff

    Sho Nuff Road Train Member

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    I'm a union man....not allowed to do repairs.
     
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  3. Sho Nuff

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    If you can't release the 5th wheel, lock the trailer brakes and back the tactor to the kingpin.
     
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  4. Bob Dobalina

    Bob Dobalina Road Train Member

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    There should be a thread just for hammer-related tips and tricks. And vise grips. I can MacGuyver just about anything with a hammer, vise grips, and a paperclip.
     
  5. quatto

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    A can of starting fluid and a bic lighter takes care of those pesky lot lizards. Oh, and it also works on those sleazy guys who try and steal your glad hand seals.
     
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  6. Getsinyourblood

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    When you are doing your walk around pretrip, take your hammer or your hand and remove those rocks that accumulate in the landing gear pad.

    Nobody likes a cracked windshield.

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  7. Flatbed Valkyrie

    Flatbed Valkyrie Medium Load Member

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    That sounds about right.
     
  8. tscottme

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    I use a 72 inch boot shoelace and a carabiner clip. Hold the 2 loose ends of shoelace toghether and tie them together so you have 1 big loop. Loop the shoelace around the electrical pigtail and hang the other end around the trailer gladhand connection. This keeps my pigtail from pulling out while I drive over railroad tracks or when making sharp turns. Some drivers use zip ties to hold a pigtail in, I never had that work reliably.
     
  9. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    My Pete was like that. Then I got locked out and had to ask a mechanic how to break into my truck. I don't know how It happened. I must have tried 2 dozen times to lock myself out of truck, with a spare key in my pocket to see if it was possible. I thought I was safe. NOPE.

    BTW, it was WAY easier to break into my truck than put it back together afterwards without paying a mechanic, but I go it. I always had 2 spare keys on me after that.
     
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  10. realdesertkickin

    realdesertkickin Heavy Load Member

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    Or you could flip the ones that are in there
     
  11. Sho Nuff

    Sho Nuff Road Train Member

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    If you're a smoker and you slip seat, carry a small brush and some febreeze. Believe me, it'll save you from a lot unnecessary stress.
     
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