Tug test is not a check for connection, it is a brake check

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  2. Wespipes

    Wespipes Heavy Load Member

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    Em no. It tests if it's connected
     
  3. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Light Load Member

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    No, that would be the visual jaw and fifth wheel gap check. You can tug a trailer, and still drop it because it is high hooked.
     
  4. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

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    Or you could do a tug test have it pass and the 5th wheel falls off the frame when you take a turn 20210331_103941.jpg ....ask me how i know
     
  5. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Light Load Member

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    I think you just pushed the 5th wheel eject button, and don't want to fess up.
     
  6. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    Alex ill take piss poor pretrip for 400.00
     
  7. scoobertdoo

    scoobertdoo Light Load Member

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    Pretrip? you do that during the annual inspection, right?
     
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  8. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    Seen plenty pass a visual jaw inspection and unlatch as soon as power was applied. Your looking and testing for everything. Using a tug test to check foundation brakes is pointless.
     
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  9. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

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    lol nope, there was a stress fracture in one of the main pins due to a shoddy repair from before i owned it. Whole thing came loose and released the jaws after the pin wasnt there anymore. I wish it was a 5th wheel eject button, wouldnt have cost as much as a new 5th wheel.
     
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  10. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    I do one every beginning of a tour, and numerous walk arounds, tire thumps,
    chain checks per day. If my equipment is parked unattended in a public area, I check 5th wheel before I get into the cab.
     
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