Urgent: trailer frozen

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Penumbra, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. Penumbra

    Penumbra Light Load Member

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    Ok help!

    I just went to do a drop and hook at a facility. I’m properly hooked on to the new trailer, airlines and power are all three connected and operating properly.

    I can’t move.

    landing gear is frozen to the ground, I knocked as much ice off of it as I could and, while still connected to the ground, I should be able to move.

    my drive tires will spin, but it’s like the trailer brakes are still on (yes I made sure I had it turned off).

    I’m under my trailer now, lots of ice, but what do I do to get this thing moving?!
     
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    Penumbra Light Load Member

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  3. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    Some people use propane torch to warm up the brakes
     
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  4. Deere hunter

    Deere hunter Light Load Member

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    Pull your tractor brakes release your trailer brakes take a hammer and beat on the drum till it rings if you hear a thud it’s frozen!!
     
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  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Simple
     
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  6. TruckerPete1990

    TruckerPete1990 Road Train Member

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    Bang on the drums to make sure the brakes aren't locked up.
     
  7. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Do not even try to move other than to barely rock back and forth, if the landing gear is frozen down. Take a hammer and whack the feet hard a few times. I deal with this regularly.
    then roll them up like they should be.
    Now hope you just have shoes frozen to the drums, set your tractor brakes, release the trailer brakes and get under the trailer and hit the drums. you will be able to hear it and even see it release, when a drum releases, you may just have one, it may be all 4.
    If the drums are released, then you are going to have to put airline antifreeze in the trailer lines and keep working it until it melts the ice in whichever line or valve is frozen.
     
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  8. Penumbra

    Penumbra Light Load Member

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    I’m with you on all of the above but let’s just pretend I don’t have airline antifreeze...
     
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  9. Penumbra

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    hit the feet hit under the feet, no matter if I’m in high or low gear I can’t get the landing gear to move
     
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  10. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Do the above and if that doesn't free everything up, call your company. But first, get your hammer out and get to work.
     
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