Ask a Feeder Driver, Feeder Driver FAQ

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by 104Feeder, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Dracula

    Dracula Package Car is cake compared to this...

    He might be talking about dragging the trailer to loosen up stuck brakes. I’ve done that a bunch to trailers. Especially in the winter time when a trailer may have been sitting for a while.

    Sometimes if the brakes get wet, and the trailer sits for a while, rust or ice can lock the drums to the pads. The idea is that if you drag the wheels, you can usually bust the pads loose from the drums.
     
  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I have done that myself as well. This sounded different. It sounded like he had to modify the brakes to get the trailer on the road which is why I asked the question.
     
  3. Dracula

    Dracula Package Car is cake compared to this...

    Yeah, I’m not doing that. That’s why Automotive has a phone number.
     
  4. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    In all honestly I would never do it but I like to know how guys do things like this and what to look for so I don't get hurt by their stupidity.
     
  5. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Just do your pre-trip!
     
  6. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    I've seen tow guys do it on Highway thru Hell, but usually with some type of battery powered impact.
     
  7. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Ummm I do but if I don't know what to look for then how will I understand when there is a problem ?
     
  8. Dracula

    Dracula Package Car is cake compared to this...

    I don’t get paid to be a hero.
     
  9. Trash Panda

    Trash Panda Member

    Ive never found the need to, but did have to have it done once at my former company. Driver i met to drop and hook trailers with at the truck stop didn’t hear the air leaking on the supply side of the brake chamber. Had to have the chamber ‘caged’ in order to get it back. I wasnt the one who did it though. Lovely 3 hr wait for roadside for a 10 min job. I was pretty pissed over it that night. Wasnt the only thing i caught over the course of that run.

    One time the tandem pins didn't align with the holes in front and the back two got wedged in the rail (not in the hole) easy fix with a hammer but still shook my head over it. Senior driver ran part time hours after he retired.

    Always do a good pretrip.
     
  10. Mack37

    Mack37 Active Member

    You just supply the trailer with air and grab a 7/16 wrench or socket if I remember correctly and look for the little nut sticking out of the slack adjustor. Crank away.

    If you’ve only driven for UPS then I can see you never doing it but truck drivers used to have to adjust their own brakes all the time .
     
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  11. Trash Panda

    Trash Panda Member

    Its not just a winter thing, I've literally watched a few drivers drag the back box off a door so they didn't have to get back out of the truck to raise the gear and hook the lines up to finish the walk around and seal the box.

    With the amount of flat spots i see in trailer tires it’s no surprise this is a thing. One would assume end of progression pay would be enough for drivers to give a damn about the equipment but for whatever reason, beef they have with the company trumps taking care of the equipment.
     
  12. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    Talked to a current team driver. He told me that starting last week, in his case at least, they put a limit of $225.00 on his fuel card, which equates to about 77 gallons of diesel. It cannot be reloaded. When he called dispatch, they said he should be fueling up at UPS facilities whenever possible instead of buying fuel on the road. So, you want a driver who gets paid .90 a mile to drive out of the way to save a few cents/gallon? Like a lot of things this company does, it makes perfect sense to me...............................not. Is this happening elsewhere?
     
  13. Yeet

    Yeet Inbound, turnaround, go to town

    Validate CCR.

    Available.

    Boom, pre trip done.
     
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  14. Dracula

    Dracula Package Car is cake compared to this...

    The attitude of an alarming number of feeder drivers.
     
  15. Dracula

    Dracula Package Car is cake compared to this...

    But I can’t complain. Those drivers end up making me a lot of money.
     
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  16. Yeet

    Yeet Inbound, turnaround, go to town

    I’m not one of them, just making a joke. I get paid good money to pre trip every trailer and I do so thoroughly.
     
  17. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    But then you have to climb into the cab one extra time . Ain't nobody got time for that !!
     
  18. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    Next time you see this thank the a-hole for all the hard to crank landing gear.
     
  19. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    When I took my CDL test, there were questions about how to tell if the slack adjusters were set properly.
     
  20. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    I vaguely remember something about that.