How do the 2018 KW road tractors drive?

Discussion in 'ABF Freight System' started by Homesick, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Homesick

    Homesick Do I really exist if you've never seen me?

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    I drove in hurricane Michael last night with a set of pup trailers and the new KW tractor. It drove terrible. The trailers are so far back on the tandems that the tractor did not steer well. Also, with no weight on the drive tires it wanted to slide when you put on the brakes on the wet roads.
     
  2. 00mustang

    00mustang NO LTL 4 ME CAR HAUL ONLY

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    Sounds as if you were driving too fast for the conditions
     
  3. joes bar and grill

    joes bar and grill Well-Known Member

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    if you were pulling it with a twin screw the 5th wheel would be back to clear the landing gear, making the steers light
     
  4. Homesick

    Homesick Do I really exist if you've never seen me?

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    Mustang, I think you are correct and I was driving to fast for conditions!!!! Only the conditions I was driving to fast for was not the storm, the wind or the rain but the other vehicles on the road. I know you don't drive for ABF but Joe is exactly correct on the placement of the 5th wheel. With the 5th wheel all the way to the rear it creates the “teeter totter”effect. The trailer pushes down on the rear axle tires which pulls up on the steering axle tires. Also, with the 5th wheel all the way back it has the effect of making the trailers pull like “bumper pull” trailers instead of like a 5th wheel or goose neck trailer. And anyone who has ever pulled a long or heavy bumper pull trailer knows what I am talking about. It is much harder to control and much easier to loose control of.

    And Canary my friend, I think experience has much more to do with driving safely than does youth and lightening fast reflexes. But youths have to get those years of experience sometime.
     
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  5. iam4us

    iam4us Active Member

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    i dont like anything about the KW. and more on way...will take a 65mph mack anytime.
     
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  6. mad trucker

    mad trucker Road Driver

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    I love the new K.W's they ride smooth and I have had heavy pups 23,000 front 16,000 back no teter toter at all. But I hate that Buzzer for being too close. That needs to go. I called ft. smith and pointed out where they put the DEF Tank. this winter we are going to have trucks towed a lot. The snow chain is going to break and take out the tank.
     
  7. 00mustang

    00mustang NO LTL 4 ME CAR HAUL ONLY

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    Not trying to start a p*****g match here but if you ever read some of my posts you would know that I have driven for Big R and CFCC before going to carhaul. So i know all about the effects of a 5th wheel slid all the way back ,As I was told by an old timer way back when he told me if your butt hole is puckering you driving way too fast. take your foot off the pedal and enjoy the ride, better to be late and safe instead of fast on on the 11 o'clock news reel. And on your bumper pull that's why you get a car/truck and the proper hitch for what your towing, Stay safe "young grasshopper" you will be fine
     
  8. GO40

    GO40 Well-Known Member

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    The macks are finally replacing the million
    mile pos sterlings that us city scum are handed down, and we still have 3 that a third world country would not drive....
     
  9. mad trucker

    mad trucker Road Driver

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    Well Said!!!!!
     
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  10. fexex_employee

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    I hope that we don’t start buying strictly 3 axle equipment. They look cool but are as impractical for PD work as all these swing door trailers are.
     
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  11. Homesick

    Homesick Do I really exist if you've never seen me?

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    Not sure I agree with everything you said brother but most of it sound like sound advice. That puckering thing not so much. Life is exciting when other people do inconsiderate and irresponsible things while driving :)
     
  12. BIG R GUY

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    Stop making sense on here!!!
     
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  13. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    I guess that shows PIE was smarter than Big R or Carolina, they knew how dumb their drivers were and had no
    sliding 5th wheels or tamdems.
    They saved a lot on overweight tickets, by loading right.
    Not that a driver wouldn't slide either to make it ride better, if it was available.
     
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  14. mud

    mud Wonderin' AD-FREE USER

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    Keep in mind I was a dockworker at PIE in the early eighties. We loaded right and we loaded left.
     
  15. BIG R GUY

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    Having a fork left helped too...
     
  16. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    What I'd expect from a reject freight hauler.
     
  17. GO40

    GO40 Well-Known Member

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    Roadway had tractors that could be converted to screws, it was called a jiff where you had to slide the 5th wheel(s)
     
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  18. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    PIE had Jiffs also, you don't slide the 5th wheel on a jiff, it's fixed, once dolly is removed.
    Our Jiffs had one fixed position for pups and one for a 3 axle setup.
    I would not be surprised if I was not cussing Jiffs and COE Freightliners before your driving days.
     
  19. GO40

    GO40 Well-Known Member

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    Possibly so, I got my cdl in 1991. I had 10 years with Roadway & i think both the tractor & the jiff had removable pins in the 5th wheel & used a bar to slide them....I could be wrong it was a long time ago, and dont miss doing it....
     
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  20. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    I retired in 90, when PIE closed, we kept a number of drivers out on workmans comp, because of those things.
    Ours had no counterweights on the jiff and weighed a ton, big nightmare for sure.
    We never had a bar in Charl, just pulled them the nasty, greasy way.
    I ran the Carolina Turn Board, and owned no clothes without grease spots at onetime.
     

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