Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com logo



Landing Gear Crank Handle Positioning on Dropped Semi Trailers

Does the position of the landing gear crank handle on your dropped semi trailer matter?

About the Landing Gear Crank Handle Positioning on Dropped Semi Trailers. The photo shows a dropped semi trailer with its landing gear crank handle sticking out.We contend that it does, for at least two reasons:

  • a convenience standpoint; and
  • potential equipment damage, personal injury, and lost time.

The photo shown is of a dropped semi trailer with its handle sticking out.

When Mike saw this on the trailer next to his, he did the driver a favor by placing it properly on the hook.

Mike knew that the next driver to back next to this trailer might not be so concerned.



Equipment Damage

If a driver backs a trailer into a spot close to another with its landing gear crank handle in the ready-to-crank position, the back of the backing trailer could conceivably snap the handle right off.

Or it could conceivably bend the assembly.

See Vicki's illustrations of how this might occur.

An overhead illustration showing the back of a trailer backing into a spot next to a dropped trailer with its landing gear crank handle sticking out. This has not been drawn to scale.A close-up of part of the illustration showing the impending collision between the back of a trailer backing into a spot next to a dropped trailer with its landing gear crank handle sticking out. This has not been drawn to scale.

The images show where impending contact is about to be made.

Obviously, the trailer will need to be repaired if the handle is snapped off or badly bent.



Personal Injury

There's a common sense principle about not putting a stumbling block before the blind.

Yes, professional drivers should be watching where they are walking between trailers.

But if it is dark outside, a driver may not be counting on having to watch out for the crank handle sticking straight out from the side of the trailer parked next to his or her rig.

Imagine the pain of walking into it, even at a moderate pace.

Depending on the person's height and the position of the handle, it could hit him or her in the stomach, groin or thigh, potentially causing a significant amount of pain.

Be neighborly and practice kindness and courtesy by putting the handle back in its place.



Lost Time

Some drivers think that by just leaving the handle hanging freely but not on the hook, they've done their duty.

However, if a driver has dropped a trailer in a dock on which works a particularly vigorous forklift operator, theoretically, the bouncing of the trailer could cause the crank handle to swing such that it gets stuck under the bottom of the trailer.

It could take a significant amount of time and strength to dislodge it.

Besides being snapped off, a crank handle that gets backed into can be bent or the assembly so damaged that the landing gear has to be repaired.

If bent into an unusable state, but the assembly is still good, the driver may be faced with having to draw up the mechanism another way.

Have you ever tried to crank up 40000 pounds with a screwdriver?

It's a long, tedious, and strenuous effort.



Examples of Incorrectly Positioned Landing Gear Crank Handles

In these two examples, please notice that at a distance, it may not be apparent that the handles are incorrectly positioned. However, look at the close-ups.



A dropped refrigerated van at a receiver, left with its landing gear sticking out.This is the blurry close-up of the refrigerated van's landing gear sticking out.This refrigerated van was dropped at a receiver's location, parked by itself.



A dropped dry van at a receiver's location, with its landing gear sticking out. The proximity of the trailer on its left is such that anyone doing a walk-around inspection might have been injured if not looking.A close-up of the dropped dry van's landing gear sticking out.These are two trailers dropped side by side at a receiver.

Notice that the trailer on the left has its handle sticking out, directly toward the other trailer.



Examples of Correctly Positioned Landing Gear Crank Handles

Although this semi trailer is connected to a tractor, this is the correct position of the landing gear crank handle behind a fixed hook.Although this semi trailer is connected to a tractor, this is the correct position of the landing gear crank handle behind a fixed hook.



A close-up view of a landing gear crank handle, tucked into place behind a fixed hook on a trailer.This is a close-up view of the trailer's crank handle from above, tucked into place behind a fixed hook.


Although this semi trailer is connected to a tractor, this is the correct position of the landing gear crank handle behind a movable hook.Although this semi trailer is connected to a tractor, this is the correct position of the landing gear crank handle behind a movable hook.



A close-up view of a landing gear crank handle, tucked into place behind a movable hook on a trailer.This is a close-up view of the trailer's crank handle from above, tucked into place behind a movable hook.






truck drivers money saving tip iconMoney saving tip: Is there more to putting the landing gear crank handle back in place after dropping a trailer than you thought?

The way you leave it can end up costing you a lot of money and possibly some time.

It could also do damage to a fellow driver.

Do yourself (and others) a money saving favor by being diligent to replace the handle behind the hook every time.

Save yourself the unneeded expense of repairs and personal injury.






Return from Landing Gear Crank Handle Positioning on Dropped Semi Trailers to our Tricks of the Trade page



Get Started Using a Load Board

Click here to get your first
30 days of TruckersEdge FREE!






Recommended Trucker Accessories











Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com home page Contact Us. Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe to our channel on YouTube. Subscribe to our Truckers Savings Blog. Subscribe to Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter. Follow us on Pinterest. Like us on Facebook. TDMST Social Media 7 Radial Dial


 

Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com icon

Truck-Drivers-Money-Saving-Tips.com

Copyright © 2009-2019. All Rights Reserved. NKBJ InfoNet, LLC
All information on this site is intended for informational and educational purposes.
It neither substitutes for professional advice nor negates user responsibility to do due diligence.

NKBJ InfoNet, LLC
262 Eastgate Drive #311
Aiken, SC 29803-7698
(800) 955-9549

Subscribe to Blog. Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips Email Newsletter Find us on Facebook. Find us on Pinterest. Find us on Twitter. Find us on YouTube.