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Posted By D2Denny Monday, February 11, 2019 4:01 AM
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WOW! What a lot of monkeying around to drop & hook different trailers. The company I drove for had "Spotting Service" right in the name, meaning we had hourly drivers working to spot trailers in docks of high volume manufacturers to load or unload. First week I worked for them I spotted trailers at a plant less than half mile away from terminal. Spent 8 hours, moved close to 40 trailers a day, and drove about 20-25 miles a day. I spotted 40, 45, and a couple 48 ft trailers. Used an IH S-1700 single axle with steel blocks supporting the rear axle against the frame. Rode rough but landing gear was easy to crank. When I started driving over the road everything moved on twin screw tractors. I was given company credit cards for fuel and small repairs and Illinois Tollway cars that I used the daylights out of. Tolls would be the ONLY advantage of all that busy work switching from 2 to 3 or 3 to 2 axle configuration. IF the driver was getting paid by the trip.
Similar to a topic I saw a couple months ago on another forum about IH's all wheel drive semi-tractor. Was supposedly popular out west in the high mountain passes that could get several feet of snow in just hours. Another answer to a question with many other better answers.
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Did not know PIE or Overnite used Jiflox. Only remembered Roadway using them. I worked for Yellow during the Roadway merger and they were soon phased out. Thanks for posting the video. The video looks fairly easy, but try doing it at an end of line terminal with an un-plowed or poorly plowed yard in the dark in the snow and cold.

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I never saw CF using a Jeep or Joe Dog but back in the 1960s at PIE we had to suffer the use of Jifflox Convertors.
Here is a video of a Jifflox at Overnite.

http://www.truckingboards.com/bb/threads/jifflox.66114/

There are photos of Jifflox online but I could not download any.

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Does any one have photos of a CF jeep axle or a tractor with one hooked to it? I worked for CF during the 70's when these were being phased out. The standard fleet tractor in the 60's and early 70's was a two axle sleeper Freightliner with a fleet designation number 18- followed by the unit number. To convert it to a 3 axle power unit, to pull long boxes, a Freightliner manufactured 4 to 6 converter was hooked to the 18 series tractor. The jeep axle or "joe dog" had a fleet designation of 101- followed by the specific unit number. I have written an article for our club newsletter and would like to include a photo if possible. I have yet to find one.
Thx

Dennis

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