How to Couple and Uncouple a Fifth Wheel

How to Couple and Uncouple a Fifth Wheel on a prime mover is a skill that should be mastered before a driver get’s their heavy combination licence. Yet there are an increasing number of photos posted on social media of trailers being dropped. We sent our resident trainer-assessor, Howard Shanks, to find out why is…

How ride height effects shockers

How ride height effects truck shockers Words and photography by Howard Shanks (diagrams supplied by Powerdown) As the title suggests, changing the ride height of your truck’s air suspension can have shocking results on the life of your shockers. Suspensions like many components on a heavy vehicle are precision pieces of equipment that play a…

How to drive an 18-Speed Roadranger

How to drive an Eaton 18-Speed Roadranger Eaton’s 18-Speed Roadranger Driver’s Instruction manual available for download at end of article.  Driving a constant mesh transmission like a 13-speed or 15-speed Roadranger transmission correctly used to be a fundamental part of truck driving, and old school truck drivers took great pride in the way they swapped…

How truck air dryers work

How truck air dryers work and how to maintain them Draining the air tanks daily was a lesson instilled into me at an early age in a very fervent manner, it became a routine task at the end of each day. For today’s drivers this is becoming a task rarely performed as more and more…

Mystold named 2018 Woolworths Carrier of the Year

Mystold named 2018 Woolworths Carrier of the Year Words and Photography by Howard Shanks Last week, Townsville based Mystgold Transport received Woolworths’ transport partners most prestigious Supply Chain accolade, the coveted 2018 Carrier of the Year. The announcement was made at the company’s sixth annual Transport Safety Day last week, hosted at Woolworths’ newly developed…

How a TRM module works (Trailer Response Management)

How a TRM module works (Trailer Response Management) Words and photography by Howard Shanks. Images supplied by Knorr-Bremse The Knorr-Bremse Trailer Response Management (TRM) module is a device that improves heavy vehicle brake response time and significantly reduces combination stopping distance. It is an essential piece of equipment for prime movers without an electronic braking…

Understanding Eaton Ultrashift

How to drive an Eaton Ultrashift Eaton Ultrashift driver’s instruction manual available for download at end of article.  Eaton’s Ultrashift Plus 18-speed transmission is arguably the simplest of the heavy-duty line haul ATM gearboxes in the market to operate. There are only a few selections required to get your rig moving. For instance, to go…

Buyer Beware – Volvo trucks Not so Australian Made!

Buyer Beware –  Volvo trucks Not so Australian Made! Images supplied Images supplied to Roadtrains.com.au this week confirm rumours that Volvo Trucks are fully importing vehicles into Australia. What’s wrong with that you may ask? After all Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz, Western Star, Scania and host of Japanese manufacturers all do it. Yes, but what those manufacturers…

How to Manually Release Truck Brakes

How to Manually Release Truck Brakes or cage brakes Words and Illustrations by Howard Shanks In certain emergency situations, for instance, when an air brake system failure has happened and you need to move your truck to a safe position you may need to manually release the brakes to enable the vehicle to be moved.…