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I just got back from a horse show in Georgia and Florida, during my trip home I hit a bit of snow in LA, MS, and TX.  I have driven through a bit of snow before, but typically a couple of hours or a half day of snow and I am good.  I was shocked to find out how spending a bit of time in the snow caused serious mechanical issues.  The worst thing that happend to me is that my truck airbags would not inflate, this made it basically impossible to park and get out without the help of a tow truck.  then my trailer air suspension accumulated so much ice that the ride height system froze.  Finally and probably the most inconvenient is that all the doors, switches and plugs froze.  Luckily this was probably a once in a lifetime incident but still I cant get over how unprepared I was to deal with the ice and snow. fortunately I always carry a set of chains but from now on I will always carry 2, and a propane torch.

 

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Ice makes everything harder, even Canadians.

ETA: With that much air issues, I'd be looking at my air dryer maintenance history, and my own pre-trip checklist usage. Seems like you might be having some wet air pushed into the system.

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5 hours ago, Darryl&Rita said:

Ice makes everything harder, even Canadians.

ETA: With that much air issues, I'd be looking at my air dryer maintenance history, and my own pre-trip checklist usage. Seems like you might be having some wet air pushed into the system.

I agree with the Air Dryer and bleeding the tanks might also let you know there is an issue with the dryer. It's supposed to be done during pre trip inspection on every leg. How many Always do that?

  With the virtually trouble free driving most of us have had during our recent driving life, it's hard to remember  when you "HAD TO" check the oil, check the tire pressure and look at the Radiator at least once a week to make sure all was good. Most it seems just get in and drive unless there is a "Light on" and some continue even with the "Check engine" illuminated for miles. 

Hope your next trip is trouble free. 

 

Rod

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My uncle runs some trucks over the road out of the far NE US. A couple years ago they tried a few of the trailer skirts to see if there was any benefit. They didn’t find any worthwhile fuel savings, but did find a good ROI on maintenance. Their issues related to ice and snow pulling stuff apart under the trailers diminished greatly.

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