Melton Truck Lines Going Full Auto?

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Maurice R.'s Comment
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Hey! I have a general question about Melton! I was wondering if they are going fully auto or will they have both in the fleet? And also is there an option to ask for a manual over an automatic if you so desire!? Melton going fully automated doesn't stop me from applying but my desire is to have a manual! So these are just general questions. a truck is a truck and my ego doesn't have anything to do with this I will gladly drive an auto I was just curious! And are all the new 680's, Cascadias, and Volvos autos? Thanks and God bless! Thanks for all the help!

Matt S.'s Comment
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Having driven both, I am a fan of an automatic transmission, if anything, for safety reasons. Your attention is freed from shifting to being on the road.

Maurice R.'s Comment
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Having driven both, I am a fan of an automatic transmission, if anything, for safety reasons. Your attention is freed from shifting to being on the road.

I do agree with the safety they bring when it comes to being attentive I have driven then both as well. My only pet peave with the autos is when I'm backing into a tight spot and I barely tap the gas and it takes off and I slam in the breaks like a mad man lol this has happened in mostly Cascadias but they ride very smooth! I prefer a manual, lthe manual in my opinion is just awesome ... Unless your in traffic lol. Thanks for the input guys!

Gladhand's Comment
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Really it's where the industry is going. I imagine the only ones that will still have manuals would be heavy haul and o/o.

Maurice R.'s Comment
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Really it's where the industry is going. I imagine the only ones that will still have manuals would be heavy haul and o/o.

You are right. I know some companies still have them and smaller companies will most likely keep them! But Yea mega carriers will most likely be either all auto or a mixture of both!

Tractor Man's Comment
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Without the shifter on the floor your living room is BIGGER TOO!rofl-3.gifsmile.gif

Justin D.'s Comment
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Without the shifter on the floor your living room is BIGGER TOO!rofl-3.gifsmile.gif

Tractor Man looks to remodel. Will he go with a cozy fireplace, or that oft desired breakfast nook? dancing-banana.gif

In my short time behind the wheel I've driven a ten speed, an automatic, and a thirteen speed. The ten speed was fun to drive once I got the hang of it. The automatic was very nice. The thirteen speed was a nightmare for the two hours I attempted to drive it (different pattern than the ten I learned in kept causing me to skip 5th and go into 6th when I brought the shifter around, and those high and low gears were baffling). Given the choice give me the automatic and let me save my left from the clutching, just don't through me back into a thirteen, lol.

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Maurice R.'s Comment
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Haha thanks guys the more I drive these autos I really start to like them! I was just curious!

David S.'s Comment
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my two cents worth, I was working as an apprentist roofer right out of High School for a roofing company using state of the art pnumatic equipment. This made roofing easier and to a degree a little safer....... however, all of the shinglers were required to use the old method using chest mounted nail strippers and a roofing hammer. The reason fo this was to maintain the old method, skills and techniques of roof application. I'm currently prepareing for school and I hope to gain a lot of experience using a manual transmission before moving to an automatic.........and not the other way around. LOL

G-Town's Comment
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David S wrote:

I'm currently prepareing for school and I hope to gain a lot of experience using a manual transmission before moving to an automatic.........and not the other way around. LOL

David most schools; Company-Sponsored or Private Schools use 8 or 10 speed manual transmissions. Beyond that, it's a toss up on road training with an automatic shift or manual shift transmission truck. Most of the larger carriers are moving away from manual transmissions.

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