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Tractor Man's Comment
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the industry had already switched from mules to diesel by then

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Must have been about the same time that both wheels on a bicycle became the same size?

Jason C.'s Comment
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That's what I hoping for. Did you have to hand crank the engine and everything

Stewart A.'s Comment
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One more thing you might try if you are still concerned is, find a private CDL school with a shifting simulator and see if they will rent time on it. Some of them will. OK, two things, you also might try contacting your new company to see if you would be able to spend a little time with someone else doing some short or local hauls. Good luck good-luck.gif

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Chad C.'s Comment
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The shifting will come back with ease. The only thing I'd recommend is double clutching instead of floating (I'm assuming you used to float lol) to avoid any fumbles during your road test. Congrats on the new job!

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Rick S.'s Comment
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One more thing you might try if you are still concerned is, find a private CDL school with a shifting simulator and see if they will rent time on it. Some of them will. OK, two things, you also might try contacting your new company to see if you would be able to spend a little time with someone else doing some short or local hauls. Good luck good-luck.gif

Or - with your Class A CDL - you can walk into any Ryder/Penske/Etc.- and RENT A TRACTOR for a day (or two or three). Make sure you get the INSURANCE - don't run into anything, and go to town on THEIR TRANSMISSION.

It comes back quick. I either rent a tractor, or borrow a friends a couple of times a year, just to stay frosty. It comes back quick.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Jason C.'s Comment
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Did cross my mind

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