When It Rains It Pours!!!

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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Just figured I would throw this out there, so others can realize sometimes stuff happens.

I will start with I had a 1200 delivery. I tried to get in a little early. Nope not happening. I didn't get into a door until closer to 1300. So I get unloaded and run 120 miles to my next pickup. A juicy little 1k mile run. Get there only to find out that the load was picked up last Thursday. There is only one other load for our company. Then another Wolding truck pulls up. Guess where that load is going. Now it is after 1700. Day dispatch is gone, load planners are gone. So I get told to go park. I head for the nearest 'truck stop'. It is nothing more than a gas station with a big dirt lot next door. I pull in and park. Shutdown and start my EPU. Unfortunately the EPU is junk and only lasts a few hours. I go to start my truck and realize I have zero air pressure in my secondary tank. I have had a slow leak, but it shouldn't be drained in a few hours. So after I idle the truck a bit, I turn it off. Within a min the secondary tank is dry again. Wtf!!! So I look up a diagram and start investigating. It loses air so fast that I spend the next couple hours trying to find the source of the leak. Literally start the truck, build up air pressure, turn it off and run to check a single component/area. I find what is wrong, my r/h can airbag is shot. It must of blew out pulling into this crater filled dirt lot. Yes I was going slow. These ruts are pretty bad. So not only do I not have a load, I now must start my day to head towards the nearest truck stop with a maintenance shop. A Loves about 45 mins away. Pray the airbags tears doesn't become a complete blowout. The secondary air system on a Cascadia supplies air press for the front brakes, the service brakes on the trailer, and the high range selector on the transmission. What a day. Wish me luck.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Big Scott's Comment
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That's trucking. Good luck with that. Could you have had road service come to you and fix that? The good news, as a company driver it's no big deal. Hope yoj get back on the road quickly.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I fully understand it's Trucking. Just wanted to throw it out for others to see.

Right now the scene from Madagascar seems relevant. Penguin1: "Skipper, do you think we should tell them the boat's out of gas?" Skipper: "Naaaaaaaah, Just smile and wave boys, just smile and wave."

Big Scott's Comment
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LOL. I knew your intent. It's your attitude that makes you a winner.

Matthew K.'s Comment
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But did you win $100 on a scratch off ticket?

Patrick C.'s Comment
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No scratch off. But this weeks paycheck makes up for it.

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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I should say last week's running for this weeks pay, lol

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Just show I get paid weekly here is last week's paycheck. It was pitiful.

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JakeBreak's Comment
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Just show I get paid weekly here is last week's paycheck. It was pitiful.

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Lmao 613 bucks isn't pitiful. That's about what I make, of course I have the highest tier benefits max 401k and child support taken out lol

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I usually gross around the $1k mark with just under $800 take home. $613 is definitely the low end for me. I got stuck spending a week running the SE region. With nothing but short runs and a lot of time in Atlanta... it hurts the wallet.

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