Old Habits Die Very, Very Hard

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Matt M.'s Comment
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No need for fancy gadgets or boxes, just tape a spare to the frame under the hood. Hopefully it happens rarely enough the tape doesn't start becoming a large expense.

PackRat's Comment
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I have a spare door key zip tied under the hood. Kenworths have separate keys for the doors and ignition. I have three of each. Same thing for all my padlocks.

Big Scott's Comment
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On my 2016 KW T-680 you have to lock it from the outside with a key. A pet could lock you out. I keep my spare key in my front pocket at all times. It goes where I go. When I shut the truck off, my main keys, go in my back pocket.

Tom W.'s Comment
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My driver side window can be forced down from the outside. Locked myself out a few times now too so I never am going to bother getting that window repaired.

Pete B.'s Comment
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I locked myself out last week; went for a run, putting the spare key in my running shorts zipper pocket. That unbeknownst to me had a rather large hole in it. The truck stop where I was parked didn't have a lockout service that they used, but they did have the number to the local sheriff, who sent a deputy out to try and get me back in. He had all sorts of tools and gadgets, but couldn't get the door open. So, following the advice of another trucker, I found someone who also drove a Freightliner Cascadia, and though it was a 2017, and mine's a '13, his key opened my driver side door. I now have two (2) spare keys planted around my truck.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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

Pianoman's Comment
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Sorry forgot to check back on here. I guess I'm just forgetful lol.

@Patrick--all our Internationals are keyed the same as well.

To those who said I should tape the key somewhere or get a box from Walmart--I will definitely do that. I might get the box from Walmart, but for now I've got some gorilla tape I can use to secure my spare somewhere under the hood.

Funny story--this isn't the first time this has happened in this truck. First time, I had stopped on the side of the highway to "cool my tires" if you will. It was a two lane highway and I couldn't find a place to stop anywhere, and I just had to go so bad I was going crazy. The right lane on my side was ending so I pulled over where it ended and got out. I tried to get in when I was done but I had locked myself out...on the side of the highway, with the engine running, out in the middle of nowhere, with my phone still inside the cab. Thankfully there was a spare under the hood zip-tied to the oil dipstick.

I never put that spare back, so when I locked myself out yesterday it was sitting safely in the cupholder--behind the LOCKED door.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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You may want to get more copies made. Maybe hide 2 or 3 keys in various places around the truck.

Big T's Comment
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Hey Pianoman guess what I did today lol. Thankfully I am at one of the terminals so the shop was able to get me in.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Pianoman's Comment
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Hey Pianoman guess what I did today lol. Thankfully I am at one of the terminals so the shop was able to get me in.

Oh geez haha. All the times I've locked myself out of the truck, I've never been fortunate enough to do it at a terminal. When I was local, my wife locked us out of our car one time when she came with me for the day. Got back to the DC/terminal at like 2 am in the cold and couldn't get in it.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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