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Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Fitness Gear and Supplements While OTR

I think it's worth looking into resistance bands. I have an assortment, and they now go into the hundreds of pounds of resistance. They weigh nothing; they cost almost nothing; they take up no space; they give you an incredible workout, and you don't have to worry about them flying through the air if you ever have a terrible accident. It's also much easier to move them from truck to truck when it's time to change trucks.

I carried dumbbells back in the day. Today I'd have bands.

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Best advice for anyone lazy to think about their own good.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Do truckers bathe

I was thinking about picking up the trade only issure i can think of is not being able to bathe i have to take a dial soap shower at lease every other day or i get boils would this be a problem

It may be if you get stuck somewhere in like WY for couple of days if roads are closed. Otherwise there is no issue to get a shower every day, if you'd like to at any decent truck stop.

Posted:  9 months, 2 weeks ago

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What an experience!

As long as there are chains on and taking it easy, it should be ok.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Shifting

IMho)

Don't like the format of this forum a bit, cuz there is no way to "fix"/edit mistyped words and/or change anything. Oh, well, it's just to kill some time sometime

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Shifting

You are welcome, Anne. Honestly, it was my first time I've looked for "how to" myself just because of the OP's question. Also I knew there is a thing called 'double clutch", but never actually seeing how it is done and/or did it. Useless extra moves to do the same thing as float, inho.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Shifting

Type "how to float gears" in yt search, they will share more than one or two)

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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First snow storm

Empty? Snow? Wind?.. I'm not moving)

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Shifting

YouTube has whole variety of helpful videos with explanations first hand. It is too much to type and explain how to slowly ease off the gas pedal in order to pull the stick out and count to one two to stick the stick into the next up, or rev up the rpms to stick the stick into the next down. Just take your time and watch a few. Usually, on 10 speed it is 500 rpms+- difference between gears.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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No loads for you….

How would I handle it? Hm.. maybe start with being polite with the dispatch? Talk to them about it nicely and come up with the plan to run OTR over the weekend, so I'd not hit Sat and Sun companies being closed. Also, we can not avoid 70hr rule any way we'd try. Have to go recap or 34 reset.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Trainer Shortage?

What a story, what a mess)

I'd never train anyone anymore for any money, did it few times when I've started to drive to find a team, but after few peeps went solo till this day for the same reasons, as are in your story. Peeps are not what I'm fan of, even the nicest ones.. stop here to.. this, wain there to.. that, why are you.. that, why.. not that. And yes, give me million bux, yet I'd better go under the bridge, than train opposite sex, or.. maybe not.))

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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My New Gig

Wow, I don't even want to get an endorsement for double/triple cuz I'm lazy and it seams so cumbersome to tinker around with them. Even after watching this clip, which makes it look so easy, they would not pay me enough to do it;). Wish you well.

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question around securing a load

1: Boxes of eggs will normally be palletized, but not shrink wrapped. Think they'll tip over? DUH!

2: Stacking of the product onto the individual pallet is just as large a concern as the pallets moving around IMHO.

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1: completely forgot about the eggs.. my bad.. yeah, eggs do actually have to be strapped down, tight:)

2: once again, pallets do not move inside the trailer, ever, yet stuff can be falling down from them, tipping over, hanging over, out, in, whatever. If the load on the pallet is hard enough to withstand the strap, by any means, strap it down, if you are not sure about it being "moving". I've done many local UNFI multi-drop loads for small stores and restaurants around WA, OR, ID in the past, had eggs under milk, packers screwed up, crashed ON THE PALLET, but nothing moved, ever, I rest my case)

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question around securing a load

""Loads can shift. Should have load locks and/or straps to secure the load. Doesn't matter if the load is secured to pallets. Pallets can slide around inside a truck.""

Like it was mentioned.. "Depends on the driving". If a driver person is "fool of negligence", "rush head", "speed junky".. etc, then do yourself a favor, NAIL the load to the floor)

Pallets don't just slide and loads don't just shift, unless at posted 45 turns going 60 and alike. Flatbeds and non-air-ride equipment is a different story, straps should come with them.

People mostly forget they have a load to deliver, not just "get there".

Posted:  9 months, 3 weeks ago

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Question around securing a load

Hi All

I am new to driving and on class 2. I am driving light pallet loads in a hard body vehicle. Do I actually need add a strap internally or does the lightness of the load and the hard body mean I do not need to?

Depends on the driving. I've never had anything fall or move in the van/reefer, first time actually reading a question about such thing as strapping a load inside the van. Unless it is some kind of awkward bulgy unstable thing, but then it supposed to be secured on the pallet itself.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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RVer Fueling in the truck lanes question.

Me guessing it was a one time "incident", not an everyday episode. Things happen, and lots of times without intention on our part. I usually ask a clerk at the fuel desk to announce out in the loud speaker if some ignorant jerk left the truck in front of me for more than 10 mins. But it happens few times a year. We are all in the same boat at this point, so try to be patient and courteous, unless you hit the bullseye with a real ******-bag)

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any recommendations for an unlimited data cell phone plan?

My kid has TM, moving to At&t next month. TM has Nice plans, yet.. constant "misunderstanding" with bills, dropped calls, not much phone and data out in the wild, replacing phones at least once a year due to glitches. From the scratch, I'd rather take Verizon over TM any day of the night. To each his own though.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any recommendations for an unlimited data cell phone plan?

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Does it depend on where the OP lives? If that were the case, OP would stick with DSL at home. In the case of needing unlimited data plan for mobile, it would depend on which carrier has the best nationwide coverage.

Chill, fella) Not every carrier is offered in every place, that's why the remark. I did not see At&t in NE, WY and some other places offered even at Walmart.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Any recommendations for an unlimited data cell phone plan?

Depends where you live and what you'd like to do. I'm with At&t for over 20 years, at the moment have their top option unlimited on 4 lines with 40 gigs hotspot for each. Using hotspot right now from my tablet to my laptop in WY middle of nowhere. Never issue. Tried Tm and Verizon a while ago, went back. Have also tablet on unlimited plan I'm paying for through the company I'm with' and it is Verizon, using it for ELD, maps, Pandora and brokers' tracker programs, if they request, so I don't clatter my phone . Connection is mostly everywhere as well, but a bit slow sometimes for the movies with high definition when traveling "out in the woods", otherwise have no complaints.

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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OTR Truck Organization

My first self taught lesson is to always put stuff away in the same location.

You got that right. I have a flat mid roof cab, not much space. At the same time have enough tools to take the truck apart. Half inch Makita/IR impacts, sockets, wrenches. All are stored in a couple tool bags and located in side boxes. Kitchen stuff in one and only cabinet, closes in big bag. Really, you don't need a lot of things, if you are company driver, different thing O/O, but to each his own. I like to fix/replace everything I can myself, it is fun and easy with the right tools. Cook while I am stationary for longer times, flat butane stove and one pot do it all. Even tire chain "bangy" cords are in one tool bag, so I don't have to deal with those hooks catching everything. Just think those things through and decide where and what you'd like to store, if you have more than you need.)

Posted:  10 months, 2 weeks ago

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Split berth

Got it. Did not think about the companies, that do not permit the split. That sucks big time, very useful feature. Thanks for clarifying.

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