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Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Garmin Dash Cam 20

Would you guys toss out some brands / models to look for and / or stay away from... I'm starting from scratch and I want to pick one up ...

grazie

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Video of Crazy Marten driver roadrage

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I went to Marten Transports website and sent a link to this page to every email link on the page. There were 6 email links I found. Hopefully it reaches the right person there. I went to their facebook page also, it wouldn't let me leave a link so I just wrote trucking truth online forum crazy marten driver road rage. I prefer not to make phone calls but if there is no response from someone there I might have to.

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I might beat you to it. That was downright stupid of that driver.

Folks, this is why a dash cam can save your career. It is the best insurance you can get and its under 100$! If Chris would have hit him on that brake check he would have no proof of the actions of the Marten driver.

Would you toss up some links to a couple of solid models. I have no experience in this hardware ... you're right... It's a good idea to have one...

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Looking for work in Nashville, any suggestions?

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So to all of the nashville guys and gals what trucking driving school did you go to? Did you like it and would you recommend anybody else going?

as for me i am going to tennessee college of applied technology or TCAT for short it was once called tennessee technology of applied science not sure when the name changed. I am going to the one in nashville i would have went to the one in shelbyville but the instuctor got deathly sick so they have temporarily suspened that program. Which sucks cause that one in shelbyville is so much closer, bigger, and more road trucks well that is my instructor at nashville tells me he really wants go there and open it back up.

I love the school though they teach us a lot well what they can in the time and all the recuriters tell me its a great school like how my school will train us with a fully loaded trailer well at least 30000 lbs. on it and how good previous students do at their companies. Not to mention the cost of the school its really and i mean really cheap compared to the other guys and i am not signing a contract to a company to pay for it.

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I went to TDI in Christiana. It was $4k, which is pretty steep. It's a whirl wind at 3 weeks , but they got the job done.

I have tuition reimbursement at Roehl, but it's still a lot of coin.

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wow that school was 4k for 3 weeks i know you found a job but did you have other companies say no because of that school?

mine was 1582 for 8 weeks but the state payed 666(that may be a bad sign but i hope not) for the hope scholarship. Anyways would you recommend it to any one and did you get to pick what company you went to?

They've been at the game a long time... since the 70's , I think.

All the companies know them and getting you a job is their specialty. Zero companies turned me down because of the school.

I, on the other hand, had to choose between seven pre-hires.

I paid the $ because I knew they would get me a job.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Looking for work in Nashville, any suggestions?

So to all of the nashville guys and gals what trucking driving school did you go to? Did you like it and would you recommend anybody else going?

as for me i am going to tennessee college of applied technology or TCAT for short it was once called tennessee technology of applied science not sure when the name changed. I am going to the one in nashville i would have went to the one in shelbyville but the instuctor got deathly sick so they have temporarily suspened that program. Which sucks cause that one in shelbyville is so much closer, bigger, and more road trucks well that is my instructor at nashville tells me he really wants go there and open it back up.

I love the school though they teach us a lot well what they can in the time and all the recuriters tell me its a great school like how my school will train us with a fully loaded trailer well at least 30000 lbs. on it and how good previous students do at their companies. Not to mention the cost of the school its really and i mean really cheap compared to the other guys and i am not signing a contract to a company to pay for it.

I went to TDI in Christiana. It was $4k, which is pretty steep. It's a whirl wind at 3 weeks , but they got the job done.

I have tuition reimbursement at Roehl, but it's still a lot of coin.

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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How Do You Clean Your Engine Bay?

Don't ever power wash an engine compartment.Water will do unseen damage to all the electrical connections. Nuff said.

Blue Beacon must use some type of power wash... anyone had any problems?

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Looking for work in Nashville, any suggestions?

Yes ! a Nashville thread ... we should keep this alive to keep track of local opportunities. Good luck in your journey ...

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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How Do You Clean Your Engine Bay?

Never thought about that...

Anyway...it that a pic of the Mighty Mac in MI?

Indeed it is the Mac ..

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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How Do You Clean Your Engine Bay?

Don't do it yourself. Take it to a Blue Beacon. It's cheap, around 12$ or so.

Perfect ... thanks for the heads up !

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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How Do You Clean Your Engine Bay?

Well, spring is here and it's time to start detailing your machines!

I have always been obsessive about keeping my rides clean, so my truck should be no exception.

Running the northern corridors has left a ton of salt all over the engine and bay. How do you veterans clean that mess out!?

I know gasoline engines are finicky about water on the distro , plugs, etc.... What about diesels ? What areas should I keep dry if I get my hand on a sprayer?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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AJ's Truck Driving Journey

Progress update.

I am starting to float gears with regularity now. What an amazingly better way to shift. The cartilage in my clutch knee thanks me!! lol.

I have received a $.02 per mile raise and am getting steady miles. Average pay is around $700 weekly take home. The tuition reimbursement checks are coming in steadily.

Roehl has an incredible knowledge base call Roehl University. Anything you would want to know about trucking is in there, it seems. I try and take a course every month. My next course is called Master City Driver. I just finished Driving In Windy Conditions. It's about real world stuff like that. Roehl really does seem to care about safety and education.

Life back on the farm is difficult for my wife, as she is trying to hold down a job while having to feed the horses twice a day in Winter. That load will ease up a bit now, as she will only feed once a day, since the pastures are coming in. She became a little frazzled in the middle of this most horrible of Winters.

The adventure continues....

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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673.6 miles today

If I don't have a plan on where to shutdown, I start looking as soon as I see a 1 on the duty clock . ie 1:59 .... you should always be able to find something before the clock runs out, barring traffic jams...

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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How can i Start a career in Trucking at 47?

Ah... to be 47 again... smile.gif

There are far more drivers out here in our age bracket than 20 somethings, it seems... no worries... Just remember, life expectancy is very close to 100 in this modern age. We will be driving a very long time. Only DOT physicals will kick us out...

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Recording engineer in Nashville for 25 years. The computer sent my trade the way of the buggy whip!! lol rofl-3.gif

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Which Tranny Next?

Sheesh. I really gotta read the whole thread. I saw tranny and was thinking Venus from Sons of Anarchy.

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Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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1 week before the big day

Just keep focused and cool. You'll do fine. smile.gif

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Best and worst cities for trucking traffic?

Atlanta - They don't understand mass transit. Everyone has a car and uses it daily. At least up in the NE, thousands of people use the trains. It seems a bit thinner to me up there.

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Which Tranny Next?

A 13 speed would probably be the most common in a truck spec'd out for say owner operators. Some would have 18 speeds. I haven't heard a lot about Super 10's over the years. Not sure what's up with those.

Yea, I was thinking a 13 speed would be the most likely... thanks, Brett

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Which Tranny Next?

So, I have been living with the Eaton - Fuller stock 10 speed through my entire journey so far. Which transmission am I likely to encounter next, as I graduate up through less speed governed vehicles? Super 10, 13 or 18?

I would like to get as familiar as possible with all of them, but focus on the most common.

grazie

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Have you ever wondered?

Roehl Red - Van Cab - 5537 - 2014 International ProStar +

Posted:  4 years, 10 months ago

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Georgia Highway 26

I have always been a big history buff. Every time I see an old house I think, "if only that house could talk" . Driving up in the NE for the first time in my life, you see VERY old buildings. The homes and businesses are very close to the street, like you see in a 1700's period piece in the movies... You can tell we were born of Europe.

This is why driving at night is hard on me. I keep thinking of all the cool stuff I'm missing. !!

I have driven by the Indiana turbines at night also ! amazing to see... they are equally surreal during a hazy day, also ... It looks like a sci-fi movie ...

Just think of how many things we still have to see !!! I have never been west of the Rockies... but it's calling !

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