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Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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What Is YOUR Favorite Truck!?

Volvo 780 with workstation setup. About as close to having an RV-Style sleeper as it gets. Best setup on the road. The new I-Shift transmission are the smoothest out there. Downside of Volvo is their PARTS NETWORK - though they have been improving on that area.

KW T680 with workstation setup. Smaller sleeper by a few inches. Second best setup on the road.

I'm looking at "full-timing" - so my consideration is a sleeper that I'm going to be spending near 100% of my time in.

Rick

I haven't heard good things about the Volvo power plants. How about you?

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Got to do a road drive today.

Keep it rolling , baby !!

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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What Is YOUR Favorite Truck!?

Western Star... With a 3406E or C15..... Enough room to live comfortably, tough as nails and enough umph to pass other trucks going up hill while wide, tall and over 100k gross. Did this last summer pulling a 80k piece of an asphalt batch plant.

I have seen quite a few Western Star's so far... I didn't know much about them. Good to hear they are strong trucks...

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Finally getting the ball rolling on my new career!!!

TDI is a good outfit for what they do. They move you through fast, but their main goal is to find you a job. They are very good at it. If they feel you will be a good trucker, they will make sure you get a CDl and a job.

Good Luck!

I went to TDI in Christianna, TN

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Trucker Humor: Trucking Company Name Acronyms

Great stuff !! lol rofl-3.gif

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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The journey begins.

There are many of us who have come to this industry after leaving a long, prior career. I was a recording engineer for 25 years until the computer sent me the way of the buggy whip. The biggest adjustment for me was the noise. Coming from decades in a sonic cocoon to a very lively and loud surrounding was massively stressful to me. It wasn't whether or not I would get a headache that day, it was how bad!! lol

Keep focused and you will do fine. Good luck! smile.gif

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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AJ's Truck Driving Journey

I'm shutdown at a Love's at I26 / Newberry , SC to reset my 70 clock. I ran out of hours mid trip ! ... completely snuck up on me... lol lesson learned. ... looked at the 70 hr countdown everyday ! Lucky for me, Roehl wasn't able to find a relay driver, so I am able to sit just long enough for the 34 reset and head out to Knoxville, TN and still make the new appt. time ... perfect. I hate dealing with hrs coming back off a spent 70 clock ... I usually need close to the 11 driving each day...

The run prior to this, took me from upstate NY, where there was easily 3-4 feet of standing snow on the ground , to Jacksonville, FL, where I actually got a bit overheated !! lol The trees were in bud, flowers were out ... amazing ... Spring is almost here.

My headaches have all but disappeared. Partly from dealing with the stress better and completely recovering from that sinus infection from hell I got in Roehl Phase II... man, that was a long, hard stretch. But I'm stronger for it.

My backing and shifting are still progressing well. I'm also able to do a bit more personal stuff at the end of each day, when before, I was so exhausted , I would try to eat something and go straight to the bunk. Rinse and repeat...

I'm starting to look at other trucks, shop around the truck stops and generally enjoy life out here more. It takes a certain personality type to thrive out here and I feel it suits me well. Being away from the wife and farm is the only hard part now. But the die is cast and we are finding our way.

carry on....

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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What is on your 'must have' list

I ditto everything six string said. I brought a well stocked tool box. That has saved my butt 3 times already. This keeps you rolling = $$

Glad hand seals mini mag light for looking at things at a distance - king pin locking bar , engine parts , etc... I have a head lamp also fuel filters oil / washer fluid / coolant anti-gel in winter the standard - bulbs , fuses, safety gear

that is the bare min....

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Tandem/Weight Balancing

A perfect load ... roll on !

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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70 Hours on Duty

I heard they have or are going to do away with the 1-5 twice in the reset rule??True or not

yes... that rule is temporarily suspended. Now just 34 consecutive hrs off duty. Stand by for more from the feds...

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Glad Hand Seals - Big End or Little End In First?

You guys are making this more difficult than it is. If you large the put inside diameter twice then flutter the round you're good. Geez.

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rofl-3.gif I was going to try that next !

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Glad Hand Seals - Big End or Little End In First?

Ok .... I have my answer ! Put the dang thing in and keep rollin' !! lol

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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What Is YOUR Favorite Truck!?

Kenworth T680, its got TONS of room in the sleeper and ides smooth as can be down the road.

While I doubt this is a fleet version, pretty awesome 13 speed sleeper... T680

What engines are they using?

I am happy with the Cummins ISX 450 ST in my ProStar .... Although I have nothing to compare it to... It gets me up hills with 80k lbs...

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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What Is YOUR Favorite Truck!?

Kenworth T680, its got TONS of room in the sleeper and ides smooth as can be down the road.

I see a lot of those in fleets... thanks :)

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Glad Hand Seals - Big End or Little End In First?

Phillips said they have 2 kinds and either way large diameter outside lol

Well, that is starting to explain a lot ... it doesn't matter... lol

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Glad Hand Seals - Big End or Little End In First?

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Interesting. I'm really confused now. I just watched the video, and it looks like he's installing the grommets with the smaller end into the housing, leaving the larger end on the outside. I thought you described the video just the opposite. Anyhow, I've seen it done both ways, but have always been told, by numerous folks (and watching numerous mechanics), to install with the smaller side facing out - opposite of this video.

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no no.... he is installing the larger diameter portion into the housing with the smaller, thicker portion outside to make the contact.

....are you drinking again.. lol

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It didnt' appear that way to me at all. Looked like he installed with larger end facing out.

did you watch the whole video? he starts that way to show how some people do it, then he installs the larger portion inside the housing....

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Glad Hand Seals - Big End or Little End In First?

Energy Suspension says flat side inside. :)

How about big, flat side - inside ! lol

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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What Is YOUR Favorite Truck!?

I have simply fallen in love with the Peterbilt 389 model. It is simply a classic , timeless design. I don't know anything about the current engine line in these trucks or the old, for that matter , but man , they sure are sexy.

What is you favorite truck and why?

Rookies wanna learn !! lol

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Glad Hand Seals - Big End or Little End In First?

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Manufacturer recommends big side inside. Just a thought... Maybe this should be a pretrip check of manufacturer recommendation...

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To clarify big side = larger diameter

Now that should be the rule!! "Big side - Inside" I love that.... Remembered forever

Posted:  5 years, 6 months ago

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Glad Hand Seals - Big End or Little End In First?

Interesting. I'm really confused now. I just watched the video, and it looks like he's installing the grommets with the smaller end into the housing, leaving the larger end on the outside. I thought you described the video just the opposite. Anyhow, I've seen it done both ways, but have always been told, by numerous folks (and watching numerous mechanics), to install with the smaller side facing out - opposite of this video.

no no.... he is installing the larger diameter portion into the housing with the smaller, thicker portion outside to make the contact.

....are you drinking again.. lol

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