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Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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Cooking and refrigerators in your truck?

I have been using Coleman 40Qt Iceless Cooler and RoadPro 12V Portable Stove since I drove a truck for Swift.

The Coleman keeps 40deg F cooler than ambient temperature. But keep in mind that when the truck is in hotter locations, like AZ or SoCal, the ambient temperature can be high up to three digits. It would be better if refrigerator is available.

And the RoadPro stove, I always buy 88c/3pcs loaf pans and distilled water for cooking.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Bronx, NY, I made it!

Http://nofixedaddress.squarespace.com/journal/2012/9/30/its-the-signs-schumer.html

This might be the issues Brett mentioned about. But no, I didn't go I-278 on this trip.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Bronx, NY, I made it!

A tip for if you go back.

New York has an interactive truck route map on their DOT website specifically for NYC. It makes trip planning a breeze when trying to figure out where you can and cannot go. It doesn't make the drive portion any faster though lol.

lol. For sure it is, Robert the Fire Dragon. Thanks for the interactive map! It helped a lot!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Bronx, NY, I made it!

To a lot of fresh hands of us, NYC is a nightmare! Almost all senior drivers will give you advice to avoid the City as much as possible. But after 5 months with Swift and then 8 months with the current company, I finally got a shot towards there.

I assume everybody has their MCRA on hand. Before we move, let's preplan our route. I know, some company will have an assigned route to you, but what happens when there're road closures, constructions, even emergencies? On page A37, there are low clearance locations, permanent weigh/inspection stations (although none reported in NY state) and restricted routes of New York. What we need to do is cross check the list with our route, make sure there are no low clearance hazards along the way. Then we need to try remember all the restricted routes in our mind, and do not take them when we have a visual. One well known restriction for motor carriers are that "All Parkway are restricted routes in New York".

And as a professional driver, we need to pay attention to those posted signs on the road. As some of us already know, motor carriers (aka TRUCKS) can ONLY TAKE the UPPER LEVEL of George Washington Bridge. But the funny thing is, you are pretty hard to ignore each and every sign telling you to change to the upper level lanes 5 miles before you across the bridge.

All in all, NY, NY is not a nightmare, if I can do it, you can do it. Peroid!

PS: DANIEL B sir, pls check your email, I sent you a message. Thanks!

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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99 Years Ago

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Speaking of dinosaurs. The first recorded cargo transfer was accomplished by cavemen who after killing a T-Rex used its spine and rib cage like a trailer and pulled it with a team of Velociraptors. Some believe the methods are what led to the idea of sled dogs being used in the northern territories even today.

I read this on the interwebz so it must be true right?

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How did they pay the lumpers?

Don't worry about it, it's on the house! lol

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Goodbye Kenworth, hello Freightliner

Just like moving from one house to another. More stuff than you imagined. And maybe you haven't gotten many boxes to carry things in - even for the 10 feet between the trucks. (BTW, most places where you move from one truck to another have a scaffold walkway you park the trucks next to, a bridge so you're not climbing up and down those steps all the time.)

I know some Swift terminals got those. But of course, bobtail only.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Night parking

As a fall-back you can safely park behind many Walmart stores. Check with the manager first because some will not allow it (usually it's posted) due to local ordinances. For a short time there were rumblings that all Walmart's were prohibiting overnight truck parking, but I have yet to see substantial proof of that. Home Depot is also an option since most of the time they have ample space, but again ask for permission.

G-Town, more and more Walmart parking lots are with Height Limit bars. Some are with posted signs of "no tractor-trailer parking", others will have security patroling around with a car telling you that they only allowed x hrs of parking(x <= 2)

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Seat belt violations

Seatbelts are so important that I got written up for not being belted in when I backed a tractor up to a trailer. 5 feet travel distance!

But as moving violations, that's up to each company.

Errol, Was that write-up done by Swift or by a trooper?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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What not to do after a DOT Inspection...

Obviously the truck driver doesn't notice the change of railroad crossing warning lights. Thus for sure it's a driver's error.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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To cool or not to cool? That's the question.

You have the voltage specs - printed on the fan. Measure between opposite bolt holes, say ... 4". Get the metric size too, just in case.

Look for a fan by specifications. Also check web stores like Newegg and Grainger. You'll have better luck.

Errol, I came from China so I know the metric sizes pretty well. The screw specs are 92mm apart, and the blade is 120mm. But I still couldn't find the same fan in either site you mentioned. Thank you anyway!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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To cool or not to cool? That's the question.

Amazon has them but though its the same model number it looks different. Maybe you could just swap the new motor to your fan body? Amazon fan

Exactly Phil! It's pretty hard to find the same looking fan. And I doubt the idea of swapping motor, coz the failed fan has a relatively large motor body than the computer cases tho.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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To cool or not to cool? That's the question.

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Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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To cool or not to cool? That's the question.

I have been using two coolers since I became a truck driver. One of them is Igloo 28qts Iceless Cooler. I was glad that I bought this baby until the major cooling fan (the one under the outer cover) just went out. It's built by XINRUILIAN, the model number is RDH1225S, but the same number can usually lead to those cooling fans for computer cases. Instead, it's more like a turbine fan, blades are on the other side of the motor.(I'll post some photos later). Anyway, I am having a hard time finding one of those. I even tried giving Igloo a call, but the C/S dept saying that they don't have any electronic parts for sale. If customer wanted to change some parts inside their cooler, they should CONSULT AN ELECTRICIAN?!! Do you have any ideas where to find them?

Another iceless cooler I got is a Coleman 40qt powerchill thermoelectric. This cooler is a workhorse, the cooling fans are easy to access also. Only flaw is that the fuse blows from time to time. And yes, I tends to keep plugging the cigarette lighter in at all time. But comparing to the hard-to-find cooling fan, changing fuse ( or changing the spring or even the whole lighter plug) can be no brainer.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Any parking recommendations in City of Industry, CA area?

Got it I was just going off your avatar. If you use google maps satellite view you can find were other trucks have parked. Such as salt lake ave in the city of industry. I would use street view and look for no parking signs.

Good luck been a few years sense I was out there,

Again, 10-4 Murderspolywog!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Any parking recommendations in City of Industry, CA area?

Swift terminal in jarupa valley. There is also a swift drop yard closer to Compton but I don't know the address. Your dm might.

Murderspolywog, thanks! Unfortunately, I no longer work for Swift anymore. Plus the JV terminal, parking can be a mess. Let alone it's further than TA Ontario :)

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Any parking recommendations in City of Industry, CA area?

Maybe the parking lot of the truck stop health clinic. I looked on google maps and see a truck with trailer parked in the parking lot, there is room if you look along the tree line by the sidewalk. Also if a police officer questions you, you can say you need to get some supplies from auto zone which is right next door.

Appreciate the help, Dan! I would try the TSHC. The RR&M parking seems too good to be true, I figure they will collect parking fee as well.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Any parking recommendations in City of Industry, CA area?

As title says, I'm going to get into LA, dropping a load in early morning, but picking up another late that night. So I might need to find some place for parking.

Any good choice around without surprises from State police officers? TA Ontario, CA is not an option, a bit too far. Thanks in advance!

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Any parking recommendations in City of Industry, CA area?

As title says, I'm going to get into LA, dropping a load in early morning, but picking up another late that night. So I might need to find some place for parking.

Any good choice around without surprises from State police officers? TA Ontario, CA is not an option, a bit too far. Thanks in advance!

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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13 speed transmission

Thank you for all the insight. Sounds like it will be a breeze. Just was wondering how it all worked. Shifting in a truck is nothing like a four wheeler. I've driven manual all my life so that was quite an adjustment. Michael, I hope they don't put me in an auto. I enjoy shifting and feel like you would have more control?

HOW TO SHIFT A 13 SPEED TRANNY

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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13 speed transmission

I just went home from a 13-Speed Volvo. And it's just a 400HP Cummins. But I love it very much! It basically utilize the engine with it's sweet spot (Best Torque Range)

PS: How to identify an 18 speed? The splitter (thumb) switch is in grey color instead of red on 13.

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