Profile For Robert B. (The Dragon) yes, I breathe fire and other sideshow tricks

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Robert B. (The Dragon) yes, I breathe fire and other sideshow tricks's Bio

Flatbedder with ELS on their heavy haul division.

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Posted:  1 day, 20 hours ago

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Amazon casts around for freight haulers; FMCSA news for drivers

Hey Dave? I’m not sure if you’ve seen anything about it yet but Nikola just had 3 lawsuits filed and is being investigated by the SEC for fraud. Also, the CEO just stepped down all but admitting to defrauding investors and potential buyers. They’re also being investigated over the lack of having any of the tech they’ve been claiming.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Wanting to become an Owner/Operator

Just based on your questions, the answer would be a resounding no.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Would you drive for Melton?

Good company, plenty of freight, benefits, good pay and a solid training program. There’s no reason not to work for them honestly. Now, will it be your perfect fit long term? There’s no way to know based on others reviews because they aren’t you. I’ve never worked for them but know drivers who have and do and they all had decent things to say.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Freightliner Cascadia started getting check in when goes up the hill

Regarding the fuel filter. Double check and make sure the Micron rating on the filter you installed matches Freightliner specs. If the filter is too restrictive, you’ll have issues.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Freightliner Cascadia started getting check in when goes up the hill

Hopefully you have a good warranty.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

3,200 with the permit routing.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

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Hitachi 470 minus the stick, arm and counterweight. The bare unit weighs about 72k putting the gross at 112,000#. I picked up at the port in Tacoma and deliver just north of Tampa bay.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Update and possible inspiration flatbed

Tarpstop in Gary Indiana for your coil bag. They can custom make them or have lightly used ones for a reasonable price.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

That's interesting. Not too completely hijack this thread but im curious did you have a cat engine with Kivi bros? Curious because I always heard the Detroit series doesn't have the pulling power Cat has but tend to get better mpg with the Detroit.

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I'm lucky enough to be able to not only park in a indoor garage but have access to a hose and ZEP soap. So I wash mine pretty much everyday. By keeping up with it, it only takes me 10 to 15 minutes to wash. Inside I do my best but almost all of the customers I go to have a gravel lot so its not as clean as I wish it could be but still pretty clean.

BTW Robert what's under the hood in your rig?

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A very rare legal load which delivers Tuesday morning to a military facility north of Seattle. Because of holiday restrictions, we try to book legal loads to keep moving and not get held up for too long. In this case, it gave me a chance to give this beauty some much deserved Tlc. There’s nothing like a fresh coat of wax from top to bottom and a full polish for all the sunny bits to make you feel good. The compliments from others really do boost confidence too.

How many others take the time to keep their trucks looking good inside and out when the time allows?

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12.7 Series 60 with a little extra, 13 speed and 3:73 rears. Mine gets washed every week and I try to keep up with the polishing so it’s never too much effort. I strip and wax about every 3-4 months to help keep the finish in good shape.

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Kivi’s trucks are all Paccar and Cummins. These trucks are golfers and with the exception of 1, they all run the 12.7 or 14 liter Detroit engines. Cat has more grunt down low, Detroit are more high strung and the one truck we have with the Cummins will crush both to be honest lol.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

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A very rare legal load which delivers Tuesday morning to a military facility north of Seattle. Because of holiday restrictions, we try to book legal loads to keep moving and not get held up for too long. In this case, it gave me a chance to give this beauty some much deserved Tlc. There’s nothing like a fresh coat of wax from top to bottom and a full polish for all the sunny bits to make you feel good. The compliments from others really do boost confidence too.

How many others take the time to keep their trucks looking good inside and out when the time allows?

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Beautiful!

Thank you!!!! She’sa pretty good truck, has her quirks but gets from point A to B pretty well and keeps myself and our loads safe.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Western Express L/O advice please

Put lightly in comparison to what you’re making right now, you’ll lose your ass doing that lease.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

I'm lucky enough to be able to not only park in a indoor garage but have access to a hose and ZEP soap. So I wash mine pretty much everyday. By keeping up with it, it only takes me 10 to 15 minutes to wash. Inside I do my best but almost all of the customers I go to have a gravel lot so its not as clean as I wish it could be but still pretty clean.

BTW Robert what's under the hood in your rig?

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A very rare legal load which delivers Tuesday morning to a military facility north of Seattle. Because of holiday restrictions, we try to book legal loads to keep moving and not get held up for too long. In this case, it gave me a chance to give this beauty some much deserved Tlc. There’s nothing like a fresh coat of wax from top to bottom and a full polish for all the sunny bits to make you feel good. The compliments from others really do boost confidence too.

How many others take the time to keep their trucks looking good inside and out when the time allows?

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12.7 Series 60 with a little extra, 13 speed and 3:73 rears. Mine gets washed every week and I try to keep up with the polishing so it’s never too much effort. I strip and wax about every 3-4 months to help keep the finish in good shape.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

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A very rare legal load which delivers Tuesday morning to a military facility north of Seattle. Because of holiday restrictions, we try to book legal loads to keep moving and not get held up for too long. In this case, it gave me a chance to give this beauty some much deserved Tlc. There’s nothing like a fresh coat of wax from top to bottom and a full polish for all the sunny bits to make you feel good. The compliments from others really do boost confidence too.

How many others take the time to keep their trucks looking good inside and out when the time allows?

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Flatbed Variety

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Today it’s a fairly rare piece of farm equipment I picked up in Texas and she’s headed to a farm in Iowa to put in some hours. The measurements are 14’6” tall by 11’6” wide. Weight wise it’s pretty light considering the size but with taller loads you run the trailer very low which means not only are you watching your mirrors and everything overhead, you have to watch the ground as well.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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FMCSA looking at split-duty rule change; extending 14-hour day

FFS, why don’t they just adopt Canadian HoS and be done with it.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Brake week? I guess

That is a benefit of driving for a large company, you probably won't be inspected.

Illinois has been making me scale more than usual but I'm always legal so no worries.

They generally don’t mess with oversized loads either since we have time limits in so many states and curfews in so many cities. Unless they see a glaring infraction, they wave us on.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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I am interested in owner op

Here’s my solution. Send me all your money for the next 5-7 years. I’ll send back photos of all the cool stuff I buy. It’ll be a much safer investment than what you’re looking to do.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Flatbed Variety

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Today’s load brought to you by John Deere. I picked it up at the dealership in Burnsville Minnesota and it delivers to Duran New Mexico (southeast of Albuquerque). It’s only 10’ wide and legal height with gross weight right at 100,000.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Rob T.....direction out of Ames

Should have looked at the GPS Tracker earlier. Robert B (the dragon) is in Waterloo and I went thru that area earlier this evening.

Laura

I always forget to look at that tracker. I’m running across 80 now, sitting just east of Omaha and hoping to beat curfew in the morning lol.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Trucking landscape could look different after Nov. 3

Holy craps. I didnt realize our discounts were that huge. I figured owner ops would be in that "fleet card" type of discount I see advertised at the pumps. Makes me wonder how some of these guys getting 5mpg are able to afford $2 and $3 per gallon.

5? What’s 5. I get 4 lol. There’s also a very good reason for that and fuel costs really don’t matter given the freight pays well.

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