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

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    Indianapolis, IN

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    3 years, 6 months ago

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 week, 5 days ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled...?

Those are pretty much our normal loads, tipping the scales right around 120k but it's not the heaviest load I've hauled. Those happened while I was still in the military hauling equipment. If I could go back to hauling nothing but equipment, I probably would and have a good friend who can get me on where he works but for now, I'm pretty happy.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Heaviest Weight You've Hauled...?

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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The Need for Speed Can Hurt You - New Article By Rainy

I hate to argue with you Brett but the owner of Hurricane Express constantly publishes articles on why he sets his trucks up the way he does, the speeds they run at and their fuel economy. Now, Prime and a few others might get a few tenths better on fuel but if he's pulling extra loads and generating more revenue, it justifies the difference because the revenue will outweigh the fuel cost.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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The Need for Speed Can Hurt You - New Article By Rainy

Excellent article. There is one argument which can be made though but it would also require companies to change the way they order their trucks. You mentioned your ideal fuel economy is at 1100 rpm. That number can be manipulated with the setup of the truck by upgrading to say a 13 or 18 speed and a taller highway gear such as a 3:08 or even down to a 2:93. I know of one such company using this approach and their trucks running long stretches at highway speed can match your fuel economy because they're running the same rpm at higher speeds. This particular company, the owner specifically really knows not only logistics but the mechanical aspects of the trucks and has intentionally built his trucks this way. A few hundred miles a week may not seem like much but on a grand scale, it equates to more loads and more revenue which is what every company is chasing. Again, I'm not being critical because your article is dead on in regards to the company you drive for and many others but there's more than one way to pinch those fuel penny's.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Got my first ticket. Grrrr.

No MVR points either. I should have clarified that. At least on mine, it was only a fine. Oh look, poetry lol.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Got my first ticket. Grrrr.

Overweight violations carry no points, it's the fine only and is considered a non moving violation.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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What Does It Take To Be The Best?

People skills and a decent sense of humor. All too often you hear about the drivers who do it because they're not a people person. Decent social skills and a good sense of humor go a long way, especially if you're dealing with someone who might be having a bad day or just dealt with a real piece of work driver. Play your cards right and you'll find yourself on someone's good side, which can put you in a door before the real jerk.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Warm Engine Before Driving

As was mentioned, warming the engine for a few minutes is a good thing and something you should be doing anyway during the pre trip to listen for potential air leaks as well as allowing the engine to get up to operating temperature. In regards to idling, it will absolutely Not harm these engines. What excessive idling will cause issues with is the emissions systems but a few minutes warming it up in the morning before you leave isn't going to have any effect on that. (I could write another thread on the things being done that does have negative effects on the emissions systems but I won't include it in this thread)

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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HOS for new people

Experience will greatly reduce your load and unload time, which does effect your pay but don't let that frustrate you because you will become more efficient, making you faster and less tired. As far as the comment made about never doing flatbed because there's no money blah blah blah, I could bring that individual out with me for a day and prove them wrong lol.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Http://www.heavyhaul.net/canada-oversize-permits/

That's a link for all the provinces.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

What's the max weights up there, and the type of traikers for those loads?

I would imagine it's similar to here and dependant on the permit they run. The quad axle trailers we run are rated to 140k but in Indiana and Ohio, we can only get a permit up to 120k gross weight. In Michigan, we're plated for 150k.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

Very nice indeed, what’s under the hood??? 390????

5.0 Coyote now. It's a fairly rare 66 7.0 liter. That motor is going to get completely redone, maybe with some go fast goodies lol.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

Dang it, didn't mean to hit send. Anywho, that's my most recent creation. Those pics are from last summer when I had the car out and about. It wasn't completely finished at that point since I had the original 7.0 liter engine in it. I still have the original motor and it'll get rebuilt this year but she now has a new heart, a 2017 5.0 Coyote motor built by Roush motorsports. My wife's birthday was earlier in the month and we took it out for dinner that weekend.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

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Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

If by hot, you mean because I do breathe fire, then yes lol. Otherwise, nahhhhh, not me. I'm just a guy who loves what I do and performing stupid human tricks as a hobby. Oh, but I did finish up a new toy a couple weeks ago, I'll have to post a pic for my fellow gearheads.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

Dang that coil is not my cup of tea for sure. I pulled sand cores, 2 pallets at 1k but had to be tarped😰😰😰 Went 274 miles

They really aren't that bad. Tie them down right and drive smart, you'll never have a problem. Although I have told my wife, if for any reason, you see me bailing out the driver door, no matter what speed, she better be headed out the passenger door lol.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

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Just a normal day. Rolling around 310 miles on this one from the mill up in Detroit down to Ghent Kentucky. It's extra miles due to the permit routing on the load. This one scales out right around 118,500# and in case someone wonders of there's enough chains on each coil, I'm using 7/16" grade 70 rated at 8700# WLL. 4 chains get you just under 35k of securement.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Let's put some faces to names

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Road Carriers Atlas is HUGE and what is your favorite GPS?

Road atlas, telephone and Google earth. Who needs a gps?

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Another Topic Just For Fun - What was your last load? How much did it weigh? How many miles?

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Oops lol. It had not loaded the pic before I hit submit.

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