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    IL

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    5 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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Refusing delivery

Whatever you do Dan, don’t abandon the load or the truck. Finish it out and than resign. They will put truck abandonment on your DAC report. That will follow you and make it very hard to find a job if you change your mind down the road and decide to come back to driving. Something to consider.

Posted:  5 days, 19 hours ago

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My cooler broke down, lost my food

In the age of corona pretty much everybody is delivering. Especially Walmart. Only issue you may run into is how soon they can get it there. Maybe worth trying to figure out where you will take you 10 for the next day and see if there is a Walmart within I’d say 10 to 15 miles. My grandmother does it often. Hang in there Moe. Sucks for everybody in the beginning. Think back to how crappy that spotter job probably was.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Flatbed Variety

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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Flatbed Variety

Thought I’d post these photos and ask the flatbedders what the heck is going on here? Why are the back axle tires so small? And it’s up in there air guessing it’s a lift axle of sorts? And it’s hard to tell but the fifth wheel was not a normal one. Slanted downward. First time I’ve seen any kind of setup like this. He was delivering a huge refrigeration unit.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Good bye Pepsi

1 mask, 2 mask, 3 mask, 4!!!!. What a bunch of nonsense. I would of walked to. I don’t even think the cdc ever recommended 2 masks. I thought that was strictly fauci. But hard to keep track of the games anymore.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Tractor washing at home - tips?

I’m lucky enough to be able to wash my truck everyday and have supplies given to me. I use the zep you mentioned. I think it works great. A garden hose, and a brush with the finest material I could find. Some brushes are too coarse and will tear up the paint if you’re not careful. I typically start with a rinse. Scrub it. Rinse it off. The brushes with flow through don’t work well.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

You have to understand msgt. C that things in trucking are not as cut and dry as they were in the military. No one size fits all. Correct if I’m wrong but you just went solo right? Don’t you see the guys at the Ta and Loves that triple park? Trip planning is very important but things go wrong. I can guarantee if you’re out here long enough this will happen to you. It happens.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

He pulled into a jammed rest area out of hours probably. I see nothing wrong with what he did either. His options were either what he did or risk parking on the shoulder. He didn’t block anybody from getting out. Able to pass him on the side. I’d set an alarm for about 6 am when an open spot is pretty much guaranteed to pull in a spot.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Just want to let you know I am hanging in there

Great news Moe. Hang in there man. It gets better. Let everything that you have gone through up till this point to motivate you to keep pushing forward.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Is my class A still any use?

Honestly Zach what exactly is it you want from this forum? You pretty much asked this same question 2 in a half months ago. You ask a question, you get advice, you than proceed to ignore it and than start another pity party post.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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A big thank you to everyone who has helped me out along my journey

That’s why it’s called diesel mechanic school. Keyword school. You don’t have to be mechanically inclined. They train you on how to be one.

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I know I haven't been the easiest person on here to deal with and I've caused a bit of drama and I don't get along with everyone out here, but I appreciate everyone who take time out of there busy days to help me when I needed it. Unfortunately like most of you saw coming a long time ago things didn't work out and trucking and I have parted ways for good this time. I just didn't have what it takes to deal with the massive learning curve that comes with this job and have made enough dumb mistakes to write a book about, I tried as hard as i could, no one can take that away from me and I have alot of financial issues and am still on the hook for school so it's time to find something I'm good at before I loose everything . I wish everyone going in to this industry the best of luck and hope everyone stays safe out on the road and look forward to whatever adventures life has in store for me next.

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I wish you well, Z !!! I've got a kiddo (nephew) your age, going to school for Diesel Mechanic training...that's something to look into, jsyk! Pays pretty darn good and DANG in demand .. especially here in Ohio!

Be safe, be well.

~ Anne ~

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Lol I'm not anywhere mechanically inclined enough for that kinda gig

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

Empty trailers no doubt will skid but i think overall it still stops quicker. If I’m approaching a light empty, guy next to me loaded, I just grapple that he is having a easier time stopping. But than again all I haul is milk. There is definitely a surge in the reefer. Not like a tanker but it’s there. You could probably nitpick this all day.

Another thing I think of is what about If your going down a sharp decline and you have to hard brake? I think I would prefer empty in that scenario.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

I wish it was that simple. But those guys are known for overcharging. That’s why we don’t use them even though they are in our area. Get stuck in a ditch and they’ll send 3 wreckers when you barely needed one to get out. And you’re paying every penny for it. But like Bobcat said. It’s always been that way out here.

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That’s Maggio towing territory. Those guys aren’t cheap either

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At least it wasn't O'Hare! They'd have to take a bank loan to pay for that.

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The amount they charge varies based on who's signing the check. It's like road side assistance. If my insurance company is paying them they'll charge for tow based on distance, storage and every other fee they can throw in. If I'm paying out of pocket it'll be a flat fee based on distance and they'll call it a day.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

What would make the hand rubbing scenario more realistic is as your moving one hand forward firmly I take my hand and keep pushing it forward. That’s certainly what happens to me when I trying to stop with 18 pallets of half gallons of milk. And thinking a loaded food grade tanker would stop faster than a empty would defy logic. The surge will knock you 6 feet into an intersection if you’re not careful. Abs or not.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

Hey Laura, I’m assuming you were in Rockford when this happened? That’s Maggio towing territory. Those guys aren’t cheap either. I was in Rockford this morning. Where did this happen?

Someone had a whoops day!

Laura

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Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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A big thank you to everyone who has helped me out along my journey

What happened Zach? Not too long ago you posted you were cranking out 600 miles a day and asked how long it would take to get to a million. And going off of the the gps tracker you’re checked in from the Western Express terminal. Did you quit Swift go back to Western and quit again?

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

In my opinion I agree with Brett. I’d much rather approach a stale green light empty than loaded. I’m not understanding how the opposite could be true. You may have tendency to jackknife easier while empty on slick conditions but other than that definitely rather be empty.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Truck Stops - I hate them already 🤣

I guess you could say that was the one nice things about running the Dollar Tree account. You were always allowed to park there either the night before you were too deliver or after if you needed a ten hour break.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Company CDL school tuition

A credit score tells lenders how good you are at repaying debt. A good credit score will help secure large sums of cash at a cheap rate. I don’t see how you can get a decent house or car without a good score if you don’t have “friends” who can give that kind of money. But that’s just me. Debt isn’t necessarily a bad things.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Just out of curiosity how many million miles are on here?

Figure if you average 3000 miles a week. 12000 a month. That’s a 144k a year. You’d reach it in about 7 years.

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