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    Denver, CO

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 5 months ago

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Posted:  23 hours, 50 minutes ago

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To Reset Or Not

Like PackRat said, let dispatch know-- they can keep an eye out for loads with some extra time, instead of shoveling things that require eleven hour days at you.

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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Winter weather and Snow or Ice

Slow and steady above all else. I don't like being trapped in a pack of trucks so I'm usually driving slower to preserve the space I need to react, even if I would be more comfortable driving faster.

Don't be afraid to shut down though. I've already driven through messes a few times that in hindsight I /really/ did not need to, and it's just not worth it. It's not worth the time it takes, or the stress it induces.

Posted:  5 days, 1 hour ago

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Detention - A problem still in search of a solution

You never know when you might be in it for eight hours, for one. For two, you only need two hours to get the first half of a split sleeper (although I am still absolutely utterly mystified how the split sleeper works.)

Posted:  5 days, 2 hours ago

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Canyon Fatigue

The drive over I70 /is/ absolutely gorgeous-- I think my favorite though is WY230, which we'll pick up when we're doing a run to Craig, CO. It's so hard to pick an actual best though. I enjoy them all, just... not in one day.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Page Turners?

I've been nibbling on Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, working on the George Washington biography by Ron Chernow, and my last completed book was the Hamilton biography, also by Chernow.

Posted:  5 days, 9 hours ago

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Canyon Fatigue

Paul, I don't think I've actually run 11 yet, I had to go find it on Google maps because I didn't even know we had an I11. I've run I15 through Virgin River quite a few times though.

Turtle, yea. They're beautiful drives but I think that route goes through... 4 or 5 canyons and I think like. 3 is my limit before I just get sick of it. XD

Posted:  5 days, 23 hours ago

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Canyon Fatigue

Symptoms may include but are not limited to: an irresistible urge to take all corners at 30mph, supreme hesitation to accelerate to the posted speed limit on a straightaway because "wait, there's more!," and the inescapable feeling that you'll never see the horizon again.

I drove from Salt Lake City, UT to Pueblo, CO today via I15 / US6 / I70 / US50 and there are So. Many. Canyons.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Question about a book

I have two books like the truck stop directory-- I think it's worth it, as it can list a lot of places not shown on Trucker Path, and you don't need to buy a new one very often.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Ask for new trainer, or suck it up?

Sorry for the OT question Brett but if you don't mind my asking how do you find all your adventures these days? Since you haven't been driving for a while? I'm curious because your adventures of hopping from field to field sounds like something I might do, I don't see myself driving trucks for forever.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Lowest Fuel Levels I've Had

I don't know the prices off the top of my head but it will always be cheaper to put in at least a little bit of fuel to get you where you're going than it will be for them to make a road call to bring you fuel, or even to call a tow truck. If it isn't cheaper to just fill the tank entirely.

I used to work for a trash company and the starting price for a tow was $500 or $600. That's if you were empty. Went up if you were loaded if I remember the owner telling me correctly.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Game: Need Insane Demands of a Fleet Manager

Tell him you need a 34hr reset after every load, as work is so exhausting.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Lowest Fuel Levels I've Had

I work for Knight and my DM tends to leave me to my own devices, so if I say I need a fuel stop he just sets me up there easy enough. It's always better to err on the side of caution for fuel-- just as a hypothetical if you had gotten stuck at that truck stop in a absolutely terrible storm and the power goes at the truck stop so you can't pump fuel you're talking about a really unsafe situation.

You'll get to learn what the range of your truck is and whether you can keep moving on the fuel you have or don't. And if you're going into a dry stretch of truck stops it is sometimes worth topping the tank off.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Lowest Fuel Levels I've Had

I haven't had to do it before either but I've thought about it.

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Lowest Fuel Levels I've Had

Jamie, I'd run with what Susan said, just drop the trailer and fuel. It's not worth running out at all, because it's entirely completely preventable (unless something punctures your fuel tank or a line but that's a different story.)

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Split Reset Question.

So you can do the 8 and the 2 in any order but the two on its own does nothing?

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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Split Reset Question.

Throwing this question in here since it's very on topic I started in Salt Lake City this morning with a full 11/14 I got to Evanston, WY where I80 is closed with 9:13 and about 12 hours on my fourteen-- put myself on sleeper once I parked (I'm at about 1:30SB right now)-- so at 2 hours SB I should get back up to 12hr on the 14 whenever I actually start my clock again?

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Buuurrrrr, It's Cold Up Here!

I kinda wish I was up there, I just want to see how well I could handle the cold. But instead I'm in LA right now so I wish you all the best of luck xD

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Second day otr no experience

Do you mean how many miles a week when you're with your trainer, or just what you can expect weekly as a rookie?

Posted:  1 month ago

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To Ease Your Mind About Winter Driving...

Knight also sends these messages out, for high wind, any storms they hear about too.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Supreme Court rules in favor of truckers

If it's okay I'm curious, Brett and G-Town, I see you two talk about this most often... I'm part of the generation that supposedly exhibits this... ... I guess "gimme" mentality? The "I want success but dont want to invest in myself to achieve it" mentality? But I don't see it myself and I'm honest to god curious whether it's just venting or if there's a foundation to it. I'm asking here because this forum is chock full of level headed people who at least won't take my head off. But also lots of different walks of life and view points.

Feel free to delete this if it's too off topic from the post itself, Brett, but I also don't think it's relevant enough to the forum itself for its own topic.

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