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    Grants Pass, OR

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    Experienced Driver

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    3 years, 11 months ago

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Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Buying truck... flat bedders advise

Btw, plz excuse the poor spelling on my initial post. Talk to type doesn't always work so well.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Buying truck... flat bedders advise

2016. Thx for answering my question instead of telling me how silly i am to be an owner op. Some of these folks think their own experience is the only experience and can sound quite condescending.

What year is it?

I bought my 2015 volvo with 400k for 60k. That price for a cascadia sounds a little high especially now since the market is flooded with trucks.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Buying truck... flat bedders advise

For future responders please do not try to convince me that going into business for myself is about idea. I did not ask whether or not I should go into business for myself. My question was do you think the truck I'm looking at is worth the money. To counsel someone not to start a trucking business as an owner op without knowing the details of their situation is irresponsible, arrogant, and condescending.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Buying truck... flat bedders advise

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Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Buying truck... flat bedders advise

Hello all and thank you for this great form. I've been trucking cents 2015 and and finally buying my own truck. I've looked at Peterbilts and freightliners and at the sided to go where the Cascadia at 120. It is spec:

13300 pounds front axle and 40000 rear axle. 254 wb 60in sleeper Dd15 450 hp 13 sp trans 3:36 GR 2 100 gal tank 1 yr / 100k warranty Has headache rack and boxes 350k miles

Price 79900

Would you buy this truck?

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Weight change on steers when sliding trailer

Every time you weigh-slide tandems-reweigh, enter the number of holes you slid and the change in weight on the steers in a spreadsheet row, then when you have enough rows, use the linear regression function to see if there is a linear relationship.

BTW Michael, I agree that there does seem to be at least a small change, and I see where you said in your first post "I know the change will be small". I think I'm a fellow geek who understands why you want to do this even if it's a small change. It would be cool to be able to model the truck so you could write a program to enter the axle weights and have it tell you the best tandem/5th wheel settings to use. But I also know in reality it would be overkill. I only started out 3 months ago and I can usually get close just by looking at how far back the trailer is loaded.

This person gets me. the program is for when you have to weigh on those pesky scales that require a little math to figure out the weight for each axil. I figured, hell, why not have it give me the optimal placement for the holes too. I have had a 700 pound change from steers to drives just by sliding the trailer... only happened once though.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Weight change on steers when sliding trailer

Michael, sliding the tandems on your trailer should not affect your steers, but rather your drive axles. If one wants to change the weight on their steers this is accomplished by sliding the fifth wheel.

I know the effect is smaller, but there is an effect. I have had to correct an overweight problem on my steers before by slidingredients tandems.

nobody answered my question.

Posted:  3 years, 5 months ago

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Weight change on steers when sliding trailer

I'm writing an excel program for the phone that calculates weight distribution and the amount of holes to slide trailer for equal load distribution and I'm needing to know roughly how much weight is placed on the steers (or removed) when trailer is slid one hole (assuming weight is perfectly distributed along length of trailer and each hole is accountable for 250 pounds on drives/trailer axil).

I know the variables effecting this are:

1. how trailer was loaded 2. type of trailer (gap size between holes) 3. type of freight

I'm looking for the mean average weight (or perhaps even median).

I know the change will be small.

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Adventist Truckers (making religious accommodations)

I was wondering what the general consensus is on Adventists who are not able to work from Friday night sundown to Saturday night sundown in the trucking industry.

Would this be a problem for most companies? Is it possible to just take the 36 hour reset on Friday through Saturday evening and just pick up from there?

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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USA Trucking Question

The pet policy is changing via Jan 1 2016. Does anyone know what this is changing too? Are they going to allow pets?

Posted:  3 years, 11 months ago

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Internet connection - what device do you use?

I've been looking in to getting a wireless internet connection (mifi) for my truck and was wondering if anyone has had any success with verizon's jetpack or their 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice?

The jetpack uses both 3g and 4g LTE techonology (where it will default to 3g in the case that 4g LTE is unavailable). The router only uses 4g LTE which means if you move in to an area where there is no 4g LTE coverage, you lose the internet completely. This may or may not be a problem with a good antenna, I'm not sure. I like the option of the router better because it allows me to plug directly in to the modem (as opposed to losing 20% of my speed by using wireless) AND it gives me 2gigs worth of extra data on my plan per month for the same price.

Does anyone have experience with this? How do you have your internet set up? How well does it work for you? Do you drop internet connectivity when switching between cell towers?

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