Profile For Charlie Mac

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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, IN

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 9 months ago

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Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Can only get better

I know all about "toughing it out", but I'd take issue with sleeping on some other guys mattress.

You want me to do a recovery? Fine. Deliver the load? okay. Clean his truck? That's iffy...I'd have to see it. Sleep on his mattress? No way.

You're a braver man than I.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Prepass vs Scale Sign

If there's ever any doubt...pull in.

Posted:  6 months, 4 weeks ago

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Popping in to say Hello :)

Old School, "angry milk" LOL. Never heard that one before...but it makes sense. I think it kinda feels like getting whacked in the back with a mattress.

The fuller tanks don't surge as much (53k ish) as there's no where for the milk to slosh. Anything under 50k wrecks havok though when I have to slow down/stop or hit one of those 25mph curves...(or 12mph curves as I like to call them) Lbvs.

The empty tanks weigh about 10k (light right!) and the CNG tractors even fully loaded with fuel don't have the weight that a fully fueled diesel tractor would have. About 17,800 Bobtail.

I've got a bulk transportation agriculture permit (for an extra 2k pounds on the drives) so I can run 12/36/34 legally, but I'm seldom 81k gross.

Big Scott, I'm guessing you were either @ the 201 (newly remodeled!) or in Whiteland across the street from Love's?

🎹 man, CNG isn't bad...but you have to drain the fuel filters daily (there's 2 of them) or moisture will bog the engine down & it smells like rotten eggs & butane.

Danielsahn, Thanks! (So does the wife) LOL.

Brett, I'm indebted to you more than you know for maintaining this site. The free practice tests are an invaluable asset & friendly straight-shooting moderation is second to none.

I hope you're doing well & not forgetting to take some time for yourself along the way of keeping TT running like a finely tuned rig fresh out of Blue Beacon. ☺

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Popping in to say Hello :)

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Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Popping in to say Hello :)

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Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Popping in to say Hello :)

Howdy all! It's been awhile since I checked in last. I'm currently pulling tankers of raw milk from dairy barns in Northern Indiana to various Kroger creameries. If you live in the Midwest & buy anything with dairy in it that's Kroger brand, (milk, ice cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese etc.) chances are I've pulled it.

The company is called "Ruan" and they trucks run on CNG (compressed natural gas) instead of diesel. The CNG also comes from the cows @ dairys I pick up from. They take the cow pies & feed it into a "digester" that converts it into methane which is then pumped through a pipeline to the company fuel islands.

It's neat to use a renewable resource...but there is a downside. I run about 500 miles a day & have to fuel twice during this run. The tank on the truck holds about 3600psi of fuel & I use about 4600psi per day. (And I miss those fuel points!)

If you're ever running on I-65 & see a Ruan tanker be sure & wave!

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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What areas do y'all feel the safest driving in and which areas do y'all avoid like the plague?

I don't mind driving anywhere on a U.S. Interstate. I really like the sights on I-80 once you hit the desert.

I despise those state routes that take you through backwoods small towns, mostly because the speed limit goes 60...55...45...35....45...55...60. (Sprinkled w/ stoplights).

Wash, rinse & repeat.

I've delivered to some villages in Pennsylvania tucked into moutainsides that shouldn't have 2 lane car traffic, much less trucks w/ 53" trailers. πŸ˜‘

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Important Documents

I have one of those clip-boards with a locking storage hatch built in. Calculator built into the clipper. You can buy 'm at any truck stop or Wally-World.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Prepass/scales question

More often then not, there will be 2 signs. "All Trucks and trailers weighing over xx,xxxlbs gross must enter" and "AVI/Prepass follow onboard signals.

What really miffs me is when the Prepass doesn't go green or red & the open/close sign is off. This has happened a few times & I'll pull in anyways...just to realize someone forgot to flip a switch before they left.

Back to the O.P.

IF they have prepass, sign or not & you get the green...the prepass will continue to blink green for awhile after it's activated. If you get stopped, you'll have proof you were given the go.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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2 dogs, a motorcycle & new underwear

Charlie:

It's obvious where the NEW UNDERWEAR comes into the story. I would slow down through those cornfields. Maybe 35 MPH max.

Certainly will, especially when I see an oncoming bike.

Awesome story Brett! Thanks for sharing. πŸ‘

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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2 dogs, a motorcycle & new underwear

Thanks guys, very unnerving! I thought I was gonna be picking teeth out of the grill.

I mean, I kinda get why he did what he did. Hitting a dog on a bike would most likely end with him on the asphalt...but I'd like to think I would've chosen the cornfield over the grill of a Freightliner.

Out of the clear blue sky...nuts.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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2 dogs, a motorcycle & new underwear

Yesterday I was bobtailing back from Findlay OH & there was a road closure. I had to detour down a country road (with no lane divider) in the middle of farmland USA.

Out of nowhere 2 dogs come bolting out of a cornfield into the road (I use cornfield generically, no idea what they're growing).

I'm probably doing 45-50mph at the time. There's a motorcycle in the oncoming lane that SWERVES INTO my lane (head-on) to avoid these dogs. I have 2 options. Hit the brakes or take the ditch. I hit the jake, depress the clutch & basically stand on the service brake. The motorcycle comes within arms reach of the tractor before swerving back into his lane.

I'm a dead stop, heart beating out of my chest. I thought I was going to kill him! I hit my hazards, open the door & puke everywhere. The bike... just keeps rolling.

I compose myself & get back into the truck (which is a loaner). The red exclamation point on the Qualcomm is flashing & I have messages asking if I'm okay. The truck recorded a hard brake critical event (obviously).

My usual truck (which is equipped with a drive cam) is in the shop for service. This truck doesn't have one...which is a shame. This was the exact kind of videos they show to new-hires in orientation. I could have been famous! Lol.

Seriously though, everyone is fine & I maintained control of the truck. I have to talk to the safety dept. guy (who is out of the office for the holiday) on Tuesday. This should be a fun conversation.

I'm a little concerned with having to discuss a critical event, but All-in-all...I wouldn't have done anything differently. I saved someone's life yesterday. I'm happy with that.

Stay aware! Anything can happen, anywhere at anytime. πŸ‘

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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IF I FAILED A PRE EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST IN THE PAST FOR A COMPANY NOT RELATED TO CDL

Rainy gives solid advice. I don't believe a non-driving related drug screen would be on your MVR, but I wouldn't sink thousands to test that theory.

Companies these days do thorough background checks...putting it lightly.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Memorial Day

Wishing everyone a safe & happy Memorial day! To those that have fallen, I salute you. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Do you fear autonomous trucking technology?

Once the truck can fuel itself, crank its own landing gear, connect it's own airlines & electrical, check the seal, top off its fluids, pre-trip its trailer, wipe the bug guts off of the sensor that tells it that its actually on the road (my radar gets caked with dirty snow which disables my cruise control until it's cleaned...total PITA), and not to mention dealing with shippers & scanning it's own BOL's...

There's DC's that won't even let you in the yard until you get out of the truck, push a button & talk to someone over an intercom.

Nah...not worried. πŸ˜‰

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Looking for otr company allowing wife and 2 kids!

In my experience, most companies that have a rider policy have minimum rider ages. (My companies age is 11) and it must be outside of school hours.

I'd imagine the biggest problem would be bed space. Unless you own your own truck...there's gonna be 2 beds & one of them is tiny.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Best inexpensive trucker GPS

There was a guy looking for Beta testers for Tom-Tom on this forum last year. They sent me 2 of them for free. πŸ˜€ I just saw the adverts for this unit in a Love's restroom last week. Looks like they've finally made it to market.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Why the Schneider Hate?

Swift has what.. over 10k trucks on the road??

Try +22,000

...and we're in the process of merging with Knight. Should be wrapped up by Q3.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Earning my Stripes ☺

Thanks guys! 😁

Heck Charlie, I still remember your first preventable accident.

Remember when you tried to jump over the diesel hose while fueling your truck? Yep, you got all tangled up and skinned your knee!

Fuel Island = 1 Charlie Mac = 0

Rofl! Ah, the dangers of the fuel island are many. πŸ˜‚

I'll try to pop in more often & warn the greenhorns against playing jump rope with the fuel hoses. πŸ˜‡

Just found out the misses & I are expecting a second child in November! Fingers crossed it's a boy this time! I don't know if my heart can handle living with 3 women πŸ˜‰

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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What is the logic of going from clutches to automatic transmissions?

I learned in a stick & now drive an auto. Every 50k miles when the truck's getting a b-service I use a loaner that's a stick. Once I'm in the highway it doesn't matter one way or the other as the Cruise Control is set. It has a "manual mode" so you can select which gear you want to use when descending a steep grade or bumping a dock. All I gotta do is push a button on the Jake & it switches to manual. Pulling towards me raises the gear, pushing away lowers. Easy Peasy.

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