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    Oconee County, SC

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Posted:  5 days, 3 hours ago

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Axle weight question

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Unless otherwise specified it goes by the tire size. Watch out in Mississippi they have the lowest I know of.

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What do you mean by size

If the steer axle is not listed and shows NS (not specified), then you go by the tires max allowed weight listed on the sidewall of the tires. Add both tires to get max axle weight.. Simple just to never go over 12k on steers and even better if you can keep it lower. Also take good care of those tires. Don't drive in trash, don't jump curbs, etc.. never fun to blow a steer and have to fight the steering wheel.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Clean

I have a 1 gallon shop vac in my truck, one of benefits of having a 2000 watt inverter.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Jake brake question

Jake/Engine brakes are there for a reason. I can say for sure he has never been on I-40 east of Asheville, NC going down hill to Old Fort, NC. The posted truck speed is 35mph and is heavily enforced. Constant S-curves on mountain side going down a 7% grade for 4 miles. I have seen many a truck on the Old Fort turn off with a brake fire.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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CB radio issues, any ideas?

If you are close you to Ohio you can hit up "Moving on CB shop" off exit 99, I-75 In Anna, OH. I have been there several times and they are a full service shop with a drive in bay. Sales, service, repairs, mounting.. etc. They have the equipment to test your current setup and get it working

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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No air bag dump on my new Freightliner

The majority of the tractors at my company have the airbag dump switch. The big key is to hook and unhook a trailer the same way every time and not damage equipment in the process. When dropping I always set trailer brakes first then back up to take pressure off kingpin and set tractor brakes. Walk to the back of the trailer check to make sure its set up to dock correctly and place chock blokes. Lower landing gear until I hear the airbags hiss. Pull the release handle, unhook and store the airlines and pigtail in their holder. Never leaving them to hang as they can get caught and ripped off. Get in tractor, put it into First gear and pull forward about a foot. Then drop the airbags, that gently lowers the trailer nose to the ground and allows the gear to settle.

Another trick to help when someone drops a trailer to low to get under.. Drop you air bags and back the frame rail under the nose of the trailer and use a piece of a 2x4 to stick on the frame and then use airbags to lift the trailer up so you can jack the gear without killing yourself.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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What not to do in front of a semi truck

Agreed, all those videos full of speeding to fast for conditions, tailgating, and not driving defensively. The Smith System does in deed work. Use it keep distance and your speed appropriate to traffic and road conditions. Anticipate everyone to cut you off and do stupid stuff.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Equipment in trucks

My 2016 International Prostar ES has a drive axle weight display on my dash info screen. It is a bit off but it works good enough for most loads when I have accurate load weight from the shipper, but I always CAT scale anything over 40k.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My pay as a rookie driver

You have been doing really well at CFI. Congrats on the hard work paying off for you. I'm just curious about how often you get home and are you running recap or doing 34s on the road?

Posted:  1 month, 4 weeks ago

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Anti gel additive

I use the Lucas Oil Anti-Gel 64 oz jug. Pour half into each tank. One bottle treats up to 300 gallons down to -10F, use a second bottle for -10 to -40F. Had no issues with it and the engine and apu start fine with it. Just remember to add it before you fuel so that it mixes better. Fuel will start to wax below 32 degrees and gel at 17 degrees.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Auto mated trannys

I have an International auto and mine is easy to back. I don't get the jumping like Rainy does. With mine it took some getting used to and feathering the throttle does help. I have the hill assist in mine and it is a blessing on grades. The DT-12 is very similar to the Volvo's I-drive system. So I would advise reading the manual and just learn how it reacts. Heck you may love it like Old School.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Downstream Affect of Laziness and/or Ambivalence

G-town is correct when he stated some drivers just don't care..

I have witnessed this first hand before and had to deal with it. It sucks.. I used to drive for Werner on the Home Depot account and was delivering to a store near Myrtle Beach SC. It is a drop and hook account where you have to drop the loaded trailer behind the store and hook to the empty at the dock door and pull it out to put the loaded back at the sane door. I get there and drop the loaded trailer and turn in the paperwork. Inspect the empty trailer and notice on the ground are hundreds of 2" drywall screws on the ground.. I do a good inspection and notice all 8 tires have screws stuck in them. Went back inside and spoke with the store manager and took pictures. After that I had to get my broom out and clean the area up. I had to go under the trailer and turn off the tire inflation system just so the air tanks would fill up. I had to pull that trailer out with all 8 tires wobbling off the rims and go back and clean the area to make sure I got all the screws up. Then put the loaded trailer back into the door. Notified breakdown and had to explain why I need 8 tires plus send in pictures. Needless to say I got a 10 hour break behind the store waiting for 8 new tires. When the previous driver opened his trailer doors a box with 10K screws fell out and busted on the ground and the driver just backed over them.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Best spot to mount your GPS?

I have a Garmin Dzl-770 and it is mounted center bottom of windshield using the suction mount. Easy to see and does not interfere with my vision. Again don't 100% rely on any GPS, it is 1 tool in my bag. I also rely on my RM lamented road atlas, google maps, and my phone to call customers to get exact pinpoint directions.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Driver Facing Camera

I work for a local company that is owned by Cardinal Logistics and we have a dual camera. One faces forward and the other towards the driver and we are instructed to cover the driver camera. It is not a big deal and mine is covered with thick black foam tape.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Smoking the brakes

If you overheated the brakes you need to let someone know. Brake pads can glaze from excess heat and that will cause the brakes to lose effectiveness and should be replaced.

Posted:  6 months ago

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17 freightliner cascadia evolution airline leak

Have maintenance check the cabs air ride leveling valve, those can stick open and cause a slow constant leak..

Posted:  8 months, 3 weeks ago

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Uncoupling Turning the Landing Gear Handle

Not all trucks have an air dump switch. I always lower the gear and give an extra crank until i hear my airbags hiss to know I have taken some weight off and uncouple. I know many drivers in my company lower the legs until about 1" from ground and drop the airbags and pull away. The problem with that is if the next guy does not have a air dump, the trailer might be too low to couple and will need to be raised to get under the 5th wheel. A loaded trailer is alot harder to raise then it is to lower it. Had a trailer last week that was so low I had to dump my airbags just to get my frame under the trailer and use airbags to lift it to make cranking the handle easier.Something else to think about, if you are driving an auto-manual it is to couple and not ram the kingpin when you take weight off the 5th wheel.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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Is it appropriate to give your fleet manager a gift

Everybody likes to eat. a gift card to a local restaurant that he/she likes is perfect.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Truck GPS vs Qualcom navigation

Never ever rely on the QC/Omnitrac. That will shave miles and send you down roads not designed for a truck. Never blindly follow any electronic device. Look up the route and see where it is taking you, Use a Rand CMV Atlas and look up the route. When I was at werner their qualcom was notorious for routing you down the shortest narrowest road including residential neighborhoods and over bridges with restrictive weight limits.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Just a heads up.....

I have a Garmin Dezl 770. It did great until the latest software update, as it as crashed a few times. And it will send you on some goofy directions every now and then. But remember it is only 1 tool of many. I still have my Road atlas and use it every day.

Like Yesterday returning from Tuscaloosa, AL to Anderson, SC. I-20 east to Atlanta, I-285 north on inner loop to I-85 north. GPS said to take I-20 and turn left onto I-285.. It is an right turn, there is no left. And from I-285 to I-85 south and loop around back north when the north ramp is a straight shot.

Posted:  10 months ago

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Best methods of communication with shippers or receivers

I never call a customer unless it is some hole-in-the-wall place and I call for directions or hours of operation. I am sure to use google earth on my laptop while talking to them so I know exactly how to get in and edit/paint to draw out the directions. I also write down the directions. I let my dispatcher and the office staff to deal with any other customer issues.

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