Profile For Old Roadie

Old Roadie's Info

  • Location:
    Atlanta, GA

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 11 months ago

Old Roadie's Bio

After being in 1 place for a while after nearly 2 decades of travelling as a stage lighting technician, I came to understand it was the travel and not the "gigs with the stars" that made me love the job. So I thought the travel without the 18 hour work days might be a good fit. I was MOSTLY right...

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Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Windy in Wyoming. Whoda thunk!

Sounds like Wyoming alright! Glad you decided to shut down. Worth a pound of cure!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Chain Up Story

Here in the NW they will require chains often even when it seems running barefoot would be fine. Shutting down due to chain restriction isn't an option for me. I would spend to much time parked.

For example cabbage hill is often chains required for just the hill itself then you can take them off. You could lose a whole day just to avoid chaining up for a few miles.

Of course if you don't feel safe continuing on then shut down definitely. I can chain 3 axles in less than 30 minutes. Running NW regional it's chain and go, Throwing iron is part of the job.

Guess I got lucky.. Never had to chain up for Cabbage!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Chain Up Story

I prefer to lay the chains over the tires, that way you can do them all at once if your chaining both drives. I used to lay them on the ground when I drove straight trucks but I put them over the tire now. If your only chaining one drive axle then laying on the ground is just as fast.

I had a new driver ask me for help the other day, I had no problem showing him how.

I guess it is just a matter of preference with me. I tried laying them over the wheels first but it worked out better the othet way.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Chain Up Story

I didn't have any options unfortunately. I was committed once I started over Donner and my delivery was in Reno next morning. Headed West back over Donner the next day and the road was clear. Glad to be running the midwest and southeast these days. Still have to deal with winter conditions but at least it's mostly flat!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Chain Up Story

I was heading East over Donner Pass earlier this year when I had to pull over and chain up due to heavy snow and the chain rule going into effect. I had never chained up but I had watched training videos. Just a hint... Lay the chains out and back onto them. Much easier. I got my drives and tandems chained and bungeed. But since I had never done it before I wanted to be sure I had it right. The truck in front of me was driven by a weather-beaten grizzled looking old-timer. I figured that if my chains looked like his I would be in good shape. I also guessed that he would either tell me what he thought or tell me what he thought of me! I walked up and asked if I could see what he had done and explained I hadn't had to chain up before. He turned out to be very helpful and encouraging. He said that if my chains looked like his then I had done better than he the first time he put them on. And he stressed several times for me to drive at my own comfort level and not to let other drivers make me feel like I was going too slow. So the point is.... Don't be worried about approaching someone for advice. There are still drivers who are willing to offer the benefit of their experience.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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'Very chaotic scene' on I-96 as 3 dead, 11 hurt in 40-vehicle pileup

I came up US 127 to I 96 in Lansing yesterday morning. Just south of 96 I got into a heavy snow squall. Couldn't see 2 truck lengths ahead of me so naturally I slowed and put my flashers on. Cars were flying past me at an easy 70 with no lights on. Trucks too. I don't understand why anyone would drive that way. When I got onto 96 in Lansing the road was iced over. Cars spun out and off the road on both sides. I had to creep at a walking pace for several miles and still had my empty trailer try to change lanes on me a couple times. And there were still cars AND trucks just cruising past on my left. Again... I don't get it.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Mornings like this.

Sitting in

Sitting in Ionia MI on a 34 hour reset. I 96 through Lansing was slick as a banana peel th

My keyboard closed on me. Was like a skating rink in Lansing. I was running about 3mph and my empty trailer kept making an appearance in my right side mirror. Meanwhile I was being passed by people doing near the speed limit. Windchill is 9 right now. Looking forward to that load to Florida!

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Mornings like this.

Sitting in Ionia MI on a 34 hour reset. I 96 through Lansing was slick as a banana peel th

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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The More Things Change

1960S educational film on winter driving and pre-trip inspection for truck drivers. Hope the link works.

https://m.youtube.com/results?q=winter%20truck%20driving&sm=1

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Snow Chain Storage

Can you fit them in a side box or under the bunk? I attached a plastic storage bin to the back platform (catwalk) of a truck I used to drive and kept them in there.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Best breed of dog for Truckers

My Husky/Shepherd mix has tagged along with me before. In my opinion it really boils down to your relationship with your pet and personal preferences. I have seen just about every imaginable breed of dog looking out the window of a truck.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Who's parking where tonight?

Love's at exit 167 on 75 in North Baltimore OH. Heading on to Mecosta MI in an hour or so.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Taking Curves

Hi everyone and thanks for all the info and advice. Very helpful and enlightening. I'll continue to do what I've been doing and drive my taters through there at my own comfort level. There's other lanes for the drivers of the rally trucks. And I agree that the I-40 gorge is much less of a hassle than the WV Turnpike also! I am NOT going to be the guy that makes 47,000 lbs of mashed potatoes on I-77.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Taking Curves

Here's the situation. I run I-77 through West VA on nearly every trip. Usually loaded to nearly max weight both gross and on all axles. The loads are loose potatoes about 4 or 5 feet high front to rear in the trailer. By no means top heavy. My tractor is a 2016 Freightliner Columbia glider kit, trailers are a mixed bag of makes, all reefer units. Super singles on tractor and all trailers. I find myself leaning very uncomfortably to either side on the curves on this route at anywhere near the speed limit. Other trucks are passing me like I'm standing still on nearly every curve. And there are only 14 feet of straight roads in West Virginia. Am I being overly cautious? Should I expect a certain amount of lean into a curve and then for the truck to settle in? This is something I was never taught to expect. Looking in the mirror I am not observing the trailer leaning as if it is trying to overturn. Hopefully some of you can offer a little insight from my Reader's Digest version here. Thanks!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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So Long Prime, Hello WW Transport

Hey old Roadie congratulations! I'll be on the lookout for you! W.w. Delivers alot at the Snyder Lance in Charlotte! That's where I work! I wash fuel and drive the trucks there!

I pray blessings to you brother!

Thanks my friend! I'm headed to Deerfield MA to get some taters on Saturday morning for a Monday delivery in Charlotte. I'll see if I can track you down and say hi!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stop

Just a little side note / news - I just parked at the Kenly 95 tonight. The new building they are working on is due to be complete in about 6 weeks. It will be a showroom very similar to the one at Iowa 80 complete with a couple of sexy show trucks with all the chrome and lights, a workout room, and other amenities.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Live unload of car tires. Uggh!

I feel your pain. In my younger days I was Service Manager for the Big 10 tire store in Newnan GA. Had to assist unloading the tire truck in the sultry West Georgia summer sun every week. Easily lost 90% of my body fluid through sweating.

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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How's your truck holding up?

2016 Freightliner Columbia Glider Kit, midroof, Detroit Series 60 dual fuel engine. Had to have both steer tires replaced a couple nights ago. Developed a violent vibration anywhere above 64mph. Left side showed 18 ozs out of balance. Runnin' smooth now!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Your Favorite Truck Stop

Any one that has parking spots when I get there late! But seriously... Kenley 95 in Kenley NC is an Iowa 80 franchise and is nicer than most.

The southernmost of the 2 TA's on 95 north of Richmond VA usually always has spots open.

The Detroiter on 75 in Woodhaven MI has an IHOP and sells used books. Pay to park but it's the best thing around.

Iowa 80 is awesome

Love's in Ellis KS on 70 has a good Mexican restaurant across the street and overflow parking next to the hotel across the corner.

TA in Breezewood PA is large and clean.

When I think of more I'll let you know!

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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So Long Prime, Hello WW Transport

Old Roadie I know we are messin' with you a bit here, all in fun, but seriously be careful with all that unbridled horsepower. It's a different ball game ungoverned. Things can unravel a whole lot faster at 70, then they can at 60. I know you know this, but felt compelled to say it.

Best wishes for continued success and safe travels.

Thanks everyone for the good luck wishes and the giggles. I actually still spend most of my time in the right lane while supertruckers fly past at 80 plus. That's cool... They can find those speed traps for me. And since potato loads are usually maxed out, I need the extra horses and gears to drag myself uphill at 79,000+ gross weight. Now all you Prime folks.... I'll wave as I pass you!

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