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Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Thanksgiving dinners for truckers?

I'm specifically thinking of the Chicago area.

Does anyone know of restaurants or truck stops offering free Thanksgiving meals to truckers who are on the road and can't make it home?

Does anyone know of restaurants or truck stops offering free Thanksgiving meals to truckers who are on the road and can't make it home?

Posted:  10 months, 1 week ago

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Thanksgiving dinners for truckers?

Does anyone know of restaurants or truck stops offering free Thanksgiving meals to truckers who are on the road and can't make it home?

Posted:  11 months, 1 week ago

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Firearms?

I have a question. Fo any of you guys caryy firearms in your trucks during any of your trips? I'm asking because I have to go from Chicago to Massachusetts to make a pickup. Because of certain situations unique to this trip which I would prefer not to go into, I am wondering if it would be advisable to carry a weapon on this trip. I don't know what all the laws are from state to state on the route I am traveling (essentially I-80 through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc.). What do any of you do in a situation where you feel it might be safer to carry during a trip?

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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CDL Medical Certificate - license cancellation?

Thank you. I went to the West Chicago facility and got everything straightened out.

One thing I learned: Make sure the provider includes their Registration Number as well as their National Registry Number. The ILSOS won't accept an MEC without both. The provider forgot to include their Registration Number and I had to go all the way back to the clinic to have them add it.

Also, FYI, the West Chicago facility is closing for good after this Friday. The landlord wants to use the property for other purposes so the building is going to be demolished and the land is going to be repurposed. They are looking for somewhere to open a new facility in the same general area but that won't be for awhile yet.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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About transmissions - multi-speed rear axles

Range selectors/splitters, do just that split the gears, from low to high range and back again...... 1st thru 5th low, splitter up, high range 6th thru 10th etc (all in the trans, not the Diff's)

I know what Low and High Range is. My question was, how is this accomplished if not by a multi-speed differential? Does the transmission itself contain two sets of gears which are selected by means of the Range and High/Low Selectors? How does the transmission "know" which gear is being "requested" via the shift lever and Range Selectors?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Best route from Anaheim to Chicago

Which Ryder are you dropping it at?

Bensenville, IL. The same outlet we rented it from.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Best route from Anaheim to Chicago

Are you returning in that rental truck, Steven?

Yes. Freightliner M12 106 from Ryder.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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Best route from Anaheim to Chicago

I am leaving Anaheim, CA thos Tiesday to take a load to Chicago. I am trying to decide the best route yo take. There are two ways to go - either follow "Route 66" (I 15 to I 40 to I 55) or go I 15 to I 70 to I 80. Does anyone know what the weather forecast is for Colorado and whether chains are more or less likely to be required on one route or the other?

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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GeoTab

My question essentially is, I need to make sure it's properly set up. I'm renting a Ryder truck this week and they use GeoTab. The company I'm with has no regular fleet - they only need to rent a truck once a year for an annual trade convention. I'm reading through their Driver Training Guide and it assumes a company that has a regular fleet and a regular staff of drivers. This company has neither.

Posted:  2 years, 8 months ago

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GeoTab

Does anyone here have experience using GeoTab ELDs? I need to ask a few questions.

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

I know about the permits required by some states. But I'm confused now. Do you, or do you not, need to keep driver logs when driving a non- CDL commercial vehicle? The replies I received here ssid no, a CHP officer told me yes. Do different states have different requirements? Is going across state lines in furtherance of a business the determining factor?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

No need to apologize. You do not need to log anything. Just be smart, if you are tired, take a break.

At a California weigh station, heading back from my trip, I was told by a CHP officer that logs are required even on a Class C vehicle if the the " vehicle is being operated in furtherance of a business." He didn't cite me for not having them ($1000 fine), but he advised me to get a log book and fill it out for the past 7 days in case I'm stopped again, which I have done. The replies I received seemed to indicate that logs are not required on a non-CDL truck. Did I misunderstand something?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

My question is: I am a Class B driver. My company is renting a truck from Enterprise ( a non-CDL truck 26.') to take our gear out to California for a trade convention. We will haves the truck from Jan. 17 through Jan.31, leaving Chicago for Anaheim, CA on the 17th and returning on the 31st. Will I be required to use an ELD? What, precisely, are the Federal regulations regarding rental trucks and ELDs? I wo hi ldnlike simply to use paper RODS if possible.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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CDL Class B

I am in the Chicago area.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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CDL Class B

Don't think there's any such thing as a manual transmission "endorsement" per se' - just the lack of auto transmission RESTRICTION.

That may well be - I am uncertain about the terminology. When I took my skills and road test, I had to tell the person behind the counter at the test facility, "manual."

Class B work is going to be (typically) "route work" - like driving a Frito Lay truck, Pepsi truck, etc - delivering to local retailers and setting up product displays.

That's fine with me, since that is the type of driving I have been doing, and essentially what I am looking for.

Posted:  5 years, 8 months ago

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CDL Class B

I've just obtained my Class B CDL License. I would like to know what opportunities there are for part-time work as a Class B driver. I'm not looking to be a driver full-time - I already have a regular occupation (musician). But, getting a CDL License is something I have been wanting to do for some time for personal reasons. Now that I have it, I would like to make use of it in some way. (I have both air brake and manual transmission endorsements.)

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