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Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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New truck!!

Nice! My T680 is very similar, and I love it, but I'm jealous of those cabinets over the bunk lol. Considering making some to put on the top bunk, but then the bunk would have to be lowered. *pout*

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Low freight volume

OS... thank you.

It takes time to gain perspective. As rookies, we are so absorbed in learning how to drive a massive vehicle safely, company policies and procedures, and adjusting to a huge lifestyle change that we don't see or understand the bigger picture. That comes with time. Once we feel more competent and things become a little more routine, we begin to see the ebb and flow of the business of trucking. Like drivers, companies can only control so much; there are so many aspects to this business, and it takes awhile before all the pieces begin to fit together. Changing companies makes this process take much longer, and eventually you find that most companies are fairly similar; it's little things that are different between them, and you have to ask yourself, is it really worth starting all over with a new company? I know, I did it this way, against advice seen and given here, and have my regrets now. I think it's ironic that five companies later, we had it best at our first... unless this one is as good as it seems to be. (Yeah, I hear it lol). Thing is, at the time, each time, we thought we had a good reason... only to find some of those reasons rather laughable now. Not trying to derail the thread, just trying to support the advice given here on Trucking Truth with a real world example... myself lol.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Low freight volume

Ok, yeah, I was way off base... sorry OS, and everyone else. My post doesn't help, just puts negativity out there. sorry.gif

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Low freight volume

Not sure if this is out of line, but I'm betting a lot of companies are struggling to find loads paying enough. I had a chat with dispatch last week, and he was frustrated by the rates loads are paying. But then, they are still building a solid customer base, so many are brokered loads, which usually go to the lowest bidder.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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I'm Running Out Of Logbook Hours. Need help!

Oops, sorry.... correction... until your 14 hour clock is less than your 11.

Maybe I should be sleeping lol.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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I'm Running Out Of Logbook Hours. Need help!

The company I'm with likes their drivers to do a 34 each week, so I don't really run recaps here, but I have before. Thank you for clarifying the 8.5 hrs each day...I forgot to.

As for off duty, no it doesn't affect drive time until your 11 hour clock is lower than your 14 hour clock... which happens when you waste time in off duty (like shopping each time you stop for fuel, or taking a longer than 30 min break, or .. well those minutes add up and before you know it, you've used up that 3 hour cushion to complete 11 hours of driving.

And that's assuming you're not waiting at shippers and/ or receivers, which can also eat up your 14 hour clock, and leave you with less than 11 hours to drive.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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I'm Running Out Of Logbook Hours. Need help!

Donna, if your truck only does 58mph, and you do Atlanta often, and mountains too, I personally would use a lower mph speed, because the avg isn't really 55. When i trip plan my loads (I actually do a quick calculation for 50-75mph in 5mph increments, for a worst case/ best case scenario, but that's just me), I use a low mph avg not because that's what I'll actually avg, but because it gives me a cushion of time if I need one for unexpected accidents or other delays. If there are none, then I have a less stressful trip where i can enjoy the drive and scenery lol.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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I'm Running Out Of Logbook Hours. Need help!

When running on recaps, as i understand that's what you're trying to do, takes a little extra to trip plan, yes. It gets easier to understand though. For each load, you calculate how much time you need to complete it successfully, then you calculate each day you're going to be on the load, (i.e. how many hours you'll start with, use, then get back each day), then compare the hours you'll have to the hours the load requires, and if you have enough, plan the trip... route, weather, construction, etc.,... taking into account the loading and unloading appt times. At this point i usually know if i can do a load legally. Not sure what your routine is, as everyone has their own, but i usually run my clock out each day. Just the way i get dispatched at this company. So, if i were to run recaps, i would get back max hours each day. When running recaps, bear in mind, that the hours you don't use and off duty hours stay in your 70. Hours in on duty and driving come back on the 8th day. So... the more you drive, the more hours you get back. The more on duty you have, the more you get back.. however! The more time you spend in on duty, or off duty, the less time you have to drive each day, so keep a close eye on your clock and try not to waste time.

Does this help at all? I'm not so good at explaining either lol.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Log violation.

I normally do the same, except I usually don’t bother logging the trailer pretrip. I was wondering if it is required by DOT.

Do what you log; log what you do. Anything else is falsification of logs.

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Surgery Tomorrow. (Positive thoughts and prayers appreciated).

Marc, you'll be just fine! Healing energy sent your way....

Posted:  7 months, 3 weeks ago

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My satanic fifth wheel

JYD

I, too, have issues with my fifth wheel releasing. Also a 19 KW. That switch you located behind the Qualcomm with the red cover switch... I can lift the red cover, however, above and below thay cover are what look to be 5th wheel slide pics. That seems odd to me. Why a cover with a button below if they do the same thing? Or do they? confused.gif

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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West Side

Congratulations, Scott D.! It's tough to decide, isn't it? Isn't that who Susan drives for?

Posted:  7 months, 4 weeks ago

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I'm approved!!!

Woot woo!!

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Posted:  8 months ago

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The Road Less Traveled; Governed Truck Speed

I'd wanted to contribute in this thread a few days ago, but haven't had the time.. don't really even now, but... As a driver who has driven trucks governed at 62, 65,68, and now 75mph, i haven proven to myself that 66+ miles an hour keeps you in the flow of traffic, if not changing lanes constantly to pass slower moving vehicles. Both are hazardous for trucks, and unless I'm on wide open roads in daylight and calm weather, I'm usually tagging behind the flow of traffic so I can maintain my cushion. Sometimes i feel that because my truck is governed so high, my dispatchers want me to cover more miles each day; however, my response to that is very basic and very adamant: i will go as fast as i safely can.

Keep on keepin on y'all!!

Posted:  8 months ago

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The Sapp Bros., Lee & Bill

Great little places! I, too, hope the chain survives their passing. RIP Lee & Bill.

Posted:  8 months ago

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Wind & Carelessness

Not yet, PackRat, but i will when i shut down tonight. I was thinking after i made that comment, that there were warnings of severe storms a bit south of me. Wasn't trying to say it didn't happen, just that i was in that area last night. Still amazes me how weather can be soooo different just a few miles away lol.

Thanks, Noob! I feel a little better not being the only one lol. I'm wondering if it's an air ride thing maybe? All i do know, is if i try to accelerate, the left side of my truck feels like it's lifting and each gust is pushing me strongly enough my left arm aches, and i am well used to winds of this velocity. confused.gif

Posted:  8 months ago

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Wind & Carelessness

There were some videos on CDLLife of trucks near Amarillo, TX yesterday getting blown around and two that overturned. Sustained winds were reported at 64 mph, gusting to 80 mph plus. No truck should be on the road with those conditions.

That's odd, cuz i spent my 10 in the petro in Amarillo. I must have slept hard lol. There were winds sure, but only like 17mph or so.

Anyway, i have a question for kenworth drivers, or anyone familiar with newer ones... I'm fighting 25-35mph winds, gusts to 45, but I'm loaded +44 thou. I don't understand why I'm having to fight so hard to stay off the shoulder with every gust and truck that blows by. I'm lucky if i do 55mph, more like 50-53. Is it because it's pretty much a cross wind, or is it this truck? The 17 Volvo i had last liked to lean with the wind, but i wouldn't fight to remain on the road. A lighter load and i wouldn't be so concerned, I'd just be going much, much slower, if not off the road all together.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Wind & Carelessness

Putting the landing gear down adds more stability too.

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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I'm Back From My Trip

Brett, those are some absolutely stunning views! Thank you for sharing your trip!

Posted:  8 months, 1 week ago

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Leave marker lights on?

Personally, i appreciate when drivers have their marker lights on cuz it helps me see the corners of their equipment, but then i have difficulty with seeing in the dark lol.

Yes, as long as your apu is on, or at least in standby, it'll kick on when battery gets to programmed voltage.. for example, the apu in my last truck, a Volvo, would kick on at 12.6. There's an on/ off button (mine is on my bunk heater panel), that when turned on will display the current battery voltage for your viewing pleasure lol... it also kicks on the inverter in many setups, which supplies power to extras like wall outlets, microwaves, tvs, etc..

Did i explain this correctly, guys?

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