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Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Are Volvo trucks all automatic?

D13 I meant.

Just went to the Volvo website and went through the "Build your Volvo" process for a VNL 740. Have to admit that was kind of fun. Wonder if Ryder would let me spec out my next truck as a driver retention incentive?

Any way, It looks like if you go with the Detroit D14 then the I Shift is your only option in either regular or severe service configurations. If you go with the Cummins all the Eaton Fuller manuals 10,13,18 speeds are available along with a 6 speed Allison automatic.

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But if you call a Volvo dealer you can no longer order a manual Volvo as per Volvo in Springfield Mo.

Perhaps this is for an individual truck not a fleet.

Pereonally as someone who trained on a manual, i would suggest not making it a deal breaker. If you drive an automatic for a few months and learn backing and turns and getting past the fear.... then testing to remove the restriction would be easy.

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Posted:  3 days, 17 hours ago

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Are Volvo trucks all automatic?

Just went to the Volvo website and went through the "Build your Volvo" process for a VNL 740. Have to admit that was kind of fun. Wonder if Ryder would let me spec out my next truck as a driver retention incentive?

Any way, It looks like if you go with the Detroit D14 then the I Shift is your only option in either regular or severe service configurations. If you go with the Cummins all the Eaton Fuller manuals 10,13,18 speeds are available along with a 6 speed Allison automatic.

But if you call a Volvo dealer you can no longer order a manual Volvo as per Volvo in Springfield Mo.

Perhaps this is for an individual truck not a fleet.

Pereonally as someone who trained on a manual, i would suggest not making it a deal breaker. If you drive an automatic for a few months and learn backing and turns and getting past the fear.... then testing to remove the restriction would be easy.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Best Paid CDL school. I AM in TEXAS

Millis Transfer has a school in Burleson, Texas. They are a very good company and have a Texas regional fleet as well as OTR. Good thing about them is that after your 3 weeks of school your are out with a trainer and their trainee pay is very good.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Eagle Rider for Motorcycle Rentals

I had a membership with them for a year and used them a couple of times. Canceled just because I could not use that many days. If you think your will use 12+ days a year the membership is the way to go.

First time I used them was out in Vegas a couple of years ago. I rented a Triumph adventure tourer and my 20 year old daughter and I did about 250 miles around Lake Mead and through the Valley of Fire State Park.

Other time was a guys bike trip in Feb 2016. 4 of us flew into Fort Lauderdale and rented Harleys, first and last time I ever rode a Harley. We rode down to Key West for a night then rode up to Naples to visit my son and then back to Fort Lauderdale.

They have expanded quite a lot the last few years. They used to have a wide selection of bikes available but I believe they have a formal relationship with HD now which may limit the selection to Harleys.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Why when I back.

Last week I delivered to a dock that was on a slight incline. I am in an auto and I was sure I was in the dock. I go back to chock the wheels only to see the forklift operator laughing at me with the trailer about 3 feet short of the dock. Said it happens all the time. I looked closer and noticed that there was a raised section of concrete that the front wheels were pushing against. it was only about an inch higher but with the incline it was enough to feel like the dock.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Who says beer and cars don't mix?

You think that's bad? At my old corporate gig UPS was one of our clients. I made the mistake of using FedEx to overnight something to them. I received some "remedial training" so that I never did that again.

We get messages "Do NOT take Yoplait trailers to Chobani as they are competitors" lol

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Who says beer and cars don't mix?

Would have gotten real interesting if it that been reported stolen when they went through the border crossing.

Oh boy, someone may be looking for a job for that one before its over. Kinda funny though when your not the one involved

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Who says beer and cars don't mix?

Saw an interesting situation yesterday.

I drive for Ryder on a dedicated automotive account. When I pulled into the customer yesterday I noticed a very nice looking trailer with extensive graphics for a Canadian craft beer. It got my attention because everything in our yard is always one of just a few different companies trailers. It was hooked up to one of our Canadian O/Os that make the cross border runs for us.

I get inside and the dispatcher made a comment that she was spending her morning trying to figure out how a load of company auto freight ended up on a beer trailer.

It was a relay load so the current driver didn't know anything but apparently the original team could not find a company empty so they just helped themselves to what ever trailer they could find at the drop yard. Dispatch contacted the owners and worked out a plan to get it back where it belongs and agreed to pay some sort of rental fee.

Posted:  2 months ago

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My satanic fifth wheel

Just a thought, but I wonder if the PB Blaster may be part of the problem. PBB is a very thin, light weight lubricant. Things like fifth wheels need heavy duty lubrication that stays in place, hence thick nasty fifth wheel grease. I wonder if the PBB may be flushing out the grease and allowing things to bind?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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My satanic fifth wheel

How in the hell did that happen the Dolly's got cranked up that high?

When the trailer is way too high or low that usually means the lot has high and low spots and the yard switcher did not adjust the legs after moving the trailer. We have a row in our yard where the legs come down in a drainage depression. If the yard guy did not adjust them you can not even get the tires under the trailer. Thats when I flag one of them down and ask them to lift it so I can crank them down with the weight off.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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My satanic fifth wheel

Just a couple thoughts:

1) Before you push the automatic release button you must be in neutral with the tractor brakes set. 2) You have to keep the button pushed until you hear the fifth wheel release. I always roll down my window and listen for it. 3) On my Freightliner a dash message pops up telling you that the fifth wheel is released, are you seeing any indications on the dash that anything has happened? 4)After I hear it release I always put it into gear before releasing the parking brake.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Storage in New Cascadia

I thought it was just me with the closet. I have a pair of jeans and a rain jacket hanging up and a couple towels on the bottom and it is stuffed full.

Guessing you have those overhead storage bins? The ladder.. took me several months to stop thinking any day I was going to have a skull fracture.

Those bins are larger than you might think but seriously difficult to organize effectively. I use 2 different sizes of sterilite brand totes in mine with not much success. The closet is smaller than the one in the 2016 too.. I've given up on hanging anything in it and squeeze a large duffel on end in there. Sad, I know.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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CMV Weight Issues

My first job out of college in 1984 was as a dispatcher with an old LTL company McLean Trucking. They used to do this with LTL freight!! Even had a long straight away in the back of the yard nicknamed "The Drag Strip". Thing looked like an airport runway with all the skid marks from locking up the pre ABS rigs.

Hate to see what things looked like at the other end when they unloaded. Probably also explains the huge fenced in Over/Short/Damaged cage they had in the middle of the dock.

You could just try a few hard stops. That ought to take care of it. smile.gif

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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VA Slow Roll Sat. 3/2: I-95 Doswell Truck Stop to Downtown Richmond at 11 a.m.

If you combined the IQ's of this group of idiots, you couldn't come up with the number for the legal and safe air pressure for 1 steer tire.

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Now that is some funny stuff right there.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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VA Slow Roll Sat. 3/2: I-95 Doswell Truck Stop to Downtown Richmond at 11 a.m.

I got stuck in the "slow roll" around Indy last week. Supposedly they made 2 laps around 465. Mainly O/Os the trucks having all the stereotypical chrome, lights and train whistle horns that they kept blowing.

Law enforcement was out in force and they had several large groups pulled over. They did pretty much stick to the right lane but it still made for a mess.

What I find ironic is that they claim to be this fiercely independent group, yet some of their major complaints are to have shippers, brokers, oil companies, etc treat them better. They basically are asking others to support their inefficient and financially ill concieved business model.

If they would just admit to themselves that they are hobbyists, and not the major players in the transportation industry they think they are, maybe the truth wouldn't hurt so much.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Don't think, just do as I say

I agree as well. I had one trainer tell me I was being "To cautious" in an unfamiliar truck stop. My second one went ballistic when I put a few gallons more fuel in one tank then the other.

I eventually decided the OTR training was not working for me. I told the training director that both those guys were nutcases and he basically agreed with me. He tried to talk me into staying but I was done. I do not recommend the course I took but my circumstances were a little different then most folks going through company training.

After 14 months solo with zero incidents, a quarterly safety award and numerous customer compliments phoned into the office, I don't think I was the problem.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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CDL B DRIVER GOING FOR CLASS A

You may want to look at Dayton Freight. They are a very good company and I know that they hire Class B drivers and operate in your area. One of their recruiters calls me to check in about once a month so they definitely have a need for drivers.

I want to do exactly what your cousin did but haven't found a company to offer that in the Chicago area yet.

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If your class B is current, you have recent experience, and a clean record, look for local companies that operate both box trucks and semis. Apply for a class B job driving the straight truck and there is a very good chance they will upgrade you if you express an interest and have shown a good work record.

I have a cousin who is the safety manager at a 50+ truck expediting company and he has a program he calls B to A. He gets a lot of drivers by hiring dump truck, school bus and other class B drivers and putting them through the program after they have been successful with the box truck.

Indeed.com is a good place to look.

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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CDL B DRIVER GOING FOR CLASS A

If your class B is current, you have recent experience, and a clean record, look for local companies that operate both box trucks and semis. Apply for a class B job driving the straight truck and there is a very good chance they will upgrade you if you express an interest and have shown a good work record.

I have a cousin who is the safety manager at a 50+ truck expediting company and he has a program he calls B to A. He gets a lot of drivers by hiring dump truck, school bus and other class B drivers and putting them through the program after they have been successful with the box truck.

Indeed.com is a good place to look.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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W2 information

Just to be clear you did go through orientation with both companies and actually received paychecks?

Many times you are not an actual employee until later in the process depending upon what kind of training program you are in.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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CDL AUTOMATIC RESTRICTION

In her case you have 2 state bureaucracies involved so it is very possible the lack of a restriction made it through the process. She basically got lucky.

I would not try and use this as a work around to avoid the restriction because it likely won't work a second time.

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