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Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Worst Day Ever

The caveat.. our safety director called me yesterday and says that DOT officer hit me with 57? CSA points due to the fire. I need someone to explain how the 5th axle burned but #4 was fine, why I didn't have alarms or appreciable loss of airpressure. I also need lessons on understanding CSA points.

I need those lessons too. But first, is that a typo? 57 points? 7 points? Five 7 point violations? A 5 point and a 7 point?

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Fuel Card Rewards

Oh man, all the time. And I had really long hair on top of that. Yeah, pretty much everyone I came across had something to say about something the first five years or so. I thought it was great.

So you never really felt like this about it?

Well, you walk into a restaurant, strung-out from the road... And you feel the eyes upon you as you're shaking off the cold... You pretend it doesn't bother you but you just want to explode...

Most times you can't hear 'em talk, other times you can... All the same old clich├ęs: "Is that a woman or a man?"... And you always seem outnumbered, you don't dare make a stand...

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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A Husband and Wife Trucking Journey

Good luck, Larry. I hope the Blue Volvo has a new clutch in it by Monday.

Now I have another question: Are semi clutches self adjusting, or is manually restoring free play to the pedal part of normal maintenance? From a self-adjusting/automotive perspective, the disk is down to its rivets, and whoever is trying to adjust that out of it would just be fooling themselves and damaging the flywheel.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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A Husband and Wife Trucking Journey

Maybe you scared her by repeatedly 'slipping the clutch' and feathering the throttle when she wanted you to just go. (you weren't riding the clutch, but it sounds like she didn't know that) And then, on that final turn into the yard, you were slipping the clutch again so she stopped you.

I can think of three things you could have done there, were all three automatic fails?

1. Stop when she told you, right in the crosswalk. Autofail seems to have been the result, but you obeyed a safety order from the licensed driver in charge of the vehicle.

2. Complete the turn she just ordered you not to take (autofail, right? or worse than autofail, if that's possible?)

3. Abort the turn and stop after the crosswalk. Is this a fail too?

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Taxman...Prime 401k answers

Thanks. It all sounds pretty standard. My Resmed AutoPAP has CDMA (Verizon) modem built in.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Name the best and worst truck stops in America and Canada.

My niece on my sister's side is a germaphobe. She's had a bottle of hand sanitizer on her key chain at least as long as she's been a mother. She wouldn't be caught dead in a truck stop bathroom.

My great niece on my brother's side is more on the slovenly side. She started carrying sanitizer on her key chain last summer, after she started riding in her dad's semi. I never made the connection before today.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Apu exemption and steer axle

I've seen this, but it still doesn't address the topic of exceeding an individual component's GWR rating.

Brian did address it, see below. But I'm with you, the GAWR is a mechanical/physical limit, not a legislative limit, where does Congress get off thinking it can repeal the laws of physics by legislative fiat? Maybe they should pass a daylight savings time law that really works, all they have to do is require the sun to set later in the day.

The exemption, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in August 2005 as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, increases a vehicle's maximum gross vehicle weight limit and axle weight limit by 400 pounds. This allows for the adding of qualified idle-reduction technology, such as an APU.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Random Funny Stuff

Also Hell, Michigan. Not to mention Vulcan, Paradise, Christmas, Temperance, and Jugville. And of course, Intercourse, Pennsylvania.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Step one complete!

Awesome!

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Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Got accepted into CFI school!!

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Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Worst Day Ever

So, what I didn't know is that a wrecker cannot pull a loaded trailer without having it hooked to a truck. So he proceeds to hook the trailer back to my truck and towed the whole kit and caboodle back to our Indy yard. So yeah, he towed a perfectly good truck.

Don't know why, but this reminds me of something that happened 30 years ago.

Towing service with only one heavy duty wrecker gets called to tow a semi rig. Heavy duty wrecker breaks down after hook-up.

So the dispatcher sends another guy out with a F350 with a wheel lift stinger on the back. F350 driver picks up the heavy duty wrecker with semi tractor and trailer attached. Lansing city cop pulls them over, tickets the F350 driver. They drop the semi and tow the big wrecker home with the F350. I can't remember if they towed the semi with another F350 or handed the job off to another towing company. I'm thinking those clowns towed the semi with an F350.

When they got back to the shop, F350 driver was griping about his overlength ticket. I thought the cop was doing him a favor if that's all he wrote it for.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Are there companies out there that are totally no touch freight

Is entering the trailer an essential job function?

Is it a reasonable accommodation to have to make arrangements to maintain the interior of your trailer without involving your one legged driver?

OTOH, anybody who brings up the Americans with Disabilities Act in a job interview is going to be as welcome as lump of plutonium.

On the other other hand, how much harder is it to climb into the trailer with a portable ladder than to climb into the cab, considering that getting into the cab clearly is an essential job function? (serious question, I'm not the guy who has to get around on 1 1/3 legs)

https://www.eeoc.gov/policy/docs/accommodation.html

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Overweight scale ticket

He needs to be at or below 12k on the steers. I don't think he had enough available holes to move almost 3000 pounds off the drives.

Oh, I see now (says the blind man). If I'm over 46k, I CAN'T balance the fifth wheel, because if I've got a 12k front axle I'd be putting it over GAWR until I got back to the dock to have them put some weight on the tandems.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Overweight scale ticket

A bit presumptuous for someone not in school yet...

Again...your point for asking these questions?

Asking questions is presumptuous?

The reason for asking: I thought the steers and drives looked out of balance from what I was learning, and I wondered if there was a reason for that that I wasn't aware of.

And either the rig weighed more than I expected it to, or the shipper understated the load weight, and I was curious which it was.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Overweight scale ticket

Yes, my fifth wheel is pretty far back. I just got a new truck with 33 miles on it and waiting to get a decent load of 40-44k to set my fifth wheel. Have happened yet. Lol.

Looks like you had 47,500 on your steers and drives today. Would balancing it to 12,100 + 45,400 have gotten your fifth wheel in a good enough spot?

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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Overweight scale ticket

2 Questions:

What's your tare weight?

Why is your fifth wheel that far back?

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Camera options

I think most of them have a snapshot button.

The Spytec A119 (get the real one, there are cheap copies out there) shoots 1080 at 30 or 60 fps or 1440 at 30 fps, has 160 degree field of view. If you hit the menu button once while it's recording, it takes a snapshot. Or you can just take screen shots out of the video later.

Brett mentions stabilization which is probably necessary for viewable video, either built into the camera or post processed with a video editor.

I'm not sure if individual frames from a dash cam would be sharp or blurred if the video was shot from a semi galloping down the freeway. (on some stretches of I-69 near me, the trucks actually appear to gallop like horses, it's definitely not a smooth ride)

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Camera options

What's your idea of high resolution, 1080p, 1440p, higher? A lot of them have viewing angles between 160 and 180 degrees, is that enough?

https://dashcamtalk.com/best-dash-cams-of-2017/

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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New truck or change company

Roll prevention?

Is that an alarm to tell you you're turning too fast, or a mechanical system like auto braking?

Does it run you off a freeway ramp to keep you from flipping your rig on the ramp?

Posted:  4 years, 9 months ago

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Do you fear autonomous trucking technology?

Whenever progress displaces current jobs, unions protest and fight, but it does them as much good as it would have done a gaslight maker to demand a ban on electricity 100 years ago.

That said, autonomous CMVs are absolutely not an issue in your career future if you're 40 years old. And probably not if you're 21.

My dad has quite a collection of mainstream science magazines. Popular Science, Science and Mechanics, Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, I read them all, from the mid 1950s forward. In the 1950s, they had serious articles, describing how we'd be driving to work in George Jetson jet cars by 1975, complete with serious scientific explanations of how it was going to happen. Well, my dad didn't fly to work in 1975, I didn't fly to work in 2015, and I can guarantee I'm not flying to the office in 2025, nor is an autotruck going to drive itself from the Port of Los Angeles to the WalMart distribution center in 2035.

If you're 21 and single and want to be a trucker, just do it. Put $1500 a month in the 401k, $5500 a year in an IRA, and invest it all in a year 2050 target fund. And if robots take your job in 30-40 years, just retire as a millionaire. I know a retired transportation worker who pretty much did that, the president killed his dream job before he was 25, so he stayed with the job he was in until he got fed up with it, then quit and rolled his 401k into an IRA and started taking $80k a year out of it while he waits to reach social security age. He has more in that IRA now than he had before he started taking distributions. (now it's one thing for me to say "stick $18000 a year in your 401k" but it's another thing to actually do it if you decide to go the wife and kids route, the guy I'm talking about with the ginormous IRA is still single and he's older than me)

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