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Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CDL 2025 Automatic restriction removal

Great point BK,

Another fact to consider even though not a high probability is if you were to break down or needed a rental truck but it had a manual trans you could not legally drive it. Therefore you would be sitting idle and no income. And like you said maybe a great job opportunity could arise and you would have to pass it up.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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CDL 2025 Automatic restriction removal

I have always felt that the auto restriction was BS. When you obtain any driver license in any state to drive initially there is no auto restriction. If you pass the written and driving exams you have a license period and can drive any 4 wheeler legally. But when you want to drive a big truck they tell you that you have to have a "special" restriction placed on your license. Even though a lot of companies have gone to auto trans. you still should not have a restriction to drive a specific trans.

The standard restrictions make sense such as Haz-Mat, doubles-triples, tankers etc. as they are specialized conditions but what does an auto restriction accomplish? Glad I'm retired as I wouldn't want an auto restriction, electronic logs and all the sensors and computers controlling my driving. I did just fine for 44 years and over 3 million miles.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Back on the road

BK,

I will be in Savannah, Tn. which is south of I-40 and west of I-65 near Shiloh National Park. Also north of Corinth,MS.

I am about 1/2-1 hr from any of the major truck stops but with an email & heads up I will gladly meet drivers.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Back on the road

Thanks for your reply BK,

We started full time rving in 2018 but got sidelined by the Covid fiasco, bought a park model home here in Winter Haven, FL and traveled in the summer. My avatar picture is the Ram and 5th wheel. Not hard to notice as I "chromed it up" a little and some chicken lights.

I have met Pack Rat, Laura aka Id.Mtn Gal, Big Scott and PJ. It's always a pleasure and fun to be able to put a face to the members here on TT. If anyone is nearby where I'm at just an email with a heads up so I have time to get to the meet and greet would be my pleasure. Take care everyone.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Back on the road

Good afternoon drivers,

It's time for the wife and I to hit the highway once again in our 5th wheel. This time we are going back to full time rving, sold our mobile home and visit our kids more often.

Most of our summer and fall will be in the town of Savannah,Tn. and the winters will be in Pensacola, Fl.

I would like to continue the meet and greets I have enjoyed with quite a few of the drivers here on TT. I will be close enough to I-65 for the Tennessean, in Cornersville, Tn. and The Oasis on I-10 in Robertsdale, Al. Send me an email and I'll do my best to meet up with you.

Be safe drivers and have a great summer.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Massive Layoffs At UPS A Big Win For The Union!

It is incorrect in stating that all union jobs pay great. Only if your union company is paying their drivers under "The Master Freight Contract ". All union jobs will usually offer better benefits, overtime, etc.

I have worked under both the Master Freight Contract and individual company plans that were negotiated on a company to union Contract. In both cases the working conditions were always good.

All unions are not the same and drivers need to evaluate their own needs before they either agree for or against unions. My father was a very dedicated long time Teamster from the 1940s until his death and would back his beliefs. I personally belonged early in my career, layer off in mid 1970s and took a withdrawal card and re-entered in the mid 1980s when I moved to Florida until the job closed. I never again worked for Teamster job. To each his own.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Owner OPs leaving their truck running all night?

You surely won't get any complaints from the residents.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Tooting my own horn.

Congratulations! You have the right to brag about your accomplishment. Keep up the good work.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Owner OPs leaving their truck running all night?

It seems like a lot of today's drivers have become spoiled or pampered. I spent my early career during the 1960s and 1970s. I had no a/c, no power steering, bunk, apu, inverter, auto. trans. or computer to tell me when to drive or stop.

In the summer you opened the vent windows and floor vent and sweated and tried not to swallow the bugs. When you had to sleep I had a rope hammock slung under my trailer and no one bothered you in those days.

In the winter you idled at 1000 rpms, placed a piece of plywood across the seats with a blanket and slept like a baby. You took a shower in a back room community shower just like high school. No fancy tile and sometimes no hot water.

There were no microwaves or refrigerators in the trucks. You ate your meals in the sit down restaurants in the drivers area of the truckstops.

We all survived those "harsh conditions" without today's fancy large cars. Just think how easy it is today when compared to the good old days.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

Thanks to the Meet and Greet thread here on TT I have had the pleasure of meeting both PackRat and Big Scott. I have sat and enjoyed lunch and small talk with both and hold them in high regard.

I will not pass judgement on either of them as my opinion is based on the conversations that we enjoyed and everyone is entitled their own feelings.

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