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Posted:  2 days, 19 hours ago

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Prime Inc TNT students will see increased mileage requirements in training

PSD is Prime Student Driver. Student with a permit driving the truck with a CDL instructor in the passenger seat. They get acclimated to the truck and practice pretrip inspections. After a couple weeks they come back to Prime to test for their CDL.

TNT is Trainer and Trainee. After getting your cdl the newly hired trainee with their fresh off the press cdl is sent out with a trainer to team drive for 30k miles (50k staring in June). This is when they learn the bulk of what they need to know to run their own truck.

Posted:  6 days, 2 hours ago

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I hit a deer this morning

I was just a few miles from my delivery @ Walmart DC in Pottsville PA this morning when a large black bear bolted out in front of me. I just hung on tight and braced for impact.

Luckily the bear add adequate motivation and just barely got out of the way. If bear had a long tail I probably would have clipped this ones off with the deer guard.

Then a mile later just before the exit a damn deer did the same thing, with slightly more clearance this time but still to close for comfort.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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New Cascadia issues

My 2019 Cascadia did the same thing for a long time. The APU would kick on and the 4-way flashers would come on simultaneously. I'd open one of the doors and the 4-ways would kick on again. On home time part of my morning routine became going outside and turning the 4-ways off that had come on overnight.

Eventually my APU stopped working. It's main circuit board had gone bad and it was unable to engage the APUs cooling fan. So even in zero degree weather my APU would overheat and shut down.

Once that circuit board was replaced the truck stopped tripping the 4-way flashers. The mechanics had no clue what would trip the 4-ways, but I'm assuming it was caused by or signaling some kind of electrical fault.

Just a guess.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Swinging Doors

Yes I was scratching my head when I saw it up there also. The only thing that load lock did was prevent me from closing the doors. I ended up taking it out moments after taking that picture.

That load lock in the picture looks pretty useless!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Swinging Doors

I just waited 7 hours in a dock while a Walmart load was being floor loaded. At least this is a drop/hook at the other end...

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Reefer Question

The only times I've had to worry about moisture in my trailer is before picking up dry loads like paper products, or for floor loads where they are stacking boxes of product right on the floor and against the trailer walls.

Plenty of times I've started precooling to -10 or -20 right after pulling forward out of a wash bay with water still draining out of the trailer. Never have had a problem.

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states

The Prime video reminds me of Starship Troopers propaganda scenes. Swat, Smash and Scrape those bugs! We're at war with the bugs! Kill'm All!!

Apologies, momentary laps there.

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LoL Don't apologise!

Thank you for sharing!

At least now I know I'm not the only one with that same thought!

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states

Just to be safe I exported a copy of that permit to my email and saved it on my phone. My luck the one time I'll be asked to produce the digital copy of that permit I won't have any phone signal.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

Apparently this happened the next day also on I70 West of Denver. Except this time the driver got to an escape ramp.

Runaway Truck

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

No such thing as overly cautious. Your doing the right thing.

My personal goal is to never need to touch the service brake on a decent. I get my speed under control at the top of the hill and decend with engine break only. Ignore all those other fools bombing the hill, they'll never be able to stop or slow if there's a problem ahead. You've got your rig completely under control.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Wal Mart Parking

Until your the next guy to park in that spot.

I once parked at the Atlanta Petro and thankfully I looked down before I stepped out of my truck. I had run over someone's turd and it was smeared all over the ground under my step.

“Snitches get Stiches. *****es get Switches” As one who Dealt with waking up to find the trainers’ random “questionable Bottle of fluid” normally in a cupholder near where I slept, Yeah it’s sucks.... but Deal with it. We all deal with it.

If your ****tin’ under your trailer, it’s not my business. I only can control myself... I hold myself to a higher standard; Choose to poop in a receptical as were humans that have invented Fire & Toilets. I just don’t have the time to “Give a 💩Poop” if another driver is “dropping a load” under his trailer. As long as it ain’t my trailer.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Walmart Pickup Is Awesome

My wife uses this all the time so she doesn't have to pull our 2 daughters out of their car seats and have to keep track of them inside the store.

Just pulls up to the area and they bring the order right out to her and put it in her trunk.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Helpful Equipment For Truckers

On the subject of trailer tandems. I recently had a trailer that suddenly the rear locking pins refused to retract anymore. Usually wacking them with my hammer fixed the problem but these would just pop right back out. I crawled underneath and found that back behind the frame, the bar that pulls the pins back had lost its bolt connecting it to the pin. So as the air pressure sucked the bar in, it had nothing to pull on and the pins just stayed locked in place.

I had an extra cable seal laying around so I used it to reconnect the bar and be able to slide the tandems again.

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This worked perfectly and I was fortunate to be able to run the trailer through our terminal in SLC the next day to get it secured properly.

Funny thing was the "quick fix" worked so well that the mechanics didn't think anything was wrong with the trailer and kicked it back out to the yard as "fixed". I dragged the trailer back to them and crawled under with a mechanic to show them the problem.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

Damn, that is how quickly your everyday driving routine can turn catastrophic if your not on top of your game.

Lots of smoke coming off the wheels as he screamed by. Looks like he cooked his brakes trying to get it under control.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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A World Beyond Sprimo

Love the nice easy truck number.

Congrats!

Posted:  1 month ago

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Truck gear

I use a Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB with the internal Cascadia antenna. Usually if I crank up the squelch to filter out all background noise my listening range is limited to less than a mile, sometimes less than 1/2 mile depending on background noise intensity. If I open the squelch up and listen through the background noise I can hear conversations several miles away reliably. Don't know about transmit range, I rarely speak.

I also use a Blue Tiger Elite headset. Very happy with it.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Advice for a newbie

Before I start a blind side I open my sleeper curtains and take down the blind over the sleepers passenger side window. I can then look through the window giving me increased visibility at certain angles. I'll also have my left hand resting on the passenger side mirror adjustment switch, turning it as my truck and trailer angle change to give me the best available viewing angle. These are both helpful, but very narrow fields of view. It is incredibly important to not let your pride prevent you from setting the brakes and climbing out of the tractor to take that 70+ foot walk to the rear to be absolutely certain your not about to hit something.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Tornado

I think it blew away.

Posted:  1 month ago

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How Can Truckers Protect Themselves From Being Attacked On The Road? Article by Rainy

Now I know that if a hammer comes through my windshield and I hear a woman screaming fire, to just stay in my bunk. It's just Rainy leading her next victim to the dungeon.

Posted:  1 month ago

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First bump in the road

I'm always afraid that's going to happen. If I'm at a pump that has very little room in front to work with, I won't pull up to the line. Id rather have someone get mad at me for sitting in the pump while I go to the restroom, than have my trucks nose tore off.

I don't take long so I haven't had a problem yet. (Always check the kingpin just in case)

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