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Posted:  5 hours, 11 minutes ago

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Can someone clarify the difference between "arrived at shipper" and "arrived at stop"?

Oops

Wrong numbers lol.

3 is depart shippers and 4 depart receiver.

Posted:  5 hours, 14 minutes ago

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Can someone clarify the difference between "arrived at shipper" and "arrived at stop"?

For Prime arriving at any location is macro 1. You then fill in what stop location it is you have arrived at.

Macro 2 is departure macro for shippers, and macro 3 is departure macro for receivers.

Posted:  13 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy

Ya great idea...

Impatient 4 wheeler is trying to pass the convoy before thier exit, which is only 1/2 mile up the road. 4 wheeler underestimates length of convoy and cuts across the nose of the lead convoy vehicle to dart across to their exit. (How many times has this happen to you?)

Now not only does the lead truck have to brake hard, but the entire convoy better be able to brake just as hard at the exact same moment or you have one hell of a truck pile up.

Posted:  1 day, 12 hours ago

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Ok CB poll

Hardly any traffic on USB or LSB. Useful if your trying to maintain contact with a specific person who also has SSB capability.

If I'm bored I'll switch over to 38 LSB and listen for folks shooting skip.

What about the 12 W side band ability of the Uniden?

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Cobra 29LX, output mod, echo mod, receive mod.

Rick

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Posted:  1 day, 18 hours ago

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Ok CB poll

I have the Uniden. Been working great for me.

Posted:  3 days, 10 hours ago

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Springfield, IL Walmart Bans Trucks Entirely After City Issues $50k In Fines!

Rocky Mount NC has banned vehicles over 25' or over 10000lbs from parking within city limits. Even on your own property.

Several Walmarts ive spoken to have stated that they have no problem with trucks parking. Drivers usually buy lots of supplies and are good customers. But the towns will come in and ticket or boot the trucks based on town ordnances.

People hate trucks.

Their attitude is simply, "Bring me my stuff, then GTFO."

Posted:  3 days, 11 hours ago

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Help Me Find The Best Stories From Our Training Diaries

Found it.

I'll now be reading this one.

I love my OTR position, but it's not working out so well for my wife and little girls. May be looking into this path.

Thanks for mentioning it.

I liked 6stringrhythms diary about going into LTL. It's what led me to this community. I just dont have time at the moment to hunt it down.

Posted:  4 days, 10 hours ago

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Struggling double clutch downshift

It's actually more than just rpm and mph.

In a car the transmission is synchronized. If you choose the wrong gear you may cause the car to bog down or over rev, but it will go into gear.

These trucks use unsynchronized transmissions. The driver must manually match engine, transmission, and wheel speeds. If they aren't in sync, it won't go into gear. You can measure engine speed with your tachometer, and wheel speed with your speedometer, but you have no means to measure transmission speed.

This is why you double clutch.

As you press the clutch and pull stick out of gear you disengage the engine from the transmission, and the transmission from the wheels. All 3 components then start losing speed at their own pace, getting further out of sync. You can still control engine speed with your throttel, but you have no control or measure of transmission speed. To fix this once we pull the transmission out of gear, we release the clutch to reengage it with the engine. Now that the engine and transmission are connected you can apply throttle to spin up both the engine and transmission in sync to your required rpm. Now that everything is in alignment you briefly press the clutch again and push the stick into next gear to connect engine/transmission with the wheels. Take care not to hold the clutch in to long, or the transmission will again lose speed and be out of sync.

Posted:  4 days, 13 hours ago

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Game: How Do You Motivate Yourself?

Knowledge and Fear

The Knowledge that 801052 is out there, stalkng it's next victim.

The Fear that if I rest for to long, 801052 will catch me. Sometimes at night I wake in a panic and check the GPS tracker, just to be sure I have enough distance to comfortably rest.

Survival is my motivator.

801052 is out there....

Posted:  5 days, 7 hours ago

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Grabbing wrong trailer?

Back in June I was delivering a produce load to the Walmart DC in Brundidge AL. They only had a few doors for unloading produce and basically left it up to the driver's to form a line and back into an available door when a trailer was pulled. This location also had you drop your trailer in the door and then go park in separate bobtail parking area.

I had helped out a driver who was lost in the chaos of the place and spent a short time joking around with him.

Eventually I had gotten my trailer into a door and relocated to the bobtail area. A little while later that driver came and knocked on my door, "hey wasnt that your trailer in the 3rd door?? Another Prime just pulled it out!.

Ummmmmm what??

So I jump out and go check..... My trailer is gone.

I run inside to the office and ask the ladies inside. They ask on their radios and someone reports that no one should have pulled that trailer, it hasn't been unloaded yet.

Now everyone in the office starts freaking out. They ask me to please go looking for it while they contact the police and report it.

I return to my tractor and start driving around the yard. I spot a Prime truck/trailer with it's doors open along the curb heading out towards the exit. I get closer and I immediately recognize the load from when I put up my load locks, that's my load!

I pull up next to the driver's window. "Hey man how ya doing, where ya headed with that trailer???"

He responds "oh im just heading to a truck stop, I dont have a load yet."

Then I reply, "You know that trailer is loaded right???". (blank stare from him) "that's my loaded trailer you just pulled out of that door!" (His face turns to a pale white). "Did ya happen to look inside?"

He jumps out and runs to the back to look inside... "Oh sh**!!"

So anyway I got my trailer back. I lost my spot at the dock but Walmart pulled another trailer specifically for me so they could resume the unload.

I ran into two other Prime driver's who had gotten pulled over and questioned by the police during this time. Walmart had indeed reported the load as hijacked and the police were checking all Prime vehicles.

A fiasco that could have been easily avoided if one driver had just been paying attention. He didn't check the trailer number, nor did he verify that the trailer was unloaded. He just saw a Prime trailer in the approximate location he left his trailer and assumed it was his.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

Lol i tried to use the red line and X to indicate that you came through Plaza building inbound and turned left past the practice pad. Lil difficult when the road you were on didn't exist in that imagery.

Blue circle is the pad you took the photo of.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Scaling A Load

This was my current load before I had it reworked.

Picked it up in a pitch black dirt drop lot and did my best to balance it legally, before scaling it.

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Was very happy with my balancing, not so much the legally part tho.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Guess where I was

Right about there.

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That satellite imagery is old and the pad you took a pic of is a dirt lot in this imagery. But that's where you were!

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Slightly windy today!

Still got the rubber side down!

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Only one way in.... Vail

I guess I kinda got lucky.

The other driver dropped his loaded trailer at the TA in Vegas and left.

Once I found the trailer and hooked up to it I noticed my right weigh gauge was showing the drive axle overweight.

I made sure the axels were all the way forward and dragged it over to the cat scale. 35540 on the drives with the TRL axles all the way forward.

Once I told dispatch my problem they contacted the other driver and made him come back and take his trailer back.

Now I'm sitting here with no load, but at least I'm not dragging an illegally balanced trailer over Vail pass....

You might get lucky and not have to by the time you get there. Sorta depends on what your clock looks like. Especially since it's a day and change to Vegas from Denver.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Only one way in.... Vail

So I'm currently unloading in Henderson NV and my fleet manager needs me to immediately after my unload go repower a load out of Vegas that delivers tomorrow morning in Denver.

I just drove 200+ extra miles just to avoid the mess that is Denver right now and not have to go over Vail Pass.

Unfortunately....

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There's only one way into Denver right now...

Looks like I'm actually going to have to figure out how to put my chains on. Chain laws are in affect for I-70....

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Slightly windy today!

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Be careful out there all.

Lots of CB chatter about truck rollovers.

Probably a good day to park it.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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2012 Freightliner Cascadia battery switch

Isn't it on the floor between the driver's seat and the door?

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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So I just had a guy next to me knock on my door. Period.

Now I practically need to hear the relaxing symphony of diesel engines or I can't sleep. Seriously if my reefer or apu aren't running I have a hard time falling asleep!

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Starting class tomorrow, anyone else?

That's the load I'm on now. Picked up @ ben&jerrys in VT and going to Henderson NV.

Except I didn't get any free ice cream ....

Unfortunately this trailer I picked up also has problems. I just rolled into the Springfield terminal to get it repaired.

I didn't even know you were there. My trainer and I stayed the night for a p/u next day in Allentown, PA. Our first 01, last week, was for Ben & Jerry's (90 was in Henderson, NV). 01 was good...no wait plus free pints of ice cream!!!

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