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Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Braking while turning

Yup you just stalled it. No biggie we've all done it. You were probably so focused on the curb and turn you forgot all about the clutch.

It time it will become more natural

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

Canadia lol rofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

Where the edit feature when ya need it.

Freightliner Cascadia. smile.gif

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

And just to clarify my truck is a Freightliner Canadia. If your driving something else the system may very well be different.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

Okay, I've looked at this post several times and didn't feel comfortable replying because of my lack of experience. But the comments about taking the descent in auto mode when the weather is good begs the question : if you don't learn how to descend in manual mode in good weather, then what happens in bad weather? Learn on the fly? I always descend in manual mode. It seems that the Descent Mode in my truck is faulty. Tried it twice and the damn thing upshifts like I was on a flat road & wanted to accelerate. I couldn't find the page to provide a link, but these newer transmissions are made to rev above 2k rpm on a descent.

In weather where traction is reduced you reduce speed. Take it slow and steady...

What you described sounds like the decent mode is working as intended. First thing it will do is blip the throttle and upshift, then cut fuel to use the natural resistance of the motor and transmission to slow the truck. As your truck approaches or tries to exceed the speed you set the decent mode at, it will engage engine brake and switch between levels 1-2-3 to prevent the truck from exceeding your set speed. As the hill levels out and you slow down below your set speed it will disengage the engine brake and just coast in gear. It will not give the motor any fuel until you turn hill decent off or press the accelerator yourself.

Posted:  4 days, 1 hour ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

Apparently I’m still learning or my engine’s compression isn’t as strong as in the condos. This learning curve is no joke though!

Yes i think the lightweights have the 12.8 litter and the Condos have the 14.8 liter. The engine brake will be weaker on the smaller motor.

Posted:  4 days, 13 hours ago

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Companies that offer true OTR driving

That was 3298 dispatched miles I logged in that pay period. Almost 3756....

Posted:  4 days, 13 hours ago

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Companies that offer true OTR driving

Yea if say your handicapping yourself if you start getting picky on loads and show that your not willing to do the short hauls. The short stuff can be exhausting but it needs to get done. And getting it done is how you make money.

A snapshot of how my dispatcher had been running me and how I handled it.

Last week I did 5 loads (almost 6):

1422 miles, VT to TN. This was a carryover from previous week. Primes payroll is Tues to Tues. Picked it up Sunday and delivery appointment was Wednesday, but I delivered it late Tuesday. I got to the customer 31 hours early and got them to let me drop/hook early rather than wait to live unload the next night.

407 miles TN to GA. I had about 2 hr on my 70 but had some recap hours coming in at midnight. Used my 2 hours to make the pickup and get to a truck stop. Sat till midnight and then drove in for an 8am delivery.

248 miles GA to AL Had to sit till midnight again waiting on recaps. Then made this pickup @ 2 am and then make a 7am delivery.

339 miles AL to AL Had a bit of time left from previous load. Just enough to get me to this shipper. Made the pickup and sat in the shippers overnight parking area until midnight waiting for recap hours. Made delivery about 7am next morning.

882 miles AL to PA This shipper was my previous loads reciever. Was nice to drop my loaded trailer and then hook to another loaded trailer 4 parking spots over and keep rolling. This load was due in 2 days in Philly PA. Drove up to TN with the hours I had remaining. Then from TN up to the MD/DE line and sat a while waiting for my appointment the next morning in Philly.

I almost got this next load on this week's pay. It was a 458 mile run from PA to NC. I arrived in area of reciever 7 hours early. But reciever was a Walmart DC and they won't take us more than 1 or 2 hours early. My appointment was Tues @ 1500. Primes payroll cuttoff is Tues @ 1600. Walmart took forever to unload so this load got pushed to the next pay period.

On the plus side this was just over an hour from my house. While waiting for my appointment my wife and two little girls drove up to see me. Had a great time!

Later that night I was on my way on a 1319 mile run to MN...

Posted:  4 days, 14 hours ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

I'm not familiar with other makes and models of trucks, I'm in a '17 Volvo, but my trainer taught me on the principle that if you have to touch the brakes at all you're going down the grade too fast. I haven't run Cabbage yet but I've done Grapevine, the whole mess on I5 north of Redding, I15 into LA, and I70 into and out of Denver repeatedly but I've taken all of them with 70,000 lbs give or take without touching the service brakes except as maybe a final adjustment when I great a hill. (Not trying to sound contrary to anyone, I don't know if the setup on other trucks makes this harder to manage and/or figure out)

As long as I slow down and set my hill decent speed at the top of the hill I've never had to touch the service brake. Cabbage, Grape Vine, Snoqualmie, Donner, Vail Pass, Fancy Gap, Black Mountain, Mounteagle, set the hill decent around 35-45 and the truck handles them all.

It's 40+ miles of downgrade heading west over Donner Pass and I never had to touch the service brake.

Of course this is all in dry conditions.

Early on in my team training phase during winter I was decending one of the hills on I-80 in Wyoming and manually using light engine brake when the tires broke traction and the truck started jackknifing. I killed the engine brake and managed to counter steer and got the truck straight again. Went down the rest of the hill at 10-15mph using intermittent service brake only.

Posted:  6 days, 10 hours ago

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Companies that offer true OTR driving

As it has been mentioned, reefer fleets usually have the long haul runs more so than other types of freight. But keep in mind that it also depends on how your dispatch works as to how often (if at all) you get to go coast to coast.

I drive for Prime and get to go west quite often (but again that depends on your dispatch).

Ernie

Also drive for Prime and can confirm the above. My dispatcher told me up front that he prefers to keep his solo trucks in the eatern half of the country. They will occasionally get sent West, but usually not any further west than Denver. The team trucks handle the western states freight as they can go coast to coast and back inside a week.

When I was teaming we'd routinely get long loads all over the states. When you woke up you didn't just wonder what state you were in, you wondered what time zone you were in. Within a few short months I had been to 44 of the 48 mainland states.

Now as a solo driver my dispatcher has me banging out single day runs. This past week I had 4 single day runs and 1 three day run. 3300 total miles dispatched. I've been mostly in the East.

Every dispatcher runs their fleet their own way...

Posted:  6 days, 11 hours ago

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Descending steep downgrades in an automatic

That's Cabbage Hill! There's a truck stop not far after that hill where you can get your "I survived Cabbage Hill" shirt lol.

The Autos hill decent is magical on that hill in dry weather. At the top of the hill engage the engine brake (position 1 is fine) and then set the cruise at the speed you want to decend the hill at. I set mine at 45 or lower. The computer will shift transmission and modulate the engine brake between setting 1-2-3 to hold your set speed. If you hit the foot brake it will cancel out the hill decent mode and you'll either have to reset it or go down the rest of the way manually.

Also I believe the lightweights have a smaller engine than the full-size, so your engine brake will have less torque. You may want to set it at a lower speed to compensate.

I only had to go down that hill once while it was wet and foggy. I just went very Very VERY slowly.

Anticipate snow or ice on that hill? F that I'll be at the rest area or one of the truck stops up the road waiting for conditions to improve.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Looking for guidance from Prime Inc drivers

May be beneficial to contact a Prime recruiter and lay it all on the table for them. Even those of us employed with Prime can only provide speculation.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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1st 7 days officially solo... What a week!

It can be beneficial to scope out the parking lot and find the best parking spot. I'm going to be here until tomorrow afternoon, so I found a spot with a view.

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Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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1st 7 days officially solo... What a week!

I started my CDL training with Prime back in late September. After I finished my team phase of training I decided to team with my trainer for a while longer as a full driver. He was paying me well and I wanted to get through winter with someone more experienced with me.

Recently I finally went back to Springfield to get my own truck and officially go solo. Last Wednesday afternoon I left the yard with my first load in a shiny new truck!

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Before I left the yard with the load I reset the trip odometer to zero so I could see how I did my first 7 days out.

It was a crazy week. I didn't spend much time at all at truck stops. Spent a couple nights sleeping at shippers/recievers.

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And a night at a Walmart supercenter.

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Dispatcher was giving me loads with extremely tight pickup and delivery times, but I was getting them done. Usually pulling into the customer with minutes left on my clock after running the whole trip up against the trucks governor. On one occasion my 14 hour clock was showing 00:00 and I managed to stop in the driveway to switch from the drive line to on duty just seconds before I went into violation. Then slowly rolled into lot and parked.

It is now Wednesday afternoon exactly one week after I left with that first load. I pulled up my trip odometer and my jaw dropped!

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I went through the 5 loads I completed and added up the dispatched miles. It added up to 3612 dispatched miles!

Now I'm sitting at a Pilot for my 34 hour reset since I have only minutes left on my 70. Trailer is fueled up and washed out ready for my next load. I'm preplanned to pick up 8 miles away right after my 34hr reset is complete.

Ready to do it again!

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trucking and Ham Radio

I've also been reading about and am interested in getting a technician license and adding a mobile ham radio to my truck. Looks like a fun hobby on the road.

But I will be getting good CB and antenna running first. The current truck I'm on has a Cobra 29 LX hooked to the stock Freightliner antenna. I tweak the squelch and rf gain throughout the drive for maximum sensitivity in the current area. Yes you hear a lot of smack talk between other drivers, but when you hear that faint staticy transmission from a driver miles down the road calling out detailed directions to avoid the traffic backup ahead of you, it can be a game changer. I've avoided lengthy delays due to road closures by getting off early and making a 5 minute detour because of info from other drivers.

I consider the CB a very valuable tool and will be adding one as soon as I can when I move to my own truck. Will also add an antenna so I can increase my listening distance. The stock Freightliner antenna is pretty poor.

Once my CB setup is good. I will start studying for my technician license and start looking to add a mobile ham radio and antenna.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Some Confusion About the Use of Sleeper Berth at Shippers/Receivers

8 hours in the sleeper consecutive with 2 hours of off duty/sleeper is called a 10 hour break.

8 hours of consecutive sleeper, followed by a period of on duty or drive time, followed by 2 hours of consecutive sleeper/off duty is an 8/2 split. It doesn't matter if the 8 hour sleeper or the 2 hour sleeper/off duty comes first. So it can effectively be either an 8/2 split or a 2/8 split.

I think the confusion is what the word consecutive is being applied to.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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I Thought of Something Interesting

I have "Your timeline" activated in Google maps. It keeps track of everywhere I go in the background. It's cool too be able to lol back a day, a week, or several months and see where I was.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Reaching Out - Ascent/Descent

Now I'm in a Freightliner Cascadia with a 12 speed automatic. What's the proper way to descend with an automatic transmission? There's supposed to be a descent mode on cruise control that can be used in dry weather but I can't figure out how to engage it.

He was asking about use in dry weather....

Was just answering his question. That's how you engage decent mode in my Freightliner. But I guess it's very possible it's different in different years or packages of Cacadia.confused.gif

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Reaching Out - Ascent/Descent

I'm also dining a Freightliner with an auto shift 12 speed.

To set the decent control. Take truck out of cruise! Either hit the brake or hit cancel so it is not actively in cruise. You CAN NOT set decent assist while cruise is active. Set the engine brake in any position, position 1 is just fine. Now after turning engine brake on, reset your cruise control. If you set your cruise control to 55 the truck will adjust the engine brake to hold you at or below 55. It will not use throttle in decent mode! It will only coast in gear while below your set speed or use engine brake to hold your set speed.

Once you are at bottom of hill just flip the engine break off and normal cruise control will kick back in. You can adjust your set speed from there.

If you turn on the engine break while cruise control is active it will automatically go to max engine break and just keep slowing you down with no concern for current speed.

If you leave it in normal cruise down the hill the truck will allow it to go 7-10 mph over your set speed before it starts to use braking. This can be dangerous as you may be now going to fast for the brake to slow you down.

I absolutely love the hill decent and use it very often to be sure I don't exceed speed limits downhill. Also if I see a sign for a 45 mph curve ahead on a downhill I'll set it to 40 or 45 to make sure I am ready for that curve. Then just flip the engine break off and readjust cruise speed when I'm near the bottom of the hill.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Ya know you've had a long day when...

Your whole truck rocks because someone just backed into your trailer, and your first thought was, "Damnit! Now I have to get out of bed and put pants on..."

On the bright side it was a flatbed so he just hit the steel Dot bumper and didn't damage the lights or doors.

Pants back off, back in my bunk.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Going hard early helps when you meet obstacles

Yikes I put spacing in that to make it easier to read but it somehow all got mashed together. Sorry I should have previewed!

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