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Posted:  1 day, 13 hours 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 day, 13 hours 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 day, 14 hours 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:  2 days, 23 hours ago

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Slightly windy today!

Still got the rubber side down!

Posted:  4 days, 12 hours 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:  4 days, 16 hours 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:  5 days, 14 hours 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:  6 days, 3 hours 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:  6 days, 4 hours 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:  6 days, 4 hours 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!!!

Posted:  6 days, 14 hours ago

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Just a quick question

This YouTube video describes that which Turtle speaks of.

https://youtu.be/0KrOZe2SxoQ

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Youz guyz are so organized!! mine are all over but the same.

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You see, that's the difference between men and women.

Men need to compartmentalize things. A man's brain is like a box, and within that box are other individual boxes. Each box contains a single object, idea, thought, emotion, etc. When a man needs to use his brain, he goes to the box he needs at that moment, and opens it. When he needs something else, he must first close the first box before opening the next. He's incapable of opening two boxes at once. Therein lies the reason for having the apps all in one place. We will likely lose our place going from one app to the next.

A woman's brain however, it's like a fuse box. On the surface it appears neat and tidy. But behind the panel is an unorganized jumbled mess with wires going every whichaway. But when her synapses start firing she can tap into every one of them wires at once, accomplishing the task at hand as well as several others at the same time. The fact that her apps are scattered all over the place has no bearing. She is truly a well-organized symphony at which to marvel.

By the time I get my trucker path app opened, she's probably already found and opened the app, noted the background color, saw that she has two new e-mails, formulated a reply to said emails, trip planned her 30, fluffed her pillow, and petted the cat.

Meanwhile I'm just staring at the circle thingy goin round and round, waiting for the app to refresh...

Posted:  6 days, 15 hours ago

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Starting class tomorrow, anyone else?

Good luck to you! I'm going to be spending the night at Primes Pittston, PA terminal tonight and picking up a load to Reno, NV tomorrow. Should be passing by SLC in a couple days. Sending good vibes your way...

Ah no kidding. I just looked at when you posted this and realised I was in Pittston at the same time.

Was omw from MA to VT but my reefer threw am alarm. Had to drag it back down to Pittston for repair before heading back up to VT for a Ben&Jerry's load.

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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School or company paid training?

Not unique at all.

Exact same situation I was in.

I was originally going to attend a CDL school at my local county college while working a full time day job. I am very glad I decided against that option. After laying out the money for CDL school you are at the end left with a CDL, but no job and no experience. You'll probably end up applying to one of the larger carriers that would have trained you for free anyway.

The fact that my wife and kids were depending on me to keep the mortgage paid and get money coming in to put food on the table was a great motivator for me to buckle down and compete my CDL training. Then once I had my CDL I already had a job and immediately began my paid on the job training. The $250 bonus Prime paid me for passing my CDL test on first attempt was also nice!

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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This question may have no definitive answer

I'd say communication.

Having instant direct communication between driver and dispatch has created a very different industry than how my father described his trucking days.

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Just a quick question

My folder of Truck'n apps

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Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Manual or Automatic?

Another thing I've noticed is in comparing 3 Cascadias that friends drive, mine is the only one where cruise works while the wipers are on. The others can't use cruise with their wipers. And they are all 2016 models. I find that odd.

My cruise will work with the wipers in "intermittent" speeds. But if I bump the wiper speed up to "regular" or "fast" the cruise will deactivate.

Posted:  6 days, 17 hours ago

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Manual or Automatic?

My 2019 Cascadia does not require the brake to be pressed to start, but does require it pressed to be put into gear from neutral. I can also switch between forward and reverse at a near stop without pressing the brake. For example of I'm slowly trying to "shimmy" forward and back into a tight spot, or trying to rock the truck back and forth I do not need to touch the brake. The 2018 Cascadia I trained on did require you to hold the brake when switching between forward and reverse, so it made those maneuvers a bit tedious.

The other day it came to a complete stop to figure out which gear it needed to be in for my given steering, fuel, turn attack angle, incline, and it just left me exposed to oncoming traffic. Quite unsettling.

This is my only major complaint with my auto. On several occasions my truck has done this and left me in very precarious positions. For example I'm at a slow roll approaching a left turn while observing a approaching gap in oncoming traffic I intend to turn across. The truck is probably slow rolling at 5-10mph in about 6th or 7th gear. As the gap arrives I turn left and depress the accelerator. Usually the truck would recognize the throttel input and quickly downshift to 3rd or 4th and accelerate. But if the truck decided to downshift a split second before I depressed the accelerator, the moment I hit the accelerator the truck is now "second guessing" the downshift with the new addition of throttle, so the truck remains in neutral. Now I've slow rolled into my left turn and am in the oncoming lanes, but the truck hasn't decided what gear is appropriate and is remaining in neutral. I dont have enough momentum to coast through the turn so now I'm blocking the oncoming lanes as I'm yelling at my truck "get the **** back in gear!"

In this situation it usually takes several seconds for the truck to "recalculate" what the appropriate gear is and execute the shift. Those are a very long several seconds when your in an oncoming lane with an unresponsive throttel!

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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Easy live unload

I picked up a load of sweet potatoes that they just ran a conveyor belt into the trailer and just dumped them all on the floor.

The receiver used tippers to unload the trailers.

They just had me drop/hook so I didn't see the tipper in action.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Funny Pic of Team Trainer while student driving

LoL!

That was my exact face last night!!

My previous load got cancelled after I had already driven there, so I spent most of my clock driving east across and then backtracking west across AZ to my new load in Yuma. I handled the pickup while my trainee got some rest. I had just finished the pickup and turned the driving over to my trainee. We were at a light turning right out of the shipper on a very wide divided highway with absolutely zero traffic in either direction.

As trainee is making that right turn I have my head down taking a last look at the paperwork and putting it in my folder. As I look up my eyes bug out of my head as I see we are just feet from running over the raised concrete median. Truck bucks up and down as trainee powers right over the median.

You could describe my body language and facial recognition as identical to that of the skeleton in there pic...

Trainee said in a very low voice, "Sorry Sir"

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Swift everywhere! Oh, that's why...

Pic didn't post first try

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