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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?

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Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?

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5 Round abouts in less than a mile!

The crazy thing is the speed limit in between them is like 55 mph or something... as if!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?

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5 Round abouts in less than a mile!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?

Roundabouts have become very popular in Wisconsin and elsewhere. I actually like them. All the newer ones are designed with trucks/trailers taken into consideration. They have the "truck aprons", as Rainy noted and it's perfectly acceptable to run your tandems up on the apron. In a truck, I navigate through them VERY SLOWLY and as G-Town says, ALWAYS WATCH YOUR WAGON while in a roundabout. And never worry about other drivers getting irritated. Our sole mission is to navigate these roundabouts safely.

True Dat!

In some places they just got a bit carried away with them. I will post one of my favorites in a bit.

Some (mostly on highways, truck routes) are designed for trucks... others not. Need to use both lanes. Was taught to put flashers on. Trucks have the ROW in them in WI but few know that and no one cares!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Regen

Wondering if anyone has any experience with fuel source affecting regen. My trainer occasionally had to by fuel at a particular vendor (who shall remain namless)... (starts with a "P")... whenever he did one or more warning lights would come on shortly thereafter, regens would be long, noticeable and frequent. ANY other fuel you would barely notice it occured. International, manual tranny, average 200 mile days, mostly interstate.

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Eagle Rider for Motorcycle Rentals

Harley has pretty much stopped renting.

Eagle Rider has locations all over the U.S. and lots of bikes

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Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Eagle Rider for Motorcycle Rentals

Never heard of it. I believe many H-D dealers have rental fleets.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Talk about nerve wracking

Way to go!

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Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Finally Gunna get started @ this new chapter of life

Stevo Reno, there are a few good pre-trip videos online... I can suggest a couple. But as you know... everyone does them differently. Once you know the basics, videos seem less and less useful... pix and text more so. I find "checklists" very helpful personally.

The pre-trip inspection study guide here at Trucking Truth is as good as any resource you will find.

I also cut apart the "checklist" we got in class and made it into "cue cards", making changes/additions as I felt appropriate.

Admittedly I "drew" the easy one (front of cab to end ot tractor, and mandatory under hood and coupling device) but am confident I could have passed any/all of them.

Just don't touch those buttons once you start the brake system tests!

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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"Autonomous" / RC Semi (W.O. Trucker In Cab) Drives On FL Public HW

Two weeks ago, an "autonomous" truck drove itself on a public highway in Florida without a safety driver behind the wheel. In fact, there was no one inside the truck at all! Starsky Robotics announced on June 26th that it had reached a milestone in the race for a fully autonomous truck. On June 16th, the company put an autonomous truck on a 9.4-mile stretch of the Florida turnpike without a human inside.

“We are now the only autonomous company that’s testing trucks without having people in the cabs on public roads with the motoring public,” CEO Stefan Seltz-Axmacher told FreightWaves. It’s an attention-grabbing claim, but one that may only be true because other companies keep safety drivers behind the wheel while testing their autonomous trucks in case one of their systems fails.

During the test-run, a human driver sitting 200 miles away in Jacksonville, Florida remotely piloted the truck only at the very beginning and end of the trip. According to Starsky, the operator drove the truck from a rest stop in Okeechobee, FL onto the highway before letting the autonomous system take over. Then the operator took back control to take the truck off the highway, through a toll plaza, and parked it at its destination.

Starsky isn’t the only company experimenting with this kind of remote piloting, but it appears they are the only ones doing it on public roads with no safety driver in the vehicle as a failsafe. Or perhaps they’re the only ones admitting to it.

Source: overdrive, ttnews, freightwaves, venturebeat, starsky, washingtonpost, businessinsider, autonews

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Direction to go?

Update... Temps came in the mail yesterday. Going to get my drug screen and start school Monday. I'll be going full time. My family is gonna help with finances over the next month. So in 5 weeks I should be testing. Gonna schedule that now. Really excited about this.

Congratulations Ohioman! That's great news!

Figured out how to backup pump settings... the interface is actually the Contour Next Link 2.4 meter.

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Posted:  3 weeks ago

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What is this trailer for?

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he retired from after 47 years as a driver.....said he never hit a curb

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Nooooo, I'm sure he never did. Not once. Even fishermen are thinking, "My God these truck drivers exaggerate their success!"

If a truck driver said it, it must be true.

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I said "he said..."

I didn't say I believed it!

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Perhaps "claimed" was the better word!

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Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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What is this trailer for?

Closeup view of a similar sort of trailer...

One of our driving "coaches" I referred to as "Old School" (Norm) took us to see where he used to work and where he retired from after 47 years as a driver.

Said he never hit a curb so there was no reason we should. He drove heavy and oversized most of his career...

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Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Kingpin laws

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Thank G-Town.

That has got to be the definitive answer on that subject!

So is a 50' tape the right tool?

I guess my concern would be keeping track of when one is headed into or through a more restrictive State or states and how to manage that.

As these settings affect weight distribution (axle weights, etc.) how does one deal with such things? Can't just head back to shipper to rebalance or offload trailer!) Do you set tandems and scale for the most restrictive state one will pass through?

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Since you are measuring from the back of the trailer a 12ft tape will be more then enough. 10ft from the back of the trailer is the 40 ft mark. 9 ft is 41ft and so on.

As for getting your weight legal while also minding kingpin laws.. you absolutely can go back to the shipper and have them rework/order the load or take some weight off depending on your problem. That's why you should always scale at the closest scale to the shipper.

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Thanks.

What I meant was you can't go back to the shipper once you have driven through several states!

(I have a laminated atlas... just haven't been in it in a while)...

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Ah in that case yes, you are absolutely correct.

Also I forgot to mention that yes, you do indeed set the tandems for the most restrictive state of your trip as a general rule.

For example, no matter where you start if your going to Cali you should have your tandems at the 40ft mark.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking

My instructor during paid CDL School was just a fantastic guy and I still keep in touch with him. He told me about he was down in Atlanta probably at the Petro even though he didn't say so. He told the class he had a young girl that couldn't have been more than 14 or 15 knock on his door then he had her come into the truck and ask her if she was in trouble. She started crying and he called 911. He said before the cops got there the pimp was knocking on his door wondering what was taking so long. He told the pimp he wasn't sure what he was talkin about and that she didn't come into his truck. Moments later the cops were there. And he ended up saving three girls that night. The pimp got busted. He literally had tears in his eyes as he was telling us the story.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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This Was A Pain In The Booty

Theres Walmart store on the Maine route that has a sign:

"Yes, we know it is tight. No we are not going to help you. Yes others have done it."

And they used to out new drivers on that account

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Funny. Not nice, but funny!

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Thinking of Packrat...

WOW!

That's AWESOME!

CONGRATULATIONS PackRat!

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Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Kingpin laws

Shame on you.. You should open it when you plan every trip.

(I have a laminated atlas... just haven't been in it in a while)...

Not currently driving a CMV!

(Pretty confident using Wayze in my Nissan Frontier)...

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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1st day of Summer, Snow On Rabbit Ears Pass!

NOT the first day of Summer everywhere.

Winter’s not over until July 5th.

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