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    Grand Island, NY

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    2 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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Weak Bladders - Tips and Suggestions?

I always empty mine in the grass.

If you can find powdered Clorox it kills the smell. Only need about a half teaspoon.

On drinking less. If you don’t drink enough, you can have health issues. My blood sugar goes sky high if I don’t drink enough. If you find that as soon as you drink you immediately have to urinate, get your sugar checked immediately. I was almost hospitalized. I would have to urinate as soon as I started drinking, as if it were running straight through.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Sleeper berth question..

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I may be wrong but would definitely have to fight them on it. We get done for the weekend and truck goes into sleeper berth but I go home. So no one is in the sleeper berth and what I do or where I sleep is none of the DOT's business as long as not doing anything illegal and even that has nothing to do with driving until you back in the truck and going on duty.

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This is a totally different scenario. Going off duty when not in the truck is correct. However, I know people who told DOT they are always off duty and never go into sleeper because they get hotel rooms every night. They were asked to produce receipts. Just be legal and transparent.

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If they log off duty for less than 34, and none of it logged in sleeper, how do they get their 14 back? Aren't we required to log at least 7 consecutive in sleeper? If I am parked at home terminal and go home for 10, what status should I log. If I log off for less than 34, I won't get my 14 back. If I log SB, I will probably be in violation. What a dilema.

If you log off for less than 34, regardless of status, you won’t get your reset in. If you log off for more than 34, you will get your reset, there is no requirement to have any time in sleeper berth for your reset that I’m aware of.

I am off duty, remarks, arrived home, for 34 and I get my 70 back. Been doing it that way for 2 years.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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How old is too old to become a truck driver?

If you are in a box underground, you’re too old.

I started at 59, just about to hit 2 years solo.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Sleeper berth question..

Changing duty status to smoke a cigarette, etc seems like splitting hairs.

However the rules are clear, though I would never have considered it before reading this topic.

Only Log Sleeper-Berth Time IN Your Sleeper Berth

Question: Can I log sleeper-berth time if I am at a shipper or receiver? Answer: You can log sleeper-berth any time that you are resting in the sleeper-berth compartment of your unit. You cannot log sleeper-berth time if you are not in the sleeper berth compartment of your unit. Remember to log what you do and do what you log!

As far as home time we are required to use off duty with the remark arrive home

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Backing

If you can see tracks of other trailers leading back to the dock, use those tracks to guide your tandems.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

Hey friends, I'm here and doing well. My vision is still giving me fits. The surgeon says everything looks great, but that it's going to be weeks before it comes back to normal. So, I wait patiently. I haven't been participating because it is very difficult for me to read a computer/phone screen right now.

My cardiologist made a huge difference in the way I'm feeling with a few very expensive medications, but I'm not complaining because the results seem miraculous. He told me to come back in 90 days for another EKG and we can make some adjustments based on the results.

I'm hoping to be back on the road in about three weeks. I'll check in with you guys once this vision problem (Retina detachment surgery) heals and clears up.

Glad to hear it OS

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

Has anyone heard from Old School?

Posted:  2 months ago

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Reefer Parking

As a flatbed I sometimes feel reefers search us out to park beside at night. Lol. However after about the first week it no longer bothers me. Besides most of the trucks with tripacs are louder than a reefer anyway.

It’s not a huge issue, but if I can avoid them I will. And I agree with tripacs, and them searching us out. I have parked places with 30 or more open spots, parked all by myself, and a reefer will pull in and park right beside me. Every time. Lol

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hotshots running like the big boys.

I've done various types of lumber, along with steel coils, boulders, sod, liquid-filled totes, ammo, shingles, etc.

Some things I don't prefer to haul with the lack of securement options a van trailer presents, but it's not my name on the truck or trailer.

I hear you.

I had a childhood friend that had a lumber load shift and toss him off the side of a mountain, he ended up a paraplegic. And he was using a flatbed.

Just seems unsafe to me to not be able to strap it down.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Omg, locked my keys in my truck again

I have four keys. One stays in the ignition, one under the hood, one on my keychain, and one old key is what I hand to those few live load/unload places I’ve been to that require you give them a key.

I’ve always laughed at places that require you to give them a key. Like most drivers don’t have numerous keys.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hotshots running like the big boys.

I don't pay much attention to them. I will never haul cars, boats, or campers in dry van at Crete.

What is your opinion on hauling lumber in a dry van? Doesn’t seem safe to me.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Reefer Parking

Nope. I've never had a "courteous refer driver" park that way around me. I attract noisy refer trailers.

Not much of a good reason to nose into a spot to park. Too dangerous to back out because you cannot see anything behind you, or on either side.

I parked on the leftmost spot in a lot, on a corner with yellow lines meaning no parking painted there, thinking no one would be able to parke on my left and I could get a really good nights sleep with my window open as it was a nice cool night.

I was close to the end of the spot, as was the guy in the next spot around the corner.

Middle of the night a reefer squeezed into the spot in yellow in the picture. I’m in red.

Next night almost the same thing happened at Petro Waterloo NY

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Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Freightliner Cascadia started getting check in when goes up the hill

Sounds like a DEF issue to me as well. Sounds like it needs a regen, then regent while driving on flat ground.

I have a six mile hill I go up at least once a week. If I go up it close to 80K gross, I have a 50% chance of having to do a regen.

Have you checked the diagnostic screen on the dash?

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Runaway truck!

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We were coming back from our weekend trip, and saw this on I-77 coming down out of Virginia into NC. I personally have need seen a truck so far up the ramp.

I hate driving down that mountain in my personal vehicle.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

Best wishes for a speedy recovery

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Cooking on the road questions

I use a Ninja electric grill. But I also have a 3000w inverter. Cook steaks, burgers, etc. Accessories for stews, etc, baking, griddle, etc.

Also electric skillet, keurig, microwave.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Brand new driver seeking wisdom and advice

Watch what you eat. Year and a half in I have been diagnosed as diabetic. All from eating crappy food.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Highlight

You are thinking of Heartland who bought Millis.

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So I’m sitting at Walmart getting unload. See three identical trucks come in. They look real nice, graphics on truck and trailer. So I look the company up cause I’ve never heard of them. It’s highlight motor freight. They are out of Canada but run west and mid west US. Guess they made a wrong turn cause we in NC.

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They bought Millis a year or so ago

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Oops. You are correct.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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13’6” clearance!!!

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3 bridges in Lancaster NY on the way out of RMP Graphics. Marked 12’ 11” to 13’ 3”

I knew they were wrong because another of our drivers called the police and asked. I still crept under on the way in. On the way out I had to get it on video.

The Qualcomm and my GPS warner me of low bridges.

https://youtu.be/XqRZFznKdfs

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I just watched your video. I puckered up on the second and third bridges.

Lol

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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13’6” clearance!!!

You may have to cut and paste this.

3 bridges in Lancaster NY on the way out of RMP Graphics. Marked 12’ 11” to 13’ 3”

I knew they were wrong because another of our drivers called the police and asked. I still crept under on the way in. On the way out I had to get it on video.

The Qualcomm and my GPS warner me of low bridges.

https://youtu.be/XqRZFznKdfs

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