Profile For Grumpy Old Man

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    Grand Island, NY

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    Experienced Driver

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    2 years, 1 month ago

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Posted:  20 hours, 12 minutes 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:  21 hours, 40 minutes 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:  21 hours, 43 minutes 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:  21 hours, 47 minutes 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:  21 hours, 56 minutes 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:  1 week, 5 days 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:  1 week, 5 days ago

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I've Been Sick This Week

Best wishes for a speedy recovery

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 5 days ago

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13’6” clearance!!!

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

Lol

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days 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

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Highlight

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.

They bought Millis a year or so ago

Posted:  1 month ago

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Game: stupid things you have done on the road

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I forgot to lock my tandems once. They slid as I was coming to a stop. The result was a sound and a feeling of impact that had me thinking someone hit me.

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The Swift main office put out a short safety video about driver cams recently. At the end, the announcer, in all seriousness said here is a series of videos of a mysterious event that is happening to drivers. Watch this.

You saw several drivers "minding their own business", then WHAM! They seem to have been rear ended! (Somebody forgot to lock those tandems!)

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Some of our trailers after you lock the pins you have to walk back and push the lever (handle?) down into a locking slot. If you don’t and brake hard you can pop the pins loose.

Had my tandems slide back in a hard braking situation twice.

Forgot to mention I never knew you had to lock them down on those trailers.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Game: stupid things you have done on the road

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I forgot to lock my tandems once. They slid as I was coming to a stop. The result was a sound and a feeling of impact that had me thinking someone hit me.

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The Swift main office put out a short safety video about driver cams recently. At the end, the announcer, in all seriousness said here is a series of videos of a mysterious event that is happening to drivers. Watch this.

You saw several drivers "minding their own business", then WHAM! They seem to have been rear ended! (Somebody forgot to lock those tandems!)

Some of our trailers after you lock the pins you have to walk back and push the lever (handle?) down into a locking slot. If you don’t and brake hard you can pop the pins loose.

Had my tandems slide back in a hard braking situation twice.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Game: stupid things you have done on the road

I was backing into a Costco and the top of my hand grazed the Jake brake lever to the 3 setting as I was turning the wheel to straighten up to the door. When I went to leave I released my brakes to pull forward to close my trailer doors but my trailer wheels weren’t rolling. I was so ****ed because I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Checked to see if I was hooked to the door underneath..nope.. double checked to see if I didn’t remove my wheel Chocks...nope. I got back in and started the truck and said “let’s give it another go” that’s when I looked down and saw the Jake lever down and just took a deep sigh and said “I’m a f*****g idiot and smiled and turned the Jake off and just like that I was able to move forward no problem

You mean your trolley brake, right?

Posted:  1 month ago

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Game: stupid things you have done on the road

Today

Walked across the street to see what the shipper was yelling across to me. Got 3/4 of the way, turned to go back and heard tires screeching. Looked and there was a car bumper coming at me a foot away.

Luckily I thought fast and put bouts hands on the hood, jumped, spin sideways and landed by the drivers door.

Moral? Just because it was clear a half second ago doesn’t mean some young girl didn’t come flying down the street. She was more scared than I was.

Posted:  1 month ago

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What is your trucking pet peeve?

I have a large Folgers coffee can I keep in the side box. It's full of hardware I find on the ground. Sometimes I use these for putting stuff back together, or for a temporary fix on the side of the road.

So I’m not the only hardware hoarder

Posted:  1 month ago

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Busy week!

Congratulations

Posted:  1 month ago

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Buying my first truck need some info

Just my opinion but if you’re asking this question, ya probably shouldn’t be buying a truck

A good point. If you don’t understand finance charges/interest, you definitely don’t have the business experience to be successful

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