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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Flatbed Variety

This thread might've scared me right out of flatbedding I was thinking of TMC or Maverick some of these pics are overwhelming!

Don't let this tyhread scare you.my path was not typical. I am just as comfortable at 12' wide as I am at 8'6". Just another day to me. I could not do the dock bumping.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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18 Speed Shift Pattern

Actually there is no clutching when splitting the gears. Run rpms up move the thumb switch forward let off the throttle and then ease back into the throttle. You are now in the next highest gear. I rarely split all the gears, just leave it in low until the last two gears.

The only exception is being loaded heavy. By heavy I mean 130k plus. At 210k I did not split the lower gears until I had to climb a pass. I did split all the upper gears.

There are videos online where you can watch how it is done. Want a real eye opener? Find a video of someone shifting a set of twin sticks.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Game: The longest you have ever sat in a dock.

3 days at the dock, I mean on the dock fishing...

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Do you like CAT, Cummins or other?

There is also a big difference in suspensions vs a Ford cab chassis. Basing an opinion on one encounter and no bed on the truck? Kinda dumb if you ask me.

I have mostly driven cat motors. One isx. I could get used to it with more time. Now I have a series 60 12.7 Detroit that has it's own characteristics. I am beginning to like this little girl.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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13 speed trans question.

13 and 18 speeds seem too complicated for me to learn on. I will stick with the normal 10. How do you shift those split gears like that? Also, how does one shift a "Super 10"?

Lol.. I will not drive a 10 or have one in my trucks. They are actually very easy to drive. Unless I am really heavy or on a grade, I usually only split the top two gears.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Flatbed Variety

The other reason for those chains may be to keep the edges way out on the sides from cracking. Is that right or no, Pat?

Exactly. The load weighs about 30k and is 29 feet long so I need 4 chains for the length. And my comfort. The only reason to hook one chain to the other is to keep the chain pulling straight down over the strongest part of the piece. Chains go through the picking loops and connect together on top too.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Do you like CAT, Cummins or other?

I am going to guess that you have never pulled a heavy load or your opinion of CAT would be different. Each has their own characteristics and niche they do better than the other. Detroit is fuel economy. CAT is pulling power. Cummins falls somewhere in the middle.

Now with that said, I have made some changes to mine puts it right up there on power and on top for fuel.

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Flatbed Variety

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This is how you get maximum down pressure on double T's

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Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Suggestions needed for getting through Chicago tomorrow.

I'll be coming in on 90 east from Wisconsin. Destination is Watervliet, MI. I estimate I'll be hitting the greater Chicago area 0700ish. I know this sucks but I gotta do it. My company routing as well as my RM730 wants me to stay on 90, then up 94.

I'm thinking 90, 290, 355, 80, 294, 94

What say ye, oh wise ones? What would be the least painful route through this lovely area?

A helicopter unless it crashes...rofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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Owner Operator

Don't fall for the "we pay for xxxxx" you are the one paying for those "free" items in the form of lower rates. Tricky little buggars they are.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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I want to get started in trucking, but my credit is bad. Do you need a certain credit

All you need is a good pulse and someone will hire you

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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O/D Pulling an RGN as a Newbie!

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I understand you are talking about hauling oversized equipment of some sort, and I feel kinda dumb asking the question. But what does O/D and RGN stand for?

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O/D is "over dimensional," i.e., > 13'6" high, > 8'6" wide, > 53' long, or a combination of those.

RGN is "removable gooseneck," which is a type of trailer that allows the gooseneck to be detached from the trailer, making it easier to drive heavy equipment onto the deck. The gooseneck is reattached and the truck can pull away the whole load.

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A volvo like that was my second ever load. Lots of things were or could have gone wrong that day.

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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O/D Pulling an RGN as a Newbie!

As Bud said, I did it but was nowhere near safe in the beginning as I had no training. Be respectful but not fearful. Personally, I would not put someone new in the drivers seat. There are exceptions to every rule but for a new driver to start out in OD or heavy loads no way. Say you screw up and hit a bridge or something else, being a new driver your career is all but over. I have moved all kinds of stuff from lumber to 140 foot bridge beams. Good experience but I would not want to go that route knowing what I know now.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Which truck would you like to have?

Western Star 4900 flat top completely blacked out. No chrome or aluminum anywhere. Moose catcher on the front. Pre egr Detroit, 18 speed with 3.90 rears.

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Road Kill

I got me a doe on US 10 in Wisconsin between Fairchild and Neillsville. Coming around a corner at dusk. Deer ran out from the woods on the inside of the corner. Struck the front left corner of the truck. Took out my left head light assy, destroyed the left corner of my bumper and the left fender portion of the hood.

Did you get some back strap?

Posted:  2 years, 6 months ago

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Do you fear autonomous trucking technology?

There are also several segments of trucking that will never be able to utilize automated trucks.

Tankers

Heavy Haul

Oversized

Logging

Paving

Dirt hauling

Garbage trucks

Those are just a few off the top of my head. Hanging meat is another one. It handles much differently than a load of beer.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Couldn't believe what I saw

It's just a little rough on the outside. If you leaf it alone it will die on its own.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Volvo VNR

Coffin sleepers get you out of the truck more

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Couldn't believe what I saw

His bark is worse than his bite.

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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What is my punishment?

I'm awaiting trial. Since I have deceived and hidden my dark secrets from some of you for years now I am wondering what will come of this?

I have participated in the "L" word side of this industry and have not come clean to many of you. I have indulged in the darkest sins of TT.

Am I to be stripped of my title, and the title be passed onto Pat for his many years of honest service to this website?

If so, I understand.

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Hate to tell you, I am ineligible for the title as I own my own truck.

As for your punishment, you have to complete your honey do list.

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