Comments By Cantankerous Amicus

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Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Pre-Trip Inspection Bonus Points

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Must check the permit book for FL sailboat fuel transportation permit.

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You might appreciate this video:

Naive Trooper Sailboat Fuel

Pop-quizzed the peanut gallery. Got this response:

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Sailboat fuel is pressurized air, isn't it? You have to have placards for that?!

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She is already registered on this forum but hasn't posted anything yet. I suspect a day of reckoning is headed my way.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Pre-Trip Inspection Bonus Points

I’ve been wanting to ask the community here about parts of the truck that could get a person a bonus score on the pre-trip inspection exam. These would be parts that don’t normally get mentioned during an average exam but might be worth sharing here. As someone considering running in a married team, and out of respect for all parties involved in the aforementioned married team, I won’t say who identified these parts of the truck while studying and practicing for the PTI, but I will share them all the same – for posterity, of course.

- wheel hub fuel plate

- air brake fluid

- trailer drives

Blinker fluid goes without saying and results in no bonus, but something like the lug nut fuse definitely would result in a bonus. What are some unusual parts of the truck that you have seen pointed out?

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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HRTP - That's Not What She Said

Page twelve was a while ago but I still can't believe I didn't notice that back then.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Ghosting Your Company

If you keep ghosting these companies then I wouldn't be surprised if the trucking industry decides you aren't for them. Ghosting is really unprofessional behavior. In fact if you try going back to working in an office, you might have troubles landing a job there too, should they decide to check your employment history.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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HRTP - That's Not What She Said

I've been diligently working through the HRTP in order, page by page. What did I miss here? What's going on?

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Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Y'all, Pray For Me

You will endure and hopefully come out the other end with entertaining lessons to share with us all. Are you really sure you want prayers?

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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New phone app hopes to alleviate shipper waits

Looks like it has a lot of potential. Hopefully it takes off.

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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New truck driver, Help please! Given ticket for non-compliance and violation

He has been stopped for going past a weigh station which he did not see due to it being on the opposite side of highway and “obscured from vision” and his Qualcomm did not alert him to it coming up.

First question is, is he responsible for stopping at a station that is set for a particular direction of traveling? And if so, if he didn’t see it due to it being obscured nor was alerted about it, what can he do?

(For anyone who is familiar, this is at the Goldendale weigh station in Washington state.)

He must have been going southbound on US 97. Here is the sign. It doesn't look obscured and you can see the left turn lane not too much further on. From what I understand from a recent thread, if there is a weigh station then you pull your commercial vehicle in unless you are instructed not to, i.e. the station is closed or PrePass waves you through.

There was one sign he saw when he first got back on the highway and it didn’t say “where” or how far ahead the stop was. He kept looking and did not see the entrance for it.

He saw the sign, but didn't see the weigh station and so kept on driving? Or was this after he was pulled into the station? If that is the case, then how could he not know where the entrance was?

Posted:  4 years, 5 months ago

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Can a company driver be forced to pay for fuel?

It sounds to me like a company that may be on the verge of folding up. I could be wrong but that is just my feeling.

This was my thought as well. I wouldn't be surprised if the company was oscillating the number 0, financially speaking. How long does it take to get reimbursed for fueling their truck? Do they pay your paychecks on time every pay period? How long could you afford to work for them if they end up unable to provide you with your paycheck for one pay period? Based on the info you've provided, I would rate the likelihood of a missed paycheck in the near future as high.

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Pneumatic Tandem Pin Retractors

Thanks, Dan. If I followed you correctly, then what you describe is what I thought was happening. From an engineering and safety perspective wouldn't it be a better design of the tandem locking pins to push out automatically in the event of a loss of air pressure?

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