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    CA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    1 year, 5 months ago

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Omg, locked my keys in my truck again

I carry one in my wallet, but you can't lock your keys in our trucks at least the Kenworths I have had... you have to manually lock the doors. That's a blessing for me because I locked myself out of my pick up all the time

Same with 2020 Cascadia. I guess that they thinking about people like me when they designed them that way. Unfortunately, while I was in a International loner, you guessed it, I locked my keys in the truck.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

For you ZZ Top fans, yes it really does exist. As for the other place referenced in the song, I just didn't have the heart to ask the nice lady at the pilot about it. I-10, west of Houston.

Forgot the photo.

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Posted:  3 months ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

For you ZZ Top fans, yes it really does exist. As for the other place referenced in the song, I just didn't have the heart to ask the nice lady at the pilot about it. I-10, west of Houston.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Heard someone outside, looked out and saw this.

I'll be sure not to cut him off.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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What would you do?

I am sure that the driver remembered what happened to Reginald Denny and didn't want the same, or worse to happen to him. He did what he had to do.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Question about personal time from a newbie

My company expects us to keep running on recaps.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Speed minimum

Rule I follow is anytime I'm doing 45 mph or below, turn on the 4 ways.

Same here except in California, with it's 55mph. There, I usually turn them on at about 40mph.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Swift solo upgrade questions

Josh, when I upgraded to solo at Swift about seven months ago, my DM assigned me a truck for my first dispatch. It was a 2017 Freightliner. After about six weeks it was having electrical problems. So, my DM assigned me a brand new 2020 Cascadia. I was hoping for a Volvo because of their interior layout, and I hear that they have a smooth ride. But, I am not complaining. The Freightliner has been good. I hear that Freightliners are the most reliable and that parts are easy to find. If I have any complainst about it, it would be that the air dams are too low and scrape on things, and I hate the radio and cb antennas being molded into the roof. Reception is bad. Bottom line is, I think what ever is available at your upgrade location. If there is more than one available, you might have choices. I am also told that if your only choice is something used, to take the oldest one because you will probably be upgraded to a brand new one soon. If you pick something only one or two years old, you might have to keep that one for awhile.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Speed minimum

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There have been a few times that I couldn't maintain speed minimums on upgrades due to heavy loads. My going below speed minimum only lasted for a few minutes or few miles. What are the risk of being fined going below the minimum for a short period of time? If I did get fined, I don't think the company would pay the fine. If I reroute, it could make my trip much longer.

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Not to worry, your chances of being fined for going below minimum speed uphill is zero. Now on flatlands if you're putting along at 35 expect a ticket. Police know loaded trucks cannot maintain speed uphill, that's why there are slow truck lanes on big hills all throughout the country.

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Good to know. I have found myself at times forgetting to reset my cruise after braking on flatland and slowing down enough to where everyone is passing me before realizing that I am under my governed speed. But, even I catch it before it slows to 35 lol.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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How's Everyone Doing? How is Freight? Not Many Posts Lately

TCB I understand completely The entire month of April I pulled 5 loads. My dispatchers and planners said it was slowing about 4 weeks ago, but got really nutty 2 weeks ago. I’m just making the best of it

Ironically, the 2400 dispatch that I got two weeks ago was due to a plant closing in Kalifornia and sending it's machinery to a plant in South Carolina. I am hoping that once the economy opens back up, that I will get some of those Walmart surges that I used to get.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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How's Everyone Doing? How is Freight? Not Many Posts Lately

I had one good week two weeks ago. Last week I saw 930 miles. This week so far is 87 miles. Is anyone else seeing such dismal numbers? I am starting to get worried now. I really hope the economy opens up soon.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Speed minimum

There have been a few times that I couldn't maintain speed minimums on upgrades due to heavy loads. My going below speed minimum only lasted for a few minutes or few miles. What are the risk of being fined going below the minimum for a short period of time? If I did get fined, I don't think the company would pay the fine. If I reroute, it could make my trip much longer.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Crete idling

I'm with CR England, not Crete however we have a "no idle" policy.

Our trucks do NOT have APUs and will shut off after a few mins UNLESS it is OVER 73 degrees or UNDER 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Therefore in the summer we idle, in the winter we have the bunk heater. Only in the spring/fall does it really suck when it's not quite hot enough to idle but still uncomfortably warm in the truck.

When it is 73 outside, it probably 90 inside, even hotter in the top bunk.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Why do you need a CB?

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My trainer and I have been driving the east coast mostly and we have barely heard anything on the cb. I was wondering if anyone used them still and how that would work with the hands free laws. Can some please?

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I never leave the east coast and I hear chatter literally every day, no matter what time I'm running. Some days its quiet other days the radio almost never shuts up lol.

Is your trainer using the built in cb antenna? They usually don't work as well range wise as an external one. Especially in a cascadia.

As for hand free laws? Have yet to hear of a trucker being ticketed for using a cb.

Cascadias, and I think Internationals have the built in Antennas that are molded into the roof. I mounted a five foot Firestik on a bird perch on my old Cascadia. I have yet to do that set up on my new Cascadia. I can tell a big difference. The bird perch set up seemed to get out much farther. Those built in antennas suck. Mine doesn't even pick up local mega watt am stations. Now that the weather is warmer, I plan on a bird perch for my new rig. One caveat to those thinking of a bird perch on the passenger side, go with the one that bolts into two mirror studs, and not the one that bolts into one stud. I did the one stud thing on my old rig, and it would blow over at speed or in winds, or when striking tree branches. I have recently purchased the two stud model and plan on using it.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Why do you need a CB?

My trainer and I have been driving the east coast mostly and we have barely heard anything on the cb. I was wondering if anyone used them still and how that would work with the hands free laws. Can some please?

They are used alot by drivers down South and in Texas.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Air ride trailer.

I am scheduled to pick up a pre-loaded air ride trailer on Monday. I have never pulled an air ride before. Are there any special considerations that I should know about pulling an air ride trailer? Thanks in advance.

Posted:  6 months, 1 week ago

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CA, IL & NY issue, "Stay-at-home" orders.

I have a beer load. Some might consider that essential, lol.

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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PC to go park

If my 14 expires while at shipper, am I allowed PC to go park at terminal or to go scale load?

Posted:  7 months ago

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How do you guys plan your stop for the night?

Before I start driving for the day, l plan like Wild-Bill, for a target stop, and some before, and some after. I reevaluate on my 30 and make adjustments if need be. I to like to start early, about 4am, but lately, it’s been about 6 am because I have been on icy backroads and I need daylight to watch for ice. Sometimes, I have to park with three hours on my clock because the next stop area is three or more hours away.

Posted:  7 months, 1 week ago

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Eating cheap on the road?

Check your company's policies before hardwiring an inverter. Some companies prohibit hardwired inverters not installed by them. How old is your truck? Most newer trucks have inverters, usually about 1800 watts. If you are in an older truck, maybe an upgrade is in your near future.

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