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Posted:  18 hours, 41 minutes ago

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Views From the Office Window (Post Yours Please!)

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Sorry can’t figure out how to rotate photo. My first time in conditions like this. It came out of nowhere. I guess that’s WY for you.

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HWY 287 WY

Posted:  18 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Views From the Office Window (Post Yours Please!)

Sorry can’t figure out how to rotate photo. My first time in conditions like this. It came out of nowhere. I guess that’s WY for you.

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Posted:  18 hours, 49 minutes ago

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Views From the Office Window (Post Yours Please!)

Sorry can’t figure out how to rotate photo. My first time in conditions like this. It came out of nowhere. I guess that’s WY for you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Forced dispatch?

I would take it personally, I work for a company that does forced dispatch to keep everyone productive, only reason we can reject a load is HOS related. it's not going to be windy the whole time, it'll clear up at some point.

The forecast is for winds all day today and part of tomorrow. I would be driving through the area today with gust of 50-60.

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Forced dispatch?

Would you guys consider a load that you rejected but that was dispatched to you anyway a forced dispatch? Dispatch has been trying to get someone to take this load for at least one day. Apparently no one wants it. It will be going through So. Cali. Where winds will be 25-35 with gust of 50-60. What would you guys do?

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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5:45 hours gained

Thanks for all of the input guys and helping me understand recaps. I was able to use recap hours to run a load that got me home.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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5:45 hours gained

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Ugh. You are one of THOSE guys that drives 55 in Cali... lol.

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So am I.

Since you're not the one paying my tickets for obeying the posted traffic control device, what's your point?

Not only a speeding ticket, but also give CA authorities itching to give you a level 1 and excuse to give you one. And, receive safety violations from your company.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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5:45 hours gained

Jim where are you coming from and when are the delivery and pu appts?

Nice meeting you by the way.

Big T, I made a delivery in Phoenix, then used the remaining hours of my 70 and recap hours to pick up a load in Yuma, AZ and deliver to Santa Fe Springs, CA which got me home. Nice meeting you. Hopefully, I will be seeing you at the terminal, and without wildfire smoke chocking both of us.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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5:45 hours gained

My Quallcom HOS shows 6:53 hours left on my seventy. I will use about three of that today for a delivery locally. I am currently in sleeper with 14 left on 14 and 11 on 11. It shows 5:45 to be gained. When do I gain those hours? My company offered a 350 mile load to get me home. I calculated that would take 9-10 hours, load, scale, drive CA 55mph, unload, then drive to terminal. Is there any way this would work? I thought about PC from receiver to terminal, but that my take over one hour in LA area.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Made a costly mistake

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What happens when you get a HOS violation? I got one last week for going over my 14. It happened five miles from where I was going to park.

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Typically, with something like what you described, nothing happens. The slight possibility that an officer wants to scrutinize your logs sometime in the next eight days could cause you some anxiety, but it's doubtful he's gonna hit you for such a slight infraction. It's also possible that some unknown person in the logs department at your company may give you a call wanting to know what happened, but even that is unlikely in the scenario you described.

After eight days has passed, it won't be available for the officer to see. Here's some incidental information others should know. It's important for you to understand how to show the officer a "roadside view" of your electronic logs. When I put my ELD system onto "roadside view" it shows the logs graph in a grey-scale" view. In other words it's not in color. Violations are not showing up in that glaring red color. It's much more tedious for the officer to discover a slight variation of the rules in that screen shot view. It also (at least on ours) locks the officer out of other areas in your ELD that he doesn't necessarily have the right to be viewing during an inspection.

Thanks for the tip.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Made a costly mistake

What happens when you get a HOS violation? I got one last week for going over my 14. It happened five miles from where I was going to park. I then switched to PC to go park.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Made a costly mistake

If you are driving an automatic, it might help to put it in manual mode and keep it in first gear for driving slow.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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CB tips

Make sure that your SWR reading is not going over 2.0 during transmission. It could fry your transistor finals. The Cascadia antenna is probably already tuned to keep SWR low.

Posted:  3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Personal conveyance

Thanks for the response guys. Do you also have to be uncoupled?

Posted:  4 months ago

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Personal conveyance

May I use personal conveyance to drive my tractor across the terminal to maintenance?

Posted:  4 months ago

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Swift 2017 Cascadia inverter size

Just go in to the shop and ask the service counter. They can pull up your truck and see what they installed.

Big T, I verified that it is a 1800 watt. I was relieved to know that I may run two appliances at once. So far, I have a fridge, micro, and toaster oven. I plan on purchasing an Instant Pot, or similar pressure cooker. With all of that, I shouldn't go hungry.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Swift 2017 Cascadia inverter size

Congrats on getting your own truck! You'll still have a few problems to solve, now that you are truly on your own. Here's my first solo week with Swift: My First Week Adventure As A Swift Driver

How do you hook into the truck's electrical system? Swift will not allow you to use any direct wiring, only the 12v "cigarette lighter" connection.

If you need one for a CPAP machine, they will install one. For that talk to your DM.

Thanks Errol V, that is quite some adventure for your first week. I am hoping my first week is not as adventurous. My first load tomorrow is, to pick up a trailer from the Swift terminal in Jurupa and drive it a few miles to a Walmart distribution center, then back to the terminal loaded for what my DL is calling a Walmart surge. I will probably get a t-call to Phoenix after that. My truck has a 1800 watt inverter with two 110v double outlets. It also has four 12v outlets, two on the dash and two in the sleeper. I purchased a fridge, microwave, and toaster oven. All will plug into the 110 outlets.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Swift 2017 Cascadia inverter size

I upgraded to solo today at Swift, and I am assigned to a 2017 Cascadia. I am trying to figure out what size the inverter is for appliance use. I couldn't see any number on the inverter. It is a Cooper Bussmann. Dimensions are aprox. 8w x 4h x 18d. I will try to upload a photo. When I check online for a Cooper Bussmann of similar dimensions, it is a 1000w. It that is what mine is, that means I can't run two appliances at the same time.

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Posted:  4 months ago

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Swift 2017 Cascadia inverter size

I upgraded to solo today at Swift, and I am assigned to a 2017 Cascadia. I am trying to figure out what size the inverter is for appliance use. I couldn't see any number on the inverter. It is a Cooper Bussmann. Dimensions are aprox. 8w x 4h x 18d. I will try to upload a photo. When I check online for a Cooper Bussmann of similar dimensions, it is a 1000w. It that is what mine is, that means I can't run two appliances at the same time.

Posted:  4 months ago

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The Highway Bottleneck Awards, 2019

I am surprised that the I-105 merge into the I-605 in Los Angeles is not listed. This is where the I-105 ends, and where vehicles must merge onto the I-605. It is always congested, no matter what time of the day. Also, where the I-215 merges onto the 60 FWY in Riverside for about five miles before splitting off again.

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