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Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Say a Prayer for a Trucker Who Passed During a Very Bad Crash...

RIP. Prayers, may his family find strength during this difficult time.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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CB radio

Ryan, it the SWR is over 2 and still poor reception, sounds like an antenna issue. Make sure that the antenna wire is securely screwed into the antenna jack, not just the prong stuck in. Also make sure that the antennas are screwed into the antenna mounts and not loose. The antenna mounts could also be loose. If none of that works, it might be a wiring issue from the radio to the antenna. The fix for that would probably involve removing part of the dash. If you are not comfortable doing that, or don't want to pay someone to do it, you could put an antenna on a bird perch screwed into your mirror mount, and run an antenna wire directly from you cb, out the door jam to the antenna. Also make sure that the antennas are not broken. Does your truck am/fm radio have a weather band? Some do.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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CB radio

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Company shop hooked up my radio for me, but I am not able to pick up any of the weather channels. I press the "weather" button which brings up those channels (7 of them) and then select "scan." Nothing. Even while driving near Cleveland on 271 to 90, nothing on weather channels. This was the main purpose for me to get the radio, so if these are not working for me, I feel like I have a piece of hardware just sitting there.

Suggestions?

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Ran that by Tom, Ryan . . . TCB is right. Personally (well, Tom's words...) if possible, get the company to look at it when you swing by, or stop into that Bob's place off the '80. You'll be so glad you did.

Yep, don't over key the mic until you get this looked at, or figure it out . . . with help from Bob's, haha!

TCB, not getting what you mean by antenna not hooked up/connected??? The 'other' channels work; wouldn't that be indicative of an antenna supporting the SWR? Fuse, perhaps? All above, not my words . . . but, I'd have it looked at, for sure.

Best y'all!

~ Anne & (sleepy) Tom~

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Company shop hooked up my radio for me, but I am not able to pick up any of the weather channels. I press the "weather" button which brings up those channels (7 of them) and then select "scan." Nothing. Even while driving near Cleveland on 271 to 90, nothing on weather channels. This was the main purpose for me to get the radio, so if these are not working for me, I feel like I have a piece of hardware just sitting there.

Suggestions?

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Maybe they didn’t connect the antenna cable. A quick way to check, besides checking the back of the cb, is to quickly press and release the mic. Button. If the SWR meter goes above two, it’s probably not connected. Don’t hold the mic button for too long if the meter is above two, or you might fry your transmitter. If the antenna is not connected, it’s a quick fix. Many of the trucks factory radios have weather channels.

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Anne, he didn’t indicate if the regular cb channels were receiving or not. I am assuming they are not, which could be a antenna problem.

Posted:  1 week, 3 days ago

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CB radio

Company shop hooked up my radio for me, but I am not able to pick up any of the weather channels. I press the "weather" button which brings up those channels (7 of them) and then select "scan." Nothing. Even while driving near Cleveland on 271 to 90, nothing on weather channels. This was the main purpose for me to get the radio, so if these are not working for me, I feel like I have a piece of hardware just sitting there.

Suggestions?

Maybe they didn’t connect the antenna cable. A quick way to check, besides checking the back of the cb, is to quickly press and release the mic. Button. If the SWR meter goes above two, it’s probably not connected. Don’t hold the mic button for too long if the meter is above two, or you might fry your transmitter. If the antenna is not connected, it’s a quick fix. Many of the trucks factory radios have weather channels.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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~ MAJOR THANKS, Y'ALL ! ~

Thanks to the people like you Anne for all of your support.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Save on food?

I have an instant pot style multicooker which I use to cook anything from rice and pasta to stews. My wife or I will make a batch of food on my home time, which I may warm in the microwave on my truck. I also have a toaster oven and two refrigerators on the truck. For my thirty, I will usually eat something quick, such as two sandwiches. I am usually otr for about 5-6 weeks, and try to make a Walmart stop at least 1-2 times on the road. I very seldom eat out while on the road. Not only expensive, but I got sick once at a truck stop. If I am in TX, I might splurge on some brisket. Every once in a while, I will find a fruit stand with truck parking, and buy some fruit and nuts.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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I am without an assignment

I got very lucky this holiday. My 34 happened today, and in my home town. I was able to run my 70 down to about 4 hours, and make the most of it. The stars and planets seemed to have aligned for me this holiday.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

The only thing worse is if he entered the scale from the DO NOT ENTER end.

I have entered from the do not enter before. It was the only way to exit a truck stop at which I was parked. There were some creatives parked on the sides of the lanes, and I didn't have enough room to swing my truck to avoid hitting their trailers. So, through the do not enter I went. I drove across it very slowly. I didn't however uncouple from my trailer.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Opinions on Swift for a new driver? Also, big company company or small company better for new drivers?

I think ideal for me would be like 14 days on 5/7 days off. But I don't know much lol

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If you are in a company 's hiring area they will be able to get you home.

However your location may allow you more home time so just ask the recruiter. Example... Prime has intermodal in Chicago. Harrisburg, Kansas City... These are all home daily jobs in day cabs. There are regional routes that could get you home every weekend or every other. Just ask

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I don't think that Swift would allow 14/5. Swift's policy is one day home time for every 2,000 dispatched miles for OTR. They want you out 3-4 weeks. These are the policies that I was told about two years ago. Things might have changed, but I haven't been told so. You might get lucky and get a 34 at home. But, you would have to find a place to park your truck. Leaving a truck at truck stop for 34 isn't a good idea. The nearest Swift terminal to you would be Dallas/Lancaster. Swift does own other companies. So, maybe one of those companies have a terminal near you.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Opinions on Swift for a new driver? Also, big company company or small company better for new drivers?

One thing that seems attractive about Swift is how big it is, I'm sure I'll never have to worry about finding something to haul.

They seem like a really good company. What do y'all think? Also, for a new driver, what's better, a small company or a big company?

I work for Swift. Freight has been kind of light in some areas lately. I did some sitting a few weeks ago. The preplans that they sent me didn't fit my HOS. However, the lack of freight has been somewhat of a blessing the past few weeks. I have been doing a lot of easy DH miles in order to get me to areas with freight. I believe that is an advantage of working for a big company. I am not sure if smaller companies will DH as much.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

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How not to Weigh Your Truck.

It looks as if he uncoupled from the trailer to weigh the trailer only. What purpose that serves, I haven't a clue. It looks like he has a line forming behind him trying to scale. What an inconsiderate driver.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Truck Stop Follies and Assorted Stupidity

On our way to church this morning I noticed this dumpster (?) or "something" along the highway and a Cat loader doing something there as we pass by. Thought it was odd. Turned to go across the Rio Vista bridge (about a half mile long or a bit more and Cal Trans is directing traffic. Traffic is stopped for five minutes or so and we're worried that the bridge is having mechanical problems again (was stuck a little over a week ago when trying to lift for a ship and took six hours to get dropped). I read later that "something" was a truck trailer that some truck driver lost when trying to cross the bridge and struck the first girder. Maybe a dump truck?? Seems to have kept going for quite a ways after getting knocked off. It appears the first girder is damaged and they have stopped traffic at least once to replace some signs. CalTrans said they were going to restrict traffic to one way for three hours to get the trailer removed but some farmer came with his tractor and drug it off all the way across the bridge and then some. I did not see any signs of the offending driver and truck.

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"I did not see any signs of the offending driver and truck."

Probably didn't want to take responsibility and high tailed out of there. I wonder if the dumpster bed has a serial number that can be traced to that truck.

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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PC under load.

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Thanks for all of the input guys. The shipper was really fast. I ended up doing a split sleeper and was able to drive 100 miles. If I would have done pc, I would have only been able to drive 25 miles per company policy, and would be fighting for parking in Boise at 1800.

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You would have been fine finding a place. Mr Gas off exit 59A usually has spots even after midnight. Always have found a spot after delivering at WinCo DC at 0100.

Or, go past the WinCo DC, turn right at the dead end, go to round circle end of road, come back along fence beside WinCo and park. There is usually some spots.

Should have hollered.... I would have bought you coffee and given you a shortcut to 93. I live in Buhl, 1 mile from the shortcut, bypassing the stupid traffic in Twin Falls. 😆

Laura

IDMtnGal, I would loved to have shared a coffee with you. The Mr Gas look like a nice place, an it's brand new. But, due to my company's daily limit of 25 miles pc per day, that would have been too far. The TA was around 23 miles from shipper. There were a couple of Jackson's Foods a few miles away. But they are mostly paid, and small, and would probably be full by 17:30, the time I left shipper. Fortunately, I was able to use split sleep and make it to the rest area 100 miles east in Bliss. I made it there at about 19:00 with many spots still available.

Lol, when I saw that my dispatch would take me through Twin Fall, the first thing that crossed my mind was the traffic, and catching every traffic light red. There is a reason we refer to them as red lights, and not traffic lights. However, I passed through town around 0600 on Saturday morning, and traffic wasn't an issue. I didn't realize there was a shortcut. Looking at a map, I assume it's hwy. 30. I see that runs right through Buhl. I could take that route next time, and give you a holler.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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PC under load.

Thanks for all of the input guys. The shipper was really fast. I ended up doing a split sleeper and was able to drive 100 miles. If I would have done pc, I would have only been able to drive 25 miles per company policy, and would be fighting for parking in Boise at 1800.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Thursday night at the Twin Falls, Idaho County Fair rodeo. Bull riding, barrel racing, bronco busting, etc. This is an NFR qualifying event stop.

I passed through Twin Falls this morning, now hunkered down in Vegas. We’re in in TF this morning? Almost every small town that I pass through in the West has a rodeo arena. It’s good to see these small towns holding on to tradition.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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$25 Showers!

Reserved parking in Petro Ontario CA is $38

Probably the same at the TA across the street. Last year it was $25. They are both paid only. They both require you to go through a gait, get a ticket, and hand it to a cashier on the way out. Even to scale a load. There is a grace period. The can get backed up at the cashier.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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PC under load.

My DL is trying to give me a load that would require PC to park after pu. I told him that safe haven only appplies to hazmat. Who is right?

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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California Dreamin'?

As mentioned by others, the 55 speed limit can be a big factor in Cali if you are an O/O or you are not governed by your company, and are used to driving 80mph in other states. You could potentially lose out on 200 miles per day. I usually do 57 or 58 in California, and am not bothered by law enforcement or my company. The traffic is horrendous from the coastal cities until 50-80 miles inland. Driving 80 miles to get out of the cities could take 3-4 hours. Generally speaking, there are not many legitimate spots to park from the coast until 50 or more miles inland. If you have a route that parallels the coast, such as the 101, you might not find legitimate parking for more than 150 miles. Some do park on the side of the streets, but are risking a ticket. As mentioned here, if you have a morning delivery into the city, you might have to park 100 miles away the night before. There are no Truck stops in OC, and only about three in SD. Scaling a load there can be another problem. Do to lack of truck stops, you might have to find a tight scrap yard to scale, which might take you 10 miles off route down side streets. Most of them are only opened during business hours and only take cash. I hear that PackRat is looking for a local LA gig.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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I-15 Southbound delays coming into California - FYI

Any idea where? I don’t see it on the app. If still on going, hopefully it will be fixed before everyone returns from Vegas to Cali on Sunday And Monday.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Our long-time-ago member Jopa has passed away

Sorry to hear. RIP.

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