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    Upper Marlboro, MD

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    Experienced Driver

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    7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Posted:  4 days, 20 hours ago

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Bizarre Change of Opinion

Couldn't agree with you more Brett. 9.9 times out of 10 what ends my day is the 14 not the 11.

The point I was getting at is all the whiners calling ELDs the devil. But that 14hr rule was brought about way before ELDs.

Posted:  6 days, 13 hours ago

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Bizarre Change of Opinion

The most common complaint I see for ELDs is the "Stopwatch" thing.

Correct me if I'm wrong here but the actual HOS haven't changed since before the ELD mandate. The only thing the ELDs actually did was make it much more difficult (not impossible) to cheat and not follow the HOS. If anything the HOS are the problem not the ELD.

Im 100% with old school on this one. I too am able to consistently run 3k+ miles a week 100% legal under the current HOS. Time management is key. When it's work time, get to work.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Views From the Office Window (Post Yours Please!)

30 min break at PA welcome center, Tioga PA.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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HazMat test question...

Sorry... question may be Driver is responsible for displaying correct placards.

If the driver knows they are wrong can he just display them (his job) because the shipper provided them (and they are incorrect)?

I display "Flamable" knowing it is "Explosive"?

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Absolutely NOT!

And trust me, you do not want to see the ticket for an improperly placarded vehicle.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Dedicated

I'm currently on a dedicated account that "guarantees" 2000 mi a week.

In reality I run close to 3300 a week. The guarantee is usually just the minimum. Always room to run more.

Posted:  3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Hours of Service changes

As it is now the 30 is required within 8hrs of going on duty regardless of when you start actually driving. I like the proposed change to make it required within the first 8hrs of actual drivetime.

I'm all for it. Much needed flexibility. However I wouldn't get too excited because I doubt it would actually go into effect before 2021 and that's being optimistic imho.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Time sure does fly when you're having fun!

At least your truck has the sleeper door, last time I had to move trucks I had the pleasure of moving everything in the passenger side door. That gets old fast.

Congrats on the shiny new ride.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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No idle laws

NY and MA for sure allow no exceptions.

I idle anyway. If I get a ticket, I will fight it. I can’t keave my pets or kids in the car so how can I be expected to sit in a truck all night with no AC?

And got those saying leave the windows down, yesterday it was in the low 70s, went out for an hour or two and left my truck windows open. Came back it was 85 in the sleeper.

Not to mention the security risk that comes with sleeping with the windows down...

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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'69 Ford

If it has windows it has A/C. Just not the modern kind. smile.gif

Posted:  5 months ago

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Smallest/lightest load you have hauled?

Done a couple "inner company transfers" aka someone in the main DC screwed up/miscounted.

1 pallet 20 cases. Frozen. (0) 2 pallets 14 cases. Cooler (+34) And so on.. none weighed more then 600 lbs and boy did I enjoy listening to that refer freeze the whole trailer for one pallet. smile.gif

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Please help me brainstorm ideas to get boyfriend OTR with me

Also, keep in mind "most" companies will not allow a passenger with a Valid CDL to ride along. The risk of the passenger getting behind the wheel is too high.

Posted:  5 months, 1 week ago

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Kingpin laws

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Thank G-Town.

That has got to be the definitive answer on that subject!

So is a 50' tape the right tool?

I guess my concern would be keeping track of when one is headed into or through a more restrictive State or states and how to manage that.

As these settings affect weight distribution (axle weights, etc.) how does one deal with such things? Can't just head back to shipper to rebalance or offload trailer!) Do you set tandems and scale for the most restrictive state one will pass through?

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Since you are measuring from the back of the trailer a 12ft tape will be more then enough. 10ft from the back of the trailer is the 40 ft mark. 9 ft is 41ft and so on.

As for getting your weight legal while also minding kingpin laws.. you absolutely can go back to the shipper and have them rework/order the load or take some weight off depending on your problem. That's why you should always scale at the closest scale to the shipper.

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Thanks.

What I meant was you can't go back to the shipper once you have driven through several states!

(I have a laminated atlas... just haven't been in it in a while)...

Ah in that case yes, you are absolutely correct.

Also I forgot to mention that yes, you do indeed set the tandems for the most restrictive state of your trip as a general rule.

For example, no matter where you start if your going to Cali you should have your tandems at the 40ft mark.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Kingpin laws

Thank G-Town.

That has got to be the definitive answer on that subject!

So is a 50' tape the right tool?

I guess my concern would be keeping track of when one is headed into or through a more restrictive State or states and how to manage that.

As these settings affect weight distribution (axle weights, etc.) how does one deal with such things? Can't just head back to shipper to rebalance or offload trailer!) Do you set tandems and scale for the most restrictive state one will pass through?

Since you are measuring from the back of the trailer a 12ft tape will be more then enough. 10ft from the back of the trailer is the 40 ft mark. 9 ft is 41ft and so on.

As for getting your weight legal while also minding kingpin laws.. you absolutely can go back to the shipper and have them rework/order the load or take some weight off depending on your problem. That's why you should always scale at the closest scale to the shipper.

Posted:  5 months, 2 weeks ago

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Why Small Trucking Companies Are Often A Disaster Waiting To Happen - article by Brett Aquila

Just two or so weeks ago my Qualcomm/ELD was busted for about 14 Days. I ran paper for the allowed 8 days and then told dispatch I wouldn't run this specific truck anymore until it was fixed. They didn't have a loaner available so I sat. Not only did I receive breakdown pay, I was also paid the miles to bobtail to two different shops to get the darn thing working again. At the end of the week my paycheck was about 50-100$ less then usual even though I only had about 1200 miles (almost all bobtail with no load). How many "small" companies will take that good of care of you?

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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First Beer Load

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In my experience beer loads are ALWAYS heavy.. make sure you scale that puppy before getting to far from the shipper.

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But nonetheless, lucky for me there is a loves right down the road I can scale at, they also have a scale on site. But I always scale at a cat scale anyways.

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Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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First Beer Load

In my experience beer loads are ALWAYS heavy.. make sure you scale that puppy before getting to far from the shipper.

Posted:  5 months, 3 weeks ago

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Why dont we have a national truckers day ???

Like rainy said we have truck driver appreciation WEEK in September.

I have to dig it up but I have a photo from last year. I actually got to meet the president of my company during it. Was rather nice. Not to mention all the free food we got from shippers/receivers. Haulin refer has it's benefits. smile.gif

Posted:  6 months ago

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Prime PSD training, from a trainer's perspective.

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Craig, many of the larger companies are already fully auto or becoming so. Anyone who tests on an auto will have the restriction. However, taking the exam later on a manual to lift the restriction would be no big deal because by that time the driver would have down the backing, turning, and handling of surroundings. To only have to concentrate on the shifting that test would be a breeze.

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Yeah that is a good point. How would one re test would the company do that?

One local trucking school was telling me they teach double clutching as a selling point but is that still. Necessary in the manual trucks in todays day and age?

Yep. Double clutching is the proper way to shift a manual transmission truck. Unlike manual transmission cars trucks do not have built in syncronizers.. you the driver are the syncronizer.

More experienced drivers will float the gears but thats an advanced technique.

Posted:  6 months ago

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Stinky Trailers

And just so Tommy knows... NO we dont pay out of pocket for it.

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Posted:  6 months ago

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Preventable

Here's an expert tip. Get a wrench and loosen your fm/am antenna so that it's just tight enough to unscrew with your hand (and so that it won't fall off). Never worry about locking your keys in the truck again.

Assuming you have one accessable.. my Freightliner sure doesn't. smile.gif

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