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    Sioux Falls, SD

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    7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Happy construction season

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Looking forward to see how high a score of 'lane departures' I get from them putting the cones so far over you're riding the line. There's an override button for the buzzer, but then it thinks it needs to send constant critical event notifiers to safety.

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don't sweat it. As long as you're doing everything properly and safely safety will disregard this, especially if you have forward facing cameras. They understand its construction time in a majority of the country. Despite what other drivers would lead you to believe safety isn't out to get you. I turn my lane departure off in construction zones and have no issues.

Oh, I know they don't look at them that closely. They flat out told us they rarely, if ever, look at them because every little thing sets it off. My trainers truck went off for every on and off ramp we passed, luckily mines not quite as bad as his.

Still, even knowing that, being the new guy I half expected a call when I had 5 of them from turning it off this morning.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Happy construction season

Looking forward to see how high a score of 'lane departures' I get from them putting the cones so far over you're riding the line. There's an override button for the buzzer, but then it thinks it needs to send constant critical event notifiers to safety.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Stoopid U-turn of the day

Harvey spinning the yarn,..

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Just a question and hope you guys are not too hard on me.

Do you ever make a U-turn even if prohibited?

My son "Jay" started driving for a new company last week. Flew out of state for orientation and then given trips further north from there and 1,300 miles until he got to his home base yard. He followed the company route on Qualcomm. I was meeting him at the yard because we had taken him to the airport. I used Google maps to get there and took me on a different road than Qualcomm. I was unsure of the entrance and drove on past the driveway and saw him straight ahead of me on the right at a big intersection with no other vehicles within a half mile. Problem: big road construction and the road I was on had the other lane blocked off so he could not make a left turn. He was at a dead end. He had told me that U-turns were prohibited and there before my eyes I saw him make a U-turn. He had a 53' refer and he had huge clearance. Had to make a detour of several miles to come back around the direction I had originally come from. Some other driver in the yard that makes local trips mentioned some other spot that it's possible to turn-around but he only knows that because of driving there every day. When going back a couple of days later, the road closure was much different, no map is going to prepare a driver for the current conditions. The only way to leave the yard at this moment is to turn right even though that is supposedly going against traffic (or take several back-ups to make a left turn in what should be the on-coming traffic lane).

While I was driving him home from the yard he called the safety department and left a message about what happened and said he had no choice. That was three days ago and he hasn't heard back.

These conditions are changing too quickly for dispatch to know what route to give drivers unless other drivers explain things to them daily.

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You drove Jay to the airport? Watched him make a u-turn in his big twuk..? And then you drove him home?

C’mon...

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Harvey when was the last time you submitted to a random?

Looks to me like Jay left last week, they eventually routed him home and they were picking him up from there. Guess I'm not seeing what the problem is.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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AT&T vs T Mobile?

You can up your verizon to unlimited data. I just switched to AT&T. So far ok. T-Mobile and sprint don't have coverage when you need it.

Hope that helps.

That's the thing, I'm on an unlimited plan, but after 50gb they slow you down 'during congestion' which seems to be at random. I'll have to look at AT&T closer.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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AT&T vs T Mobile?

Hi all, sitting here trying to do some trip planning and found myself having to use the WiFi at Loves because Verizon decided to slow me down so much I may as well have been offline. In fact, Google maps said just that.

Which got me looking, right now I only get 50gb before they drop my speeds to .47 mbps down as of tonight's speed test. Not even enough to load their own app to see what my usage is this month.

AT&T and T Mobile both have 100gb options which would work better for me, but I'm wondering if anyone here could tell me how the coverage compares between the two while OTR. I run out West, but any input about how the two compare is welcome.

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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Things Are Bad, Running Out of Time

Well, that sure escalated quickly.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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2020 Freightliner Cascadia bunk climate control

Mine does the same thing, from what I could find the temperature knob is more like a thermostat rather than setting a constant temperature coming from the vent.

Googling 'Cascadia bunk temperature knob' got me a pdf that had a chart of knob clicks and the corresponding temperature it tries to keep it at.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Winter Shutdown Diversion

I'm shutdown in Heyburn ID waiting for 80 to reopen to get to Denver myself. Last I checked it's supposed to start opening between 1200-1400 tomorrow unless they change it again. If I'm being honest the time 'off' is nice.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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See Idaho chain up status online?

Anyone know if there's a place to see where you're required to chain up online for Idaho? Most other states I've been able to find something on their sites that give you an idea of the current chain up requirements, but can't find anything for Idaho other than the road cameras.

Sitting in Ellensburg WA trying to get to Denver and it looks like 90 is supposed to be getting snow in the lookout pass area and 84 is getting it in the cabbage hill area. Dispatch is fine with me going either way and I'm on the fence about which is less likely to have a chain requirement when I'm in the area late tonight/tomorrow AM.

Posted:  2 months ago

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CB RF Fail?

I run my cable through that gap around the passenger door. That door seldom gets opened.

I would just check out TA and Petro locations on their individual location web pages a day in advance of where you're going to be traveling. It will show if a specific one has a CB shop on site. For the west coast area, I'm not very knowledgeable on where specific shops are.

The biggest thing with any CB is get the best antenna and coaxial you can afford to purchase. Afterwards, get by a CB shop to get the package if antenna and radio peaked and tuned together. I just had my latest CB peaked and tuned at the shop located inside the SW TA in OKC for $25.

I'll have to do that. Definitely want to have it checked out by a cb shop to make sure it's all good. I'll likely pick up a new antenna when I get stopped for the day tomorrow just so I'm not working with unknown parts.

Posted:  2 months ago

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CB RF Fail?

I'll have to check out the Spokane one. I don't believe we go into Oklahoma.

Little update, ran inside and got some cable for the antenna that got left on the truck and ran it through the door gap for now. Now the RF out is a pass but the Antenna is a fail. Gotta love it.

Ah. The SWR is through the roof with this antenna...

Posted:  2 months ago

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CB RF Fail?

I'll have to check out the Spokane one. I don't believe we go into Oklahoma.

Little update, ran inside and got some cable for the antenna that got left on the truck and ran it through the door gap for now. Now the RF out is a pass but the Antenna is a fail. Gotta love it.

Posted:  2 months ago

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CB RF Fail?

Once so far but I don't think we go through there very often.

Posted:  2 months ago

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CB RF Fail?

I would think it is probably the factory antenna as the culprit.

Where do you travel? I know of CB shops, depending on your area.

I'm running the western 10 as Wilson calls it. Anywhere from Seattle down to LA as far East as the Wyoming/Nebraska border.

Posted:  2 months ago

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CB RF Fail?

Hey all, recently picked up a Bearcat 880 at Loves. Got it all set up, I'm using the factory Cascadia antenna until I can figure out something better without drilling holes or taking things apart to run the cables. (company truck).

I was checking out the diagnostics on it and everything checked out alright except the RF out comes back as a fail. I checked the mic and the antenna connection and both seem alright to me. The RF meter does move when you key the mic, but I couldn't get a response to tell if it was working or not.

Is there anything else I should check or is this likely a factory antenna issue? SWR on it was sitting at about 1.6 if that's relevant.

On a related note, the previous driver did leave behind a mount and an antenna, but no coax or anything for it. Can I simply run a coax through the gap in the door or will opening/closing the door on it eventually cause me problems?

Thanks in advance.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Organization Tips For Living On Truck

Taking a wild guess and saying you're in a Cascadia as well? If so, I know what my next purchase for the truck will be.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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CYA question on local road weight limits

Went to this shipper recently.

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The yellow mark on the picture is the 10 ton weight limit sign facing you as you pull out of the only access to the shipper as your loaded weighing 78,000 lbs. A steady stream of trucks roll through it everyday.

I don't why they even bothered to put up the sign.

I'm wondering if in my case it was to stop trucks from just passing through there. Although there's multiple roundabouts not far past the Costco so I have no idea why you'd want to go that way...

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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CYA question on local road weight limits

Did you look at an atlas to see if there was a different way? Sometimes you need to go a couple miles out of the way in order to stay on truck routes. The likelihood of getting hassled going down that road depends on different factors. One of which is if its a residential street you're more likely to have issues due to homeowners complaining. Depending on the state the overweight citation could be astronomical. What is the address if you don't mind sharing? Did the sign say there was a weight limit then underneath "Ahead". I've seen that a few times.

Being a local driver we have a few stores we go to that require us to take non truck routes. At one store in Cedar Rapids Iowa a homeowner would frequently call the police about it. Eventually either they quit showing up or the guy quit calling because I haven't heard anything else about it.

Only take non truck routes as a last resort. Often times there is a very good reason for it.

It was the Costco at 4000 River Point Pkwy, Sheridan, CO 80110. Looking it over now, I see a 'loading area' sign at the entrance to the one way frontage road behind it, but it looks like you'd still have to go down River Point to get there, which is where I saw the weight sign at.

I hadn't looked at the street view of River Point, the signs obvious as it was taken during daylight. Couldn't see it this morning at around 3 AM until my lights hit it coming around the corner.

Route I took was south on the 85, exit onto W Oxford then onto River Point, which is where the GPS and myself after looking at the satellite view thought I should go. I was only on River Point up to the turn in for Costco.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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CYA question on local road weight limits

I'm doing my solo week with Wilson right now and long story short, both looking on Google maps and the way my GPS had me go took me to what looked like a truck entrance that went straight to the docks.

Well, halfway through my turn onto the road leading to that, boom, 7k weight limit sign. At that point I was already committed to the turn and as there were zero other cars around I continued the couple hundred feet to that entrance.

In the future, we're generally exempt from that if our delivery takes us that way, right? That's my understanding as far as I'm aware. Topic never came up with my trainer as we didn't run into this issue. I know it's completely different where bridges are concerned, I'm referring to local roads.

Thanks in advance.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Making the jump

Thanks for the link. Turns out the photo button was staring me in the face the whole time. It's all fixed now, it was the sensor like I suspected it was.

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