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Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Is there a fuel reserve on 2015 Kenworth

I've got a 2015 Kenworth too. The fuel gauge definitely makes it look emptier than it is. I’ve found that there’s about a 15-20 gallon reserve. I wouldn’t rely on it too much, though. Running low can stir up junk from the bottom of the tanks, which can mess up your filters. Better to plan stops a bit earlier if you can. I learned that the hard way once!

Posted:  2 months ago

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New Driver being labeled as a High Risk and Terminated from Company

I need some advice and help regarding a family member who recently started a career in trucking.

He got his CDL and began working with a company in Florida. After completing his training hours, he was given his own truck. Unfortunately, he had two incidents on the same day – he scratched another trailer and broke a mirror off his truck. As a result, he was labeled a high risk and terminated from the company.

He's now struggling to find a new job, even though he's a decent young man eager to work and earn his way. Is there anything he can do to get back on track and find employment in the trucking industry?

Thank you for any guidance!

Thank you both for responding. I am grateful.

While searching for answers I came across this forum. He didn't know it existed.

He is not saying he wasn't trained well enough, I was thinking that.

Old School, you have given me a clearer understanding of the issue.

It will help in going forward. Thank you so much.

Peace and blessings always

Posted:  2 months ago

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Trying to find a SMALL carrier

Hi Joshua,

It can be tough finding the right opportunity, especially with the recent experience hurdle. You've already got some great advice here. Along with checking LinkedIn, Indeed, and Craigslist, consider reaching out to smaller, family-owned carriers in your area. They might be more flexible with your experience. Also, try networking at truck stops or industry events where you can meet people directly. Sometimes a personal connection can open doors that online applications can't. Good luck!

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Does anyone know why recent OTR experience is so important to many OTR companies? I've wondered this for 30 years and never heard a definitive answer.

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I always assumed it was because of insurance requirements. Does that have anything to do with it?

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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What is a good price for truck service. I have Kenworth with 600 Cummins

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I'm in line at the Lake Station T/A, waiting for a pm and oil pan gasket as we speak. No idea of the cost. It's nice being able to pull up and just say "Hey, do this and bill my company."

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I hope they do a better job on your gasket than what they did on mine. 3 times I had to get it replaced. Just checked it again yesterday & it appears to be holding.

Apparently, there's an issue with the front seam on the engine where it sits. I was told that if that last one didn't work, I'd have to go to FL & they'd have to grind the front of the engine block down on that seam.

And I agree completely about not having the headaches of paying for service. I had the belt go out while I was driving. When I saw the bill for the road service my eyes popped out of my head. Over $1,000 for both belts & the tensioner.

For servicing your Kenworth with a 600 Cummins, prices can vary depending on your location and the specific services needed. Generally, a full PM (preventive maintenance) service can range from $300 to $800, but major repairs or replacements, like a transmission service, can cost more. It's a good idea to get quotes from a few reputable local mechanics to compare.

While cheaper isn't always better, finding a balance between cost and quality is crucial. Checking out reviews and asking for recommendations from other truckers in your area can help ensure you get reliable service at a fair price.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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What is a good price for truck service. I have Kenworth with 600 Cummins

For servicing your Kenworth with a 600 Cummins, prices can vary depending on your location and the specific services needed. Generally, a full PM (preventive maintenance) service can range from $300 to $800, but major repairs or replacements, like a transmission service, can cost more. It's a good idea to get quotes from a few reputable local mechanics to compare.

While cheaper isn't always better, finding a balance between cost and quality is crucial. Checking out reviews and asking for recommendations from other truckers in your area can help ensure you get reliable service at a fair price.

Posted:  3 months ago

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New Kenworth T680 10-speed Automatic the good and the bad

Big thanks to Farmerbob1 for the review on the Kenworth T680 Automatic. Here’s my quick take:

The lurching sounds like a bit of a pain, especially with a heavy load. It’s one of those quirks that seems to pop up more than we’d like.

Storage space is a sore spot, huh? It’s always a juggle finding places for all our stuff. Might have to get creative with organizing solutions.

But hey, that fuel efficiency sounds pretty sweet. Saving on gas is always a win in my book.

And less stress in city driving? That’s a big thumbs up. Anything that makes the drive smoother is a plus in my world.

So, it's a bit of give-and-take with the T680. Those miles per gallon and easier rides are tempting, but it’s a bummer about the storage and that lurching issue. Drive safe out there!

Catch you on the flip side!

I had been driving a 2015 Freightliner Cascadia eight speed manual for six months since I went solo, but wanted to try an automatic.

Sooo... I asked about it, and there was a 2016 Kenworth T680 10-speed Automatic available.

I decided to try it.

The bad:

Sleeper storage space is horrible compared to the Freightliner. It's even bad compared to the T680's my two trainers had.

Accessible storage in the cab, reachable from the driver's seat, is absolutely miserable compared to the Freightliner.

The arrangement of the cupholders is disgusting. The two cupholders are on the far side of the automatic shift lever. This means that when I put my cupholder mount for my smartphone in either cupholder spot, I cannot use the other, due to the shift lever or the smartphone mount blocking the empty cupholder. Fortunately, the odds-and-ends hole on the drivers side of the shift lever is just big enough that I can jam a 20oz soda bottle in it.

There is only one light switch for the sleeper, not the four that the Freightliner had. All or nothing.

When I sleep, I have to put my CPAP machine on the 5-gallon bucket I keep in the sleeper, because the sleeper controls are on the opposite side from the desk, and the shelf near the sleeper controls is only wide enough to be a step, not a storage place. When I am not sleeping, I have to disconnect and store the CPAP machine, as there is nowhere to permanently store it where it can be used, and doesn't risk being damaged.

The damn truck lurches like a drunken sailor when trying to back with a heavy load, meaning I have to be super careful when backing.

Acceleration from a stop is very slow when loaded. The automatic shifts low gears much slower than I can float them.

The Good:

The desk is much bigger than the Cascadia's desk. I can actually put my laptop on it, AND have room for a drink, and a mouse too!

Despite slow loaded acceleration, city driving is much less stressful. I can pay more attention to what is around me, and less attention to shifting.

The fuel mileage isn't something that impacts me directly as a company driver, but I'll comment on it anyway, because it is one of very few things I like about the truck. I drove 850 miles from Dallas, TX to Ft. Collins, CO with 43,000 in the box. Then deadheaded 420 miles to Liberal, KS and have driven 800 more miles to Potts Camp, MS with 42000 in the box. My MPG for all 2070 miles? 9.3 MPG.

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The takeaway? There's nothing critically bad about the new truck, but I'm still going to try to pick up a Freightliner Automatic in 90 days when I get back to the yard. And before I switch trucks again, I am going to make sure it has intelligently designed storage space, unlike this T680 Automatic.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Kenworth t680 w automatic

Absolutely, Mark. If you're smelling the brakes and gaining too much speed downhill, trying a lower gear like 8th might help control your speed better with less brake use. The Jake Brake's effectiveness can vary between trucks, so even if the dealer says it's working, it might not feel as strong as you're used to. Consider asking them if there's a way to adjust it for more power. Stay safe and keep experimenting with gear settings to find what works best for your Kenworth T680.

I am confused on the automatics and going downhill fully loaded. (41k)

At the crest of the hill I slow down 50-55. (Not major downgrade) I switch down to 9th gear. The rpm goes up to 16,000 and roars. I start firmly pressing the break on and then release for 5 seconds. I start gaining momentum. I have the jag brake on full and here is where I am confused. (Jag brakes does not seem to help)

Should I have shifted down to 8? Because 9th and applying brakes is not cutting it. I am not smoking the brakes but I can smell them when I stop. (That's if I stopped right away)

Side note. My thoughts on the jag brakes from a previous truck .... They slowed the truck down. But not so much here. I just brought the truck to dealer and said they not work. They tested and said they work. Feeling dumb😠

Posted:  2 years, 7 months ago

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Sitting in a truck all day

Hi All I am currently debating on getting my cdl, I want to make a career change after 30 years as a painting contractor. I dont mind at all being by myself all day, but I am concerned about sitting in a truck for 8-12 hours a day. I know I can even get really frustrated while driving in a car for two hours. Is there a difference knowing you are getting paid while driving? How have any of you new or experienced truck drivers adjusted to the long hours of driving? Its my biggest concern, so it will be a decision maker for me. I will be 60 years old the end of January, so have mellowed out over the years. Thanks!

In my experience, if you are doing LTL, then most likely you will spend most of the day loading and unloading trailers, sometimes it takes a long time. We, some wall work drivers, think that it is something terrible if they have to do the loading themselves, but I like that you can combine physical activity as a pleasant break, which I spent while driving. You will rarely spend a lot of time on the road or on the road, you decide, as a rule, when to go and you can choose the time when the road is not loaded. On long trips, if you don't have the habit, it's better not to go.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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Flatbed Variety

Cool! What cool photos, thanks guys! I saw a lot of flatbeds in wall work, but so that I was never fully loaded at work (I looked at all the pictures for two hours, it was very interesting to find out. A good profession, difficult, responsible and not for the weak to carry such goods even practically crawling on the asphalt!!! Thanks a lot!!!

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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I've Never Even Seen Snow!

I live and work where there is a lot of snow. At first it was very problematic for me because I grew up in Florida. For a long time I could not get used to the fact that in the morning before going to work you need to clear your way. I own a Ford F-150, I bought a snow plow for it in wall work trucks. That was really the right decision) My neighbors were especially happy.

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