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RedGator's Comment
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So yesturday after 7 hours of moving in I have yet another truck. They gave me a 2013 KW T660 and I hate it! Its so small I feel like Im in a coffin and I can see out the mirrors when Im backing up or over the dashboard if I want to reach the petals. It was either that or an old moldy smelling freightliner with 900000 miles on it. Anyone have any advise on how to back this truck up? PS. Its a standard and after 9 months in an auto im not doing to bad shifting:)

Starcar's Comment
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Redgator....one of the few constants in trucking....is change. I know a T660 is small, we had a T600, after crawling out of a Western Star...it was humbling, to say the least. But I can't complain about that KW...it was honest, never broke down in 3 years, and was cheap to boot....So for all the complaints I had about no room, atleast it did what every O/O prays their truck will od...it ran all the time, and it made us more money than any of the "newer" trucks we owned before, or after it....One thing about T600 series KW's...they are so ugly theres no use hangin' chrome on em...and I think we only washed ours once in the 3 years we had it.....

RedGator's Comment
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The space although lacking is not my problem. The fact that I cant seem to backup is the biggest issue. I literally cant see out the mirrors at a 45 degree angle or over the dash unless Im standing up!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Redgator I know how you feel. My trainer had a Peterbilt and it the weirdest thing backing up, it was so difficult. I am just too small of a frame for it. I could barely get the clutch to the floor and when I did I needed to slouch downward. I saw just barely enough to back up the rig but he spotted me all the time. I haven't drive. A kenworth yet but I'm positive I would experience what you're experiencing.

HeavyHauler's Comment
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My dad had a 2009 KW W900 he taught me to drive in. I love that long 6 ft nose and wide fenders. And those W900's are power houses. One thing about those T660 is it has a slant nose. That W900 didn't. So it made some interesting driving on 2 lane dirt, gravel roads hauling cattle from our ranch to the depot 97 miles away. But once you get on Hwy-75, shes a blast.

keep your head up and you'll get use to her. Or get another new truck. lol

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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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That is why you see most KW and Pete drivers hanging half out of their truck standing on the running boards while backing. They can't see around them to save there life. Sorry but if you have to stand on your running board to back up or even open the door then you are not watching you can passenger side of the truck and that is an accident waiting to happen.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I saw a guy once standing on his running board while backing... With a Volvo.

Mark .'s Comment
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I have yet another truck.

How often do companies provide a trucker with a new/different truck? Is there a set standard?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I have yet another truck.

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How often do companies provide a trucker with a new/different truck? Is there a set standard?

No, there's no standard. Companies will give you a different truck if your current truck has repairs that will take a while to fix. They would rather send you to drive a truck that's sitting there and not making any money than have you sit in a hotel for a week, hotels aren't cheap. Also if the companies lease on the truck is about to expire you will get a different one so that they can turn it in. A few jobs force you to drive a different truck everyday but that's not a job you'll be having anytime soon if you're a rookie.

I've had the same truck for 8 months now.

Starcar's Comment
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Redgator...if its a safety issue, then talk to someone at the company. You may get an older truck, but atleast you'll get one that you can see around....I'd forgotten how those KW's were shaped.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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