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G-Town's Comment
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And the reasoning is that in the past drivers (especially lease guys) would use the Johnson bar instead of the service brakes to save on maintenance costs. So you can't blame Prime for their decision to eliminate them from the trucks.

Ernie

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Wow. I don't know what to say to that. And no, can't blame them.

I know exactly what to say..

Use of the trolly brake (Johnson Bar) as a replacement for using the service brake is foolish at best. There is relatively little play in it, very difficult to feather it because there is no “feel” to it...almost binary; “off” or “on”. Quickest way I know to smoke the trailer brakes.

It’s a shame that everyone suffers due to the stupidity of a few.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Its also an indication of the lengths lease ops go to reduce costs. if they made THAT much, would they have bothered with the brake. nope

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Its also an indication of the lengths lease ops go to reduce costs. if they made THAT much, would they have bothered with the brake. nope

Excellent point. They are raking in the dough so fast they would rather risk an accident than brake properly.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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And the reasoning is that in the past drivers (especially lease guys) would use the Johnson bar instead of the service brakes to save on maintenance costs. So you can't blame Prime for their decision to eliminate them from the trucks.

Ernie

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Wow. I don't know what to say to that. And no, can't blame them.

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I know exactly what to say..

Use of the trolly brake (Johnson Bar) as a replacement for using the service brake is foolish at best. There is relatively little play in it, very difficult to feather it because there is no “feel” to it...almost binary; “off” or “on”. Quickest way I know to smoke the trailer brakes.

It’s a shame that everyone suffers due to the stupidity of a few.

Yeah, insanity.

Kim T.'s Comment
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Yes, we had to rock it several time to get it to finally release. It was definitely stubborn but I (and the guy that helped me) were more stubborn. I came to the conclusion that that trailer was cursed...it gave me problems the entire time I had it. I was so glad when I finally dropped it in Ohio and picked up an empty to take closer to home.

After a fight with night dispatch over the off duty/personal conveyance rule I finally got home around 0200 (EST) (I won). My son stayed up to wait on me so that he could shuffle the cars around so I could get my truck in the driveway. So, I’m going to kick back, do some Christmas shopping, cook a belated Thanksgiving dinner for my kids (homemade lasagna), and probably give the kids their gifts since I will be working through Christmas.

Have a great day everyone!

Kim T.'s Comment
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I’m heading back out on the road after some much needed home time with my family. Funny thing is, I’m heading back to the place where I dropped the last load to pick up an empty. I’m hoping that cursed trailer I had is already gone. lol Fortunately, I’m heading north then west on this load so I’m not running into any storms...I hope. Fingers crossed that this will be an uneventful trip, unlike my last load.

Be safe and warm everyone!

Kim T.'s Comment
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Be sure to look for my parking job tonight on Twisted Truckers. LOL It’s reeeeeally bad. Oh well.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Be sure to look for my parking job tonight on Twisted Truckers. LOL It’s reeeeeally bad. Oh well.

LOL. Did you hit anything? If not, it's a good job

Kim T.'s Comment
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LOL No, I didn’t hit anything. It was probably one of the worst parking jobs in trucking history. rofl-2.gif Once the trucks on either side of me pulled out, I fixed it.

In my defense, this is a very small Pilot, there is only one way in and out of the parking area, and there isn’t enough room to turn around. So, if someone got a pic of my crappy parking and posts it online somewhere, more power to ‘em. LOL

CK's Comment
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I just finished reading all 42 pages of this thread. Great info. Congratulations! Your story is great! I applied with Prime and the recruiter said that since I will be going to Salt Lake City for orientation, I have to get my CDL permit in my home state of California, then call her back and she'll schedule my orientation.

Been reading Brett's book, and working on the high road. I'm so looking forward to this opportunity, I'll probably be giving my recruiter call back right after the holidays.

Quick question, I've seen CPAP mentioned in several places. I don't have a history of sleep apnea or any other health issues, do I need to undergo a sleep study or anything like that?

Anyway, congrats Kim and I look forward to meeting all of you on the road at some point :-)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Sleep Apnea:

A physical disorder in which you have pauses in your breathing, or take shallow breaths, during sleep. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Normal breathing will usually resume, sometimes with a loud choking sound or snort.

In obstructive sleep apnea, your airways become blocked or collapse during sleep, causing the pauses and shallow breathing.

It is a chronic condition that will require ongoing management. It affects about 18 million people in the U.S.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

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