Was It Something I Said?

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Greg M.'s Comment
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Yesterday I referred to an owner operators ridiculously over-stretched and over chromed old KW as a "high school homecoming parade float." The look he gave me makes me think I may have crossed some sort of line.

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An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Well you did insult something someone has obviously spent a lot of time and money customizing. But I agree some of those custom rigs are over the top.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

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Greg M.'s Comment
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He cutoff 4 of us and jumped ahead in the check in line. I think mine was the kindest comment he got.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Personally I think stretched rigs with nothing over the overstretched frame is just silly looking. What is even more hilarious is many of them have tiny coffin sleepers on them. They have totally destroyed the turning radius of their truck over what? Nothing is gained. It just looks silly. If they stretched it and put a motorcycle lift back there, I would be like awesome. But, just a lot of empty space for no reason. And it does NOT look cool. Maybe in 1980 it was; then again, people thought fake wood pannelling on station wagons looked cool too.

Just my opinion, I am sure there are a people out there who thinks it looks cool. I’m a practical person.

PackRat's Comment
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The extra long wheelbase allows for a very smooth ride, while cutting the mpg by usually at least 1 mpg.

Greg M.'s Comment
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There are a couple guys like this that work out of our facility. I drive a Cascadia sleeper and I have enough room between rows to approach my spot on my right, go past it then start to execute a 180 to the left and get pretty much lined up for a straight in back. These guys have to jockey around for ever because they have so little room in front of them.

Personally I think stretched rigs with nothing over the overstretched frame is just silly looking. What is even more hilarious is many of them have tiny coffin sleepers on them. They have totally destroyed the turning radius of their truck over what? Nothing is gained. It just looks silly. If they stretched it and put a motorcycle lift back there, I would be like awesome. But, just a lot of empty space for no reason. And it does NOT look cool. Maybe in 1980 it was; then again, people thought fake wood pannelling on station wagons looked cool too.

Just my opinion, I am sure there are a people out there who thinks it looks cool. I’m a practical person.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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A lot of those trucks aren't as long as you think because of the coffin sleeper. My current truck has a 280"wb and our 4 axle heavy haul units are 305" due to the extra drop axle. They're just as long or longer than those custom trucks but don't look like it and I'm pretty confident that I can get in places a lot of people think I'll never fit in. Look up Project 350 sometime. Ritchie was an east coast reefer hauler and he put that truck just about everywhere.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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It is my opinion, but they still look silly. Use that space for something constructive. a Custom sleeper, motorcycle lift, something. As far as fitting into tight spots that is credit to the driver, not the machine. Just think what the individual could accomplish with 234” of wheel base over the 280”?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It is my opinion, but they still look silly. Use that space for something constructive. a Custom sleeper, motorcycle lift, something. As far as fitting into tight spots that is credit to the driver, not the machine. Just think what the individual could accomplish with 234” of wheel base over the 280”?

Don't forget that a lot of those guys run 48' trailers. The overall length is still the same and you're right about it being a credit to the driver because they can still hit the same docks you do. Once you learn how to maneuver it, it's not that hard.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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Yesterday I referred to an owner operators ridiculously over-stretched and over chromed old KW as a "high school homecoming parade float." The look he gave me makes me think I may have crossed some sort of line.

What was the purpose of your statement? I mean if you're just looking to insult something that someone obviously cares about then, yeah, you're probably gonna get the death glare lol

Why say anything at all?

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

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