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Marc Lee's Comment
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PackRat, that's great that you're turning big miles like that! Between that new heart and a new company you are really kicking it out here. Congratulations! Keep it up!

My thoughts exactly!

Simply amazing and truly inspiring.

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PackRat's Comment
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Thanks guys!

Old School, I've been through four terminals in the past 10 days--Carlisle, Indy, Lakeland, and Columbus.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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As I bask here in this fine Days Inn in Morris, IL while my truck is getting repairs performed, a thought about my recent orientation came to mind. Of one of the several short videos we saw, several were on roll over crashes. These were all Knight drivers caught on dash cam during their catastrophes. Of the four videos, two were surprising to me at the slow speed, and really caught me by surprise (just as it did the driver in the video, I’m sure!). One was on a 20 mph curve, where the driver was moving at 22 mph and rolled. The other was also a 20 mph exit, where the driver was moving at 15 mph. The biggest takeaway was the cargo itself, the type of freight and how high the center-of-gravity was for each trailer. One load was only 22,000 lbs, while the other was 39,000 lbs. Something to think about.

Most rigs I’ve seen on their sides or on their roof have usually been observed on an exit or entrance ramp, or on a long straightaway. I can’t help but wonder when I see most of these, “Now how did that start and end so badly?”.

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Only just read this this morning, but it really hit home as I'm pulling my first load with the tall paper rolls. Thanks Packrat.

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I hate those rolls. I treat them like nitroglycerin. I’m like a turtle on ramps.

My bet on straightaway roll overs is dozing off.

I hate the tall paperloads. Ive had a alot the past month and they always scare the you know what out of me. Theres something wierd about 5 or so paper rolls as tallas the top of the trailer with no straps or load locks just that wierd rubber mat underneath. I always see H.O. wolding trucks at the same spots we pickup so im sure youve dealt with it quite a bit too.

Packrat your an inspiration sir! Keep it up.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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The good about those big paper rolls is a quick load or unload. The bad is that there such a heavy load. When I was at Millis, 90% of the time it was beer or some form of paper, and they were nearly always heavy.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Ran for 17 straight days no lighter than 41k in the box. My load home was 6600 lbs, made climbing monteagle a cinch though.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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They definatley load and unload fast. The problem is getting to a dock. I always seem to get a 2hr or so wait to get to that point. Wierd you mention that pete, since ive been back from hometime its been wisconsin to rochester with beer and back with paper for awhile and all of the sudden its an 8k lb john deere load to nc. Feels wierd back there climbing these hills. Not complaining at all though.

PackRat's Comment
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That was one of my dislikes at Millis, all east of the Mississippi River, and mostly the north and northeast states. Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois then repeat it. Personally, I crave more variety in the scenery.

I've been at Knight for less than a month, and have already seen more than 30 states.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Wow! 3,750 miles is amazing! I never even got close to that. Is that a 7 day total? Congrats!

PackRat's Comment
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8 day week on that 70 hour clock, Bruce. Should be more this past 8 day week.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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8 day week on that 70 hour clock, Bruce. Should be more this past 8 day week.

I guess I should have known that when you said you were running on recaps. Nonetheless, quite an accomplishment.

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