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BK's Comment
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He looks way too happy to have just been knocked into. Some heat exhaustion factoring in there?

When I first saw that photo of Turtle I thought I was looking at Brett Farve. We're all Packer fans here, right? (Brett Farve: MVP. "More Vicodin Please")

And heck yes, what was the damage from that Flatbed vs. Flatbed fight???????

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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We're all Packer fans here, right?

No, I still have all my teeth and can count to ten.

Turtle's Comment
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It was almost nothing, really. Flatbeds were stacked 2 wide and 5 deep waiting to get into the pull through loading bays. There was a curve in the road, so my tractor was at approximately a 30° angle to my trailer, leaving my rear drive tire sticking out a tad.


Jackwagon next to me cuts it too close, and his front tandem hits my rear drive tire and mudflap. I was up on the deck getting my gear situated at the time, and I tried hollering and waving but he didn't see or hear me.


Very minor damage to the mud flap support arm. Still, I had to report it. That was a learning experience in itself, I've never had to do it before. 335k miles I've put on this truck without so much as a scratch.

The bright side was getting to meet 40 Days, and he was Johnny on the spot as a witness. I wish I could have spent more time hanging out, but I had to get the heck out of Houston while I still could.

Yeah there was definitely some heat exhaustion going on. I had just finished a 3 stop delivery in the greater Houston area, with untarp/retarp at the first two stops. 100+ temps. Good times.

Brett Favre? Never heard of her.



Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Deleted Account's Comment
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Glad you're ok and it wasnt worse Turtle.

Brett Favre? Never heard of her.

he was that guy who was in the movie theres something about Mary. "Brett Favre what're you doing here!? I'm in town to the the dolphins Dumba**."rofl-3.gif

Turtle's Comment
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Keith A.'s Comment
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If anyone ever happens to be in the Denver area feel free to give me a holler! I'm rather chained by my local spot or I'd be making a concerted effort to meet some of you!

PackRat's Comment
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Glad that didn’t end up worse. Gotta go slow and watch those mirrors constantly in tight quarters. Apparently the other driver did not. I also have the radios off and the windows down so I can hear and see better, like when Turtle hollers, “STOP!”


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chief Brody's Comment
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Turtle, Packrat, photos please.


Turtle's Comment
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Man, it was such a pleasure to finally meet the infamous Packrat! Our paths have crossed many times, but the timing was never quite right for a meet n greet.

He made me walk about 27 miles to meet him this time, but it was worth it. If I didn't have to get up so early, I would have stood they're all night and talked with him.

Till next time, brother


PackRat's Comment
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It was only 26 miles, so quit being a whinny skateboard pilot!

Great to finally meet an old friend. Many more to meet though.

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