Have A Chance To Get A Manual

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Navypoppop's Comment
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Jamie, I agree with you. I am an old dog retired driver and I would take a manual any day over an automatic. I only drove an auto twice, didn't like the reaction while backing up and gave the truck back for the old manual. Just my thoughts about auto.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Old School's Comment
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The auto-shifts are so improved now days that I personally find them amazing. The Volvo I-shift does an incredible job in all terrain and weather conditions. It works great in reverse also. I'm not a paid spokesperson for Volvo, but I am available if they need one! smile.gif

PackRat's Comment
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I pulled a hill coming out of a shipper yesterday that gave me the transmission warning light in this IH.

Was at a warehouse called, "Daily Juice" in Pittsburgh, PA. Was the only way to exit the plant that was a truck route, but it was a 1st gear, quarter mile pull up a 10% grade. It started out in 5th, and almost died trying to get itself into a gear low enough to make it. Then to top it off, at the top of this hill is an intersection with a stop sign! Luckily no cars were too close, because I chose to roll through it to make the right turn. Otherwise, I may have ended up back down that incline with smoking brakes.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Of the trucks I've driven that are "auto" the volvo is hands down the smoothest ride and backs without bucking unless I intentionally slam my foot down. Even the 2011 that's about to get retired from the fleet is pretty smooth, but the 2017 Kenworths we have seem to lurch and bounce around when trying to back.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Of the trucks I've driven that are "auto" the volvo is hands down the smoothest ride and backs without bucking unless I intentionally slam my foot down. Even the 2011 that's about to get retired from the fleet is pretty smooth, but the 2017 Kenworths we have seem to lurch and bounce around when trying to back.

I can concur on 2017 kenworths. My t680 is brutal i get nothing nothing nothing then BOOM! im doing zero to 60 in 4 sec. Sometimes i get a crawl and perfect though, i honestly have no idea. God forbid i hit a big crack or a pothole and have to give it a bit more pedal. This week has been perfect though. All decline docks so far and i find its much smoother to glide down in neutral feathering the brake.

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PackRat's Comment
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It's a centrifugal clutch, so it takes it a bit to "wind up".

TIP---Go light on the accelerator and use the brake pedal similar to a clutch pedal. Makes it much smoother.

Don's Comment
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Personally, I love the auto's. City driving is a breeze with them.

EricGuvNC's Comment
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Jamie, if you go to manual, you better make sure you can go back to AMT if you don't synchronize with the manual. No pun intended.

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EricGuvNC's Comment
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Sometimes, them thar Elder Folks (like ME), caint git the bleedin' Clutch Pedal to operate the way our legs prefer, so floating is the only way up and down other than stoppin' and backin'.

For all the Trucking I do, which is almost consistently parked, I no care for "autoshaft". Eye jist toler8 et.

>>when I was rolling OTR from 2011-2017, I used (separately) 2 trucks with autoshift AND Clutch Pedals. That was SOOO MUCH BETTER than the clutch free versions. In essence nowadays, all Automatic Trucks are simply LARGE CARS!

CHEERS!!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I’m back in my old truck for a couple of days. Apparently the radiators in Freightliners are made of plastic and aluminum foil. This is my second radiator failure in 2 months.

Anyway, you can have your manual, I’ll stick with my AMT. Can’t wait to get back in my new(er) truck.

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