Turn On Your CB!

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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This am on 80/94 I was passed by a FedEx wiggle wagon and noticed he had a bunch of sparks coming out of the left side brake on his rear trailer, I tried several times to contact him on the CB to no avail.

Luckily I was able to get up next to him and blow the horn and get him to pull over and see he had a CB in the cab so either it wasn't on or he wasn't listening. When I came back the other direction 2ish he was still on the shoulder so hopefully he got it fixed.

Last Friday there was a accident on 80 and having my CB in saved me from being stuck out of hours 30 minutes from my terminal since I was able to take a alternative route.

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.

Cwc's Comment
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I gotta get mine changed out. My new KW has a tiny speaker in the overhead that I cant hear a thing from.

Went out and bought a new small radio that would fit in the pull out slider so it would look all slick... Useless...

I'm thinking I'll just put my big radio in front of the glove box.😕 After having a good radio I can't stand not being able to hear anything.

Banks's Comment
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FedEx freight assigns tractors to road drivers and a lot of them have CBs in them. Sometimes a driver that doesn't have a tractor will be assigned that tractor to make a run.

I've taken runs in tractors that have a CB in them, but I've never turned it on because I have no idea how to. I also didn't want to mess with it and damage someone else's property.

Rob T.'s Comment
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My company has cobra 29 ltd classics in all our tractors but the stock antennas on our 2018 freightliner sucks so I can only hear about a mile away.

I've taken runs in tractors that have a CB in them, but I've never turned it on because I have no idea how to. I also didn't want to mess with it and damage someone else's property.

on most I've seen you just turn the volume knob up, channel 19 is where most people talk. Otherwise I've seen a walkie talkie setup for the CB at truck stops for about $35 but im guessing they have terrible distance.

PackRat's Comment
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Those handheld units are not going to cut it. Save your money. Save up your fuel points and get a better one. A must-have safety item, right up there with a reflective vest, good boots, and a warm coat.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Lol Those fed-Ex and Saia doubles fly thru the mountains rain or ice like they have a death wish! My trainers truck was governed at 68, and they flew by like we stood still.....

On I-80 west, about 40-50 miles out of Cedar Rapids, 1 Fed Ex had ended up the snowy center gulley, in a twisted mess (hours ahead of us)

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
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Steve. I'm pretty sure that's fedex ground you're referring to. Fedex freight is topped out at 65. Our road drivers are assigned tractors. You can put your own cb in of course but a lot of guys don't have one. I dont have one because I'm so low on the seniority list I don't have a run and just shuttle trailers a few miles apart. No point to get one just yet.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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This was a contractor with a sleeper usually I can't keep up with them as they go way faster than my 68. The company trucks are a lot more professional

Banks's Comment
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This was a contractor with a sleeper usually I can't keep up with them as they go way faster than my 68. The company trucks are a lot more professional

Can't argue with that. We're governed at 65, but pick up speed going downhill (obviously), but if we go over 72 MPH safety gets an e mail and a conversation will be had. The only trucks that are company owned/operated are freight and express. Custom critical and ground are independent contractors, but Freight will pull ground when they're shorthanded like now for the holidays. For that you just look at the tractor and you'll know who's pulling it.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Our trucks are 65 unless the run is 600+ miles then they are 68 and we have some 70s not sure what the mileage requirements are to get one of them but my terminal doesnt have any.

For that you just look at the tractor and you'll know who's pulling it.

Most of the time now I don't even need to see the truck, just the headlights or trailer bobbing and weaving and I can usually tell who it is.

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.

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