I Finally Ran Into One Of "those" People

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If you think I think I'm 's Comment
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Yup people that generally dislike trucks/truckers. But the irony of it was the disliker put himself in the predicament, no one else. So if you're familiar with I-70 west of Denver at exit 133, in Dotsero, clearly marked as "Truck Parking MM133" on the old Google Maps, is... yup you guessed it! Truck parking. So I was wrapping up a 10 hour leg from Fabulous Las Vegas and was pulling in about 1700. Spots where filling up fast, but the rest of the truckers did some social distancing away from this Bus/RV that descided to camp out. Well... all that was about left of the spots was next to the RV and I didn't hesitate. Not one second did the thought cross my mind that an RV'er/trucker disliker would take issue with a truck parking next to him at a place labeled "Truck Parking". Well I tell you what, why I have never been so misinformed on a topic. So I parked and my truck idled down and I did my post trip and set up the comfort mode on my Cascadia, then proceeded to do paperwork and double prep my plan for my delivery in Aurora in the am. It was warm-ish and 3188 was idling merrily away as I was lost in thought, my reverie was soon and quite abruptly dispelled by a knock on my door. Now I was not expecting said knock and I suffer from what some folks can call combat fatigue, shell shock, PTSD or what have you. Needless to say, I went from 0 to 100 real quick and had many muscle memories take over. Anyway there's this graying gentleman in flip flops and cargo shorts and a very dapper polo and coordinated visor, I'm sure you've seen the type. He proceeded to ask me when I was going to shut down my truck because he and the fam couldn't hear the TV. In my haste to park without so much as a thought toward his dilemma, I guess my truck's engine bay lined up pretty good with his push out living room. I worked really, really hard to keep an even keel and explained to him how the Freightliner's Optimized Idle worked...he was neither impressed nor amused. No, he was mad that he couldn't hear his tv and probably didn't hear half of my explanation. Instead he just asked me to shut down. Now I can be verbose and quick to wit and I said "Sure, I'll be over in 5 minutes for dinner and a movie." All I got was a quizzical gawp from the face of this gentleman. So I shut off the truck and said since he was nice enough to invite me into his home on wheels that he should let me bring the cokes. More gawp. I explained since it was too warm not to run my truck, I really appreciated the thought to allow me to keep cool inside his RV. More gawp before he turned and walked back around the front of my truck towards his mobile domicile. I think just for a fleeting moment I saw a stutter in his step, like he might just turn and come back. Nope. So after sundown and the temps dropped 3188 continued to cycle on every so often... and so did my reefer. I was up and gone as soon as my 10 was reset and the RV was still parked as I pulled away. This afternoon as I was going west on I70, he sat there, still....surrounded by other truckers.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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This is all the fun I miss out on doing linehaul , generally I thought Rvers as pretty reasonable people you must have really angered him trying to stay cool and all.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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When he asked when you were going to shut the truck off you should have told him about the same time he decides to pay for a parking spot at an RV park.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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When he asked when you were going to shut the truck off you should have told him about the same time he decides to pay for a parking spot at an RV park.

Uh oh . . . was it Navypoppop ?!?!? Oh, NO~!!!

LoLoL .. sorry.gif rofl-3.gif sorry.gif

~ Anne ~

Navypoppop's Comment
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2 replies here on this one.

First for Mikey B, EXCELLENT response on that reply. He had the option of an Rv park but is too cheap to spend $50 for the right place to go. He's lucky that MSgt C didn't hand him his head in a basket.

Second for Anne A. Oh hell no! Even after being retired for 10 years I still know what a driver goes through. Besides an Rv in a truck only parking area raising a *****? You got to be kidding. No it would never be me. Love you for thinking about me.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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2 replies here on this one.

First for Mikey B, EXCELLENT response on that reply. He had the option of an Rv park but is too cheap to spend $50 for the right place to go. He's lucky that MSgt C didn't hand him his head in a basket.

Second for Anne A. Oh hell no! Even after being retired for 10 years I still know what a driver goes through. Besides an Rv in a truck only parking area raising a *****? You got to be kidding. No it would never be me. Love you for thinking about me.

LuvyaBACK, sir!

It was ALL in good fun; I just HAD to, hahaha!!

Stay SAFE out there, you & the missus. If you change your mind about Ohio, leme know!

~ Anne ~

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